RossInfoMan Posted September 24, 2003 Share Posted September 24, 2003 I know its pretty obvious that Looper has lost his closer's role, but the quote by TJ in the article seems to be a change from saying hes going to base it on matchups to saying Urbina is now the closer: MIAMI (Sept. 24) -- Florida Marlins closer Braden Looper lost his job to Ugueth Urbina on Wednesday after three straight rough outings. Manager Jack McKeon made the change to try to help the Marlins protect their lead in the NL wild-card race. "Right now I'm going to go with Urbina," McKeon said. "But we still have faith in Looper." Urbina, a right-hander, led the AL with 26 saves when he was traded by Texas to Florida in July. He earned his fourth save in six chances with Florida against Philadelphia on Tuesday and lowered his ERA to 1.49. Looper, also a right-hander, blew consecutive save chances against Atlanta, then walked the only two batters he faced in the eighth inning Tuesday. Florida fans booed Looper, then cheered when he left the game. "I can feel their pain," he said. "Believe me, I'm not out there trying to do what I did." Looper threw on the side Wednesday and said he's adjusting his mechanics. "I'm going to be fine," he said. "It's just a bad time, obviously. I'm frustrated with it, but I'll make it all right." 09/24/03 18:51 EDT Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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