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August 1, 2012

BP Unfiltered

Franklin Morales, Proven Closer

by Sam Miller

Last night, Franklin Morales got a save. Here is what Franklin Morales did: 

  • Enters game, leading by three, with one runner on and one out in the inning; 
  • Gets groundout for second out; 
  • Allows single; 
  • Walks batter; 
  • Showers; 
  • Goes home; 
  • Watches Tosh.0;
  • Falls asleep. 

So how did he get a save? His horse is named Friday!!!

No wait. That's the wrong riddle. He got the save because ...

Yes, Morales was actually pitching in the sixth inning, and when the game was called on account of weather, he was given credit for getting the last out of a three-run game. He did not retire the last batter he faced. But he recorded the last out of the game.

There are all sorts of stupid ways to get a save. This is the stupidest way to get a save. We've found the stupidest way to get a save. On the one hand, who cares? I don't care. On the other, baseball is the worst and we should stop watching it henceforth. 

h/t to Matt Sussman

Sam Miller is an author of Baseball Prospectus. 
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