Nice job Bobby. Let's take the most versatile reliever on the roster and shoehorn him into a 3 out role. Yes, I'm aware that he might be brought into the game in the 8th inning on occasion but Aceves is the guy I want when it's the 6th inning of a close game.
It looks like Aceves got the more prestigious closer job as a sop to his ego, but I agree that it doesn't take best advantage of his unique assets. I would have preferred Aceves as the Jamesian relief ace, based on his past excellence in the role.
The idea of a short leash makes no sense -- how can he vulture wins as a closer, if he's not blowing saves?
FWIW (not much), I actually love this idea. Aceves will achieve Boston immortality in 2012.
If he wakes up in the morning, he's good. He certainly has a springboard to immortality from September 2011. He nearly carried the team to the playoffs single-handedly.
I would have preferred to see Bard - will wait and see on Aceves but man o man Bard has the stuff and the makeup to be the closer.
I agree that Bard has the stuff, but what makes you think that he has the makeup to be a closer? I think he has the makeup to be a starter, but as a reliever he does not rise to the occasion, and occasionally does the opposite.