It seems that Trevor Rosenthal has been ensconced as the closer for the St. Louis Cardinals for a long time. The reality, however, is something quite different. The 23-year-old is still pretty new in his job, having amassed just 13 career saves. That includes three at the end of last season after Rosenthal took over the ninth-inning duties from Edward Mujica and four in the 2013 post-season as the Cardinals came to within two wins of a World Championship.
While the right-hander has been charged with one loss this season, he has yet to blow a save in six opportunities. As Rosenthal pointed out in the interview that follows, his five blown saves in 2013 occurred in non-traditional closing situations prior to him assuming the job late last September.
In the following, Rosenthal recaps his journey since coming to 2013 spring training camp as a starter though the present. He discusses changes in his routines, others who helped him, how he evaluates his performances and more.
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