The secret to being a good closer lies in the ability to shake off the inevitable ugly outing and move on unbowed to the next challenge.
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2012 LEADING CLOSERS
Jim Johnson, Baltimore — Saves 51, Strikeouts 41, Walks 15, ERA 2.49.
Fernando Rodney, Tampa Bay — Saves 48, Strikeouts 76, Walks 15, ERA 0.60.
Craig Kimbrel, Braves — Saves 42, Strikeouts 116, Walks 14, ERA 1.01.
Rafael Soriano, Yankees — Saves 42, Strikeouts 69, Walks 24, ERA 2.26.
Jason Motte, St. Louis — Saves 42, Strikeouts 86, Walks 17, ERA 2.75.