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March 26, 2009

Sherrill update

Closer George Sherrill knows his numbers are ugly right now. He's given up 17 base runners in 5 1/3 innings of work, but he says he always has trouble bringing his mechanics together in spring training and expects his performance to improve during the final days of training camp.

If they don't, he said he would have no problem if manager Dave Trembley decided to start the season with Chris Ray as the primary closer.

“He (Ray) has looked good this spring,’’ Sherrill said. “If that’s something they want to do, that’s fine. All I want to do is win. I don’t care what my title is.”

Posted by Peter Schmuck at 3:33 PM | | Comments (9)
Categories: Just baseball


I've heard him speak like this before . We could use about 24 more like him .

I think the Orioles should think about making a trade for a young starting pitcher with some major league experience. Maybe a trade like Bergesen and Montanez to Cleveland for Jeremy Sowers (or Laffey). Both are lefties with some Major League experience and both didn't make the 25-man roster. So, maybe Orioles can deal. I think Bergesen sounds like a very good pitcher, but you need to give up a little to get something and the real future is with Tillman, Arrieta, and Matisu. Nolan Riemold can replace anything Montanez can do.

How is Randor Bierd doing with the Red Sox?

I'm sure Sherrill will regain his form, especially if he goes back to the role that he's used to, set-up man.

It's nice to have that attitude from Sherrill; it'd be nicer if it was accompanied by reasonably solid numbers, too!

Who cares? They're not going to get many closing opportunities anyway.

When you have a 4+ era as a closer you're just glad to have a job.Another guy that has to go.

Well, isn't that sweet. I am being facetious, of course. But Sherrill has looked like an amateur all spring. I don't think his head is in the game right now. I have seen him pitch a couple of times in Lauderdale and he appears to be struggling. I hope his statement about Ray being the closer is genuine and not sour grapes. If the latter, I don't see him being on this team come July. Dave won't tolerate that kind of behavior.


You have to like Sherrill's mentality. He's a throwback player. He'd lay down on the railroad tracks to take one for the team. It's team before individual for him, the way it used to be, and the way it should still be.

Pete's reply: I hope he's a throwback player, but the hitters are throwing it back at him right now.

Georgie needs to be the closer so he can rake in some prospects in July.

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