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    Ratsbuddy
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    Sutter was only 69 years old. Was always a big fan of his. Always love to bring Sutter into the game during the late innings when I’m playing Strat-O-Matic. He is almost always pretty much money in the bank.

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    My son texted me about this, not long before he texted me about the guy who played hagrid in the Harry Potter movies dying. It’s hard to wrap around. I just don’t think of these guys as being that old but I’m getting that old so it shouldn’t surprise me. I think your mental picture of people tends to hang around your biggest memories of them so it skews your thinking. To me Bruce was and is the best closer I ever saw. He could easily go multiple innings as well as come into innings with guys on. No jab at worrell cause he was great but I think if sutter is the closer in 85, he doesn’t give up those runs after that horrendous call. Rest in peace, Bruce. In my memories you will always exist.

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    Man, Brock, Gibson and now Bruce Sutter gone. My Cardinal HOF heroes who provided me with countless thrills. Bruce Sutter was without question the best closer I’ve seen play. Hand him the baseball in the 7th and hang another W on the board.

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    Thought of making a separate thread on the passing of Bruce Sutter, but this is as good of a place as any to share our memories and respects for Bruce.

    Those of us who watched the Cardinals in the 1980s recall what a terrific weapon “Engine #42” was in the late innings. I was a bit concerned about Whitey giving up Leon “Bull” Durham in the deal to acquire Sutter, but with Keith Hernandez anchored at first it was dealing from strength.

    Sutter was a phenom when he first came up with the Cubs and threw the split-finger. No one had seen quite the effect it had, even though the pitch had been thrown well before his time, most notably by the Pirates’ Elroy Face. But I believe Sutter threw it with more velocity.

    He was often used for more than an inning, as was the practice back then. He would come in and usually take care of the final 4-9 outs of a game. From mid-1976 to 1984, we was incredible. Not only was he tough to hit, and would strike out a lot of hitters, he rarely walked anyone. His career K/BB is close to 4 (I think it is 3.64).

    One of the guys that pioneered the closer role. Hard to see these guys pass on. RIP Bruce!

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    I remember the Cardinals tried to sign him but he left for a bigger payday and a no trade clause. We were lucky Worrell emerged by the end of the next season.

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    Yep, Ted Turner wanted to get the Braves back to being competitive as they were a big part of his WTBS programming. So he opened the checkbook and brought in Sutter. But in a similar way that Ernie Broglio was damaged goods when he left the Cardinals, Sutter experienced the same fate.

    Bruce may have gotten hurt either in Spring Training or early in the year, as I recall he had a good Spring and seemed like the same consistent pitcher he had been. But then struggled fairly early in ‘85.

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    Brian Walton
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    blingboy
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    Didn’t Luhnow relocate to Mexico and get involved in the Mexican League? Any idea what he is doing now?

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    Brian Walton
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    Luhnow is running lower level soccer teams in Mexico and Spain. He is still in denial that he knew anything against the rules was happening in Houston. No one other than his wife apparently believes him.

    https://www.si.com/mlb/2022/10/13/jeff-luhnow-soccer-astros-daily-cover

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    He had better luck convincing people that nothing proprietary left STL with him. Eventually it catches up to you.

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    Reyes would be smart to go to LA. In half a year he would outperform anyone in the Cards bullpen except Helsley for a team like the Dodgers.

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