Henderson comments on losing his closer job | Disciples of Uecker

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Ousted Brewers closer Jim Henderson appeared on 1250 WSSP Tuesday morning, a day after the first save opportunity of the season unexpectedly went to Francisco Rodriguez. A variety of topics were discussed in the interview, but they got the big question out of the way early: what happened?

Quoth Hendo:

“Nothing happened. It’s something I’ve been through since I’ve been in Milwaukee, you get moved and and out. Whoever’s throwing the ball best, that’s who you want in the 9th. … I know I didn’t have a great spring, but I was successful at the end of spring and hopefully we can continue that.”

Did Ron Roenicke talk to him at all before making the decision to put K-Rod in the 9th?

“Ron talked to me two days ago on our off day. It was a little shocking, you have to admit that, but at the same time I understand. I wasn’t throwing the ball well in spring. The ball wasn’t coming out the way it was last year. It was 91-94, okay for most people, but that’s not how I need to be pitching.”

So if he isn’t the Capital-C-Closer, what’s his role right now?

“That’s a mystery to me. (laughs) We’ll see how it goes. I think it’d be great to just get out there, I don’t really care what inning right now. I just want to go out there and compete.”

While the public bait-and-switch caught everyone by surprise, it looks like Roenicke at least let the parties involved know ahead of time, and will give Henderson the chance to win his old job back — again. He also seems to have a reasonable reaction to temporarily being displaced: he wasn’t cutting it, he knew he wasn’t up to par and he didn’t want to hurt the team’s chances of winning while he tried to figure things out with games on the line.

Rodriguez gets the 9th inning for now, but as we saw on Opening Day, his outings will tend to be adventures. Enough 30-Pitches-of-Terror outings, and Henderson may be back in the 9th inning sooner rather than later.

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  1. dbug says: April 1, 2014

    Both of those guys are a little shaky. Hopefully they have a future guy in mind.

    • Vin B says: April 1, 2014

      Pretty much all relievers not named Rivera or Kimbrel are shaky. I think depth is what’s more important here and the Brewers seem to have enough of it. Besides Hendy and KRod, there’s Kintzler and Smith. Wooten and Figaro in AAA have experience in Majors.

      • dbug says: April 1, 2014

        I’m cool with typical reliever-level shaky, but K-Rod shaky is a little more unnerving.

    • Vin B says: April 1, 2014

      Also, David Goforth, the AA prospect who throws 95-100, should be in the mix later in the year.

  2. Michael says: April 1, 2014

    I’m actually thinking the best case scenario is for Krod to be the closer all season. It means he’s pitching well enough to keep the role. Additionally, it gives them flexibility in the other late innings assuming Henderson ends up being ok. If they can get quality high leverage innings out of Kintzler, Henderson, Smith, and Krod they’re in a good spot regardless of bullpen roles.

  3. Jake W says: April 1, 2014

    With Henderson(hopefully) providing high leverage innings and not closing his arbitration costs will be much lower. Likely not the main factor on the decision but still a potential positive.

    • dbug says: April 1, 2014

      If Henderson’s agent lets that happen, he should probably be kicked out of the profession. A competent agent should be able to demonstrate that a lock of a phony stat like “saves” doesn’t mean that much when it comes to assessing the value of the player.

    • Vin B says: April 1, 2014

      It’s not about the agent arguing his case so much as finding the right player comps. That’s what most of arbitration is based on. Without saves or holds, you can still use IP and ERA which will bring a decent amount of money to any good reliever. However, using saves shrinks the player comp pool to closers whom traditionally get paid a lot more than any ol’ “good” reliever.

      It’s the same reason hitters still use RBI in arb’s. You can use batting average or even OBP. But if you have a ton of RBIs, you can just point to Miggy or another good player and say, “Miggy makes this much which is market value so I should make x % of that”.

      • dbug says: April 1, 2014

        Well, that’s what I’m talking about. If your agent is just presenting comps, then you might as well use your real estate agent. Granted, I’ve never participated in one of these hearings, but from what I read, there is a lot more going into the arguments than just exchange comps.


  4. Derek says: April 2, 2014

    Bring back Turnbough


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