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Wednesday Wallpaper: Frazier Is a Lifesaver, White Sox Surge, Wright Proves He’s a Mere Mortal, Closer Logic by MLBN’s Williams

Not only is Todd Frazier (.278/.329/.620) helping Reds fans forget about Scott Rolen’s absence, his mastery of the Heimlich manuever prevented a fellow restaurant-goer from choking to death.

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After winning their seventh game in a row, a 7–2 triumph over the Rays in St. Petersburg, perhaps it is time to take the second-place White Sox seriously?

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Trade David Wright, scream angry callers on WFAN! Since his batting average peaked at .415 on May 21, Wright has gone 5 for 30, sending his average all the way down to  .370. He still leads the bigs with a .470 on-base percentage and 190 OPS+.

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Here is former closer Mitch Williams, author of “The Art of Closing”:

There are many so-called experts that claim anyone can close games. I am here to tell you that couldn’t be more false! I have played with guys that could go out in the seventh and eighth innings and dominate, but when put in the closer situation they couldn’t begin to do it.

Here is current MLB Network analyst Mitch Williams, author of “The Art of Closing”:

What makes a great closer is the understanding that the pressure is not on you as the pitcher. The pressure is on the hitter. You already have the lead as the pitcher.

In other words, many great seventh- and eighth-inning pitchers fail miserably in the closer’s role because they don’t recognize that the ninth is an easier inning in which to pitch.

Awkwardly done, Mitch!

Jason Epstein is the president of Southfive Strategies, LLC. He was a public-relations consultant for the Turkish embassy in Washington from 2002 to 2007.

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