The job of being a MLB closer is not something that everyone can do. Even selecting one team, it is difficult to pinpoint more than one or two that had the potential to be great closers at one time or another. In their great history the Atlanta Braves have had a few that looked to be great or even that were great. John Smoltz, Mark Wohlers and of course Billy Wagner have all been part of that history in the last couple of decades but Craig Kimbrel could be the greatest of them all.
Smoltz really wanted to be a starter, Wohlers wasn’t able to keep closing for very long and Wagner was with the Braves towards the end of his great career. Kimbrel has as good or better stuff as it pertains to closing baseball games as any one of them or anyone else. Even those names are pretty good company for a closer to be in for the Braves but Kimbrel isn’t taking a back seat to anyone. Though is very nice about it and by all accounts, one of the really good guys in the game, Kimbrel is all business when closing more games than anyone that has ever toed the rubber for the Braves.
He is still fairly young and has plenty of time left on his contract. Unless something terrible happens and God forbid he gets injured, Kimbrel should keep going until he starts getting mentioned with the greats of all time including Mariano Rivera. Only time will tell but Braves fans should really appreciate that they have the best closer in the game today right in front of them and in his prime. Every time he takes the ball, it is history in the making.