All Bets Are Off On ‘Survivor’

One person was said by BoDog to work in a “production role” for CBS.

“We’re pretty sure this is the case,” Bradley said. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Callers to the Bodog.com offices were told that wagers were no longer being accepted on “Survivor.”

© 2003 The Associated Press.

An online sportsbook said it has dropped betting on CBS’ “Survivor” after allegedly finding that network employees were wagering – and winning – on the hit reality show.

The Costa Rica-based BoDog.com found at least two CBS employees betting on the show’s outcome, said BoDog spokesman Lance Bradley. Most offshore sportsbooks accept such alternative bets, said BoDog’s Bradley.

“Only ‘The X-Files’ has more conspiracy theories than ‘Survivor,’” CBS spokesman Chris Ender said. Asked if BoDog might consider legal action, he replied: “It’s not something we’d want to pursue, as a matter of precedent.”. The players in question opened accounts with BoDog before “Survivor: Marquesas,” the fourth show, and bet only on the show and no other events.

For the current “Survivor,” the bets in question affected the odds for contestants Jenna Morasca of Pittsburgh, Pa., and Matthew Von Ertfelda of Washington, D.C.

“Throughout the history of ‘Survivor,’ many have believed they knew the outcome of the show,” Ender said. The biggest payoff, $8,000, came on a $1,000 bet placed on the fifth “Survivor” at 8-to-1 odds.

Odds will be offered on the seventh “Survivor” but all bettors will be carefully monitored, BoDog President Rob Gillespie said in a statement.

He wasn’t aware of any other possible legal sanctions.

BoDog requires that bettors must not have knowledge of an event’s outcome. The suspicion is they had insider knowledge, he said.

At least two players have been identified as CBS employees and other names may be connected to the network or may be aliases, Bradley said. All Rights Reserved. “Some have been right, many have been wrong.”

Betting on events other than sports or racing is banned in Las Vegas sportsbooks, a spokeswoman for the Nevada Gaming Control Board said Thursday. The winner is unknown until he or she is chosen in a vote by other contestants during a live broadcast.

They wagered correctly on who would be the final two contestants in both the fourth and fifth editions of “Survivor,” Bradley said. He declined further comment on the allegations, or on any action CBS might take.

By Lynn Elber

The show narrows the field to two finalists in filmed competitions. Bradley said that bets taken from those alleged to be with CBS skewed the odds significantly on “Survivor” contestants.

The players’ current bets on “Survivor: Amazon” have been canceled and their money refunded, Bradley said

“Arbitrage”: Critics rate Richard Gere’s new film

Richard Gere in a scene from “Arbitrage.”. Gere and Sarandon previously appeared together on the big screen in the 2004 romantic comedy “Shall We Dance.”


(CBS News) Richard Gere is back in the shoes of an investor powerhouse, portraying fictional New York hedge fund magnate Robert Miller in “Arbitrage,” which hits theaters today. Gere, allow me to apply a little buzzicidal ointment. He ends up making a mistake that forces him to turn to an unlikely person for help. The New York Post’s Klye Smith wrote, “And as for that so-called Oscar buzz for Mr.

Peter Travers of Rolling Stone: “Richard Gere’s performance in the sinfully entertaining ‘Arbitrage’ is too good to ignore…he is at the peak of his powers.”

AP Photo/Roadside Attractions

Peter Debruge of Variety: “Between this cast and the conviction Jarecki brings to the table, the film feels incredibly accomplished for a first feature.”

Gere has attracted attention for his acting in the film, with Manohla Dargis of The New York Times noting, “Mr. Gere is one of cinema’s great walkers, graced with a suggestively predatory physical suppleness, and he slips through the movie like a panther.

Pictures: Richard Gere

Watch: Gere and Sarandon discuss their new film, “Arbitrage”

Pictures: Fall Film Preview 2012

The critics have chimed in on the new Nicholas Jarecki-directed film, with Rotten Tomatoes giving “Arbitrage” a very respectable 81 percent rating. Pols of TIME: “The main reason to see ‘Arbitrage’ is Gere, whose steady improvement with age (he just turned 63) is not remarked upon enough.”

See what else critics are saying:

Roger Ebert of The Chicago Sun-Times: “Hitchcock called his most familiar subject ‘The Innocent Man Wrongly Accused.’ Jarecki pumps up the pressure here by giving us a Guilty Man Accurately Accused, and that’s what makes the film so ingeniously involving.”

The 63-year-old “Pretty Woman” actor stars alongside Susan Sarandon and Tim Roth in the drama about a man desperate to complete the sale of his trading empire. All Rights Reserved. He’s the film’s most deluxe item.”

Kyle Smith of The New York Post gave it 2 out of 4 stars: “‘Arbitrage’ is a decent enough way to spend your time compared to, say, waiting on line at the grocery story.

© 2012 CBS Interactive Inc. Clint Eastwood’s chair has a better shot at an Oscar nomination.”

Christy Lemmire of The Associated Press: “Gere is so charming, so irresistible when he’s on top of the world – when he’s got all those plates humming in unison – that he kind of makes you root for his character to get away with it all.”

Mary F. But why grade on a curve? Every episode of ‘Law & Order’ I’ve ever seen has a more complicated and plausible plot, punchier dialogue and more New York authenticity, all in less than half the time consumed by this poky would-be finance thriller.”

But not everyone agrees

Thing’s To Do In Vegas When You’re Wed

That perception is generally spoken by people who have never been, or whom partied a little too hard at night and missed everything that the daylight hours had to offer.

There is some fantastic daytime musical entertainment in the casino’s and bars that line the Strip, all of which are free for anyone to go in and watch. The hotel is beautiful in itself, but when the music starts to play, and the water starts to dance, it becomes a moment that truly encapsulates the romance of Vegas, and perhaps explains why so many are drawn there to wed.

A Little Gambling AdviceSave it till the end.

Heading to Las Vegas to get married is a wholly different proposition than going there with a bunch of the boys, or girls, and the goal becomes avoiding trouble rather than seeking it out. If you are not dead set on a weekend wedding, then you can save some money tight of the bat. A little advice first though; make sure to take a couple of rolls of quarters and some single bills with you, as this will allow you to drink on the cheap. 

It’s always best to wait until the last night to have some gambling fun, as you know exactly how much money you have left at that point, and it’s wise to never bet more than you can afford to lose. There are Elvis’s everywhere, but keep your eyes peeled and you might just land a cool photo op that will fool your friends.

A Little Romantic TimeVegas by night.

If you are looking for a perfect way to get out of the desert heat for a bit, then it’s fun to explore the inside of the hotels. People tend to think of Las Vegas as a place that comes alive at night, with nothing to do during the daytime but sit and gamble. Folks in Vegas can’t resist a newlywed, and you’ll have no problem talking them down, especially if you gush about how beautiful your new wife is.

A newlyweds guide to Sin City.

Las Vegas is a city that’s not exactly known for its romantic side, yet hundreds of thousands of people flock there very year to tie the knot. Best of all, they will put together a package that includes flowers, video, photos, a limo ride to and from your hotel, and even a live internet feed so that family can watch, no matter where in the world they are located. The show runs every 15 or 20 minutes, and the key is to get there early so that you can get a spot near the front. Vegas vacation packages tend to either run from Thursday to Sunday or Monday to Thursday, with the latter costing much less. If you are looking to save time as well as money, then try to locate a chapel that is close to city hall, as you will have to take care of all your marriage licenses and paperwork, then drop it off at the chapel. There are those who would choose to play it safe, and never take the chance at rolling the dice, but where’s the fun in that. That doesn’t mean that the new happy couple should split whatever money they have left and go their own way. That doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t enjoy some of the city’s sins, and the easiest way to do that is with a spot of gambling. I understand that doesn’t necessarily make it free, but it’s a lot less than you would pay at the casino bar.

The Vegas Strip looks totally different without the neon glow, but if you take your time to stroll up and down the street, you can see a lot of things you would otherwise miss at night. It’s amazing what you can find, and maybe you’ll even be lucky enough to find a great, affordable piece of art that looks just like your new bride. This offers a great opportunity for you to test your haggling skills, as most shop owners are more than willing to negotiate a price on anything in their store. Las Vegas hotels will up their rates for the weekend, which means that you can get a great hotel like the Luxor at an incredible price if you are willing to forego the weekend.. Instead, I recommend finding a slot machine game that is fun (Monopoly is my personal favorite) and then sitting side by side and playing together. 

The same rules apply for flights, and a Monday departure will not come anywhere near as expensive as a Friday or Saturday flight. It may seem odd that a city that sells itself on sin should open its arms to those looking to make an honest woman out the one they love, yet they keep on coming, and when you really think about it, getting hitched in Vegas isn’t such a crazy idea.

A Wedding & Honeymoon All In One

Las Vegas is actually a great place to get married for the couple who are on something of a tight budget.

The magic of Las Vegas truly is at night though, and if you want a special moment with your loved one, where you can seem to feel as though you are the only people there, despite being surrounded by a throng of tourists, then I suggest the water show at the Bellagio Hotel. It’s best to get down there a day or two in advance so that you don’t have to stress about it on your big day.

A Little Fun After The Wedding.Eat, drink & hang with the stars.

If you are heading to Vegas with the sole purpose of getting married, then you are missing out on a great opportunity to have some fun. Sure you may roll snake eyes every once in a while, but there is also the chance that you will find blue eyes that you would be willing to stare into until you draw your last breath.

A lot of huge celebrities visit Vegas regularly, especially on a big fight night, but by day your best chance of cozying up to a star is to get your picture taken with one of the look-a-likes. And then there are the chapels; hidden among the drive-thru wedding places and chapels that have fat Elvis marry you, there are a few real gems. Many of them have really cool little features inside, such as gondola rides at The Venetian, and an indoor thunderstorm at Planet Hollywood, but it’s actually fun to just take a peek into some of the shops. Booze is free as long as you are gambling, but be sure to give the girl a tip when she brings it. If you would like to have a drink while you dance, then hit the nearest slot machine, drop a few quarters, and wait for the waitress to come and take your order. There are a lot of unique stores located inside the Las Vegas hotels, and they never ever seem to be crowded. Gambling is a lot like love; you can’t win if you don’t take a chance

All Bets Are Off On ‘Survivor’

He declined further comment on the allegations, or on any action CBS might take.

At least two players have been identified as CBS employees and other names may be connected to the network or may be aliases, Bradley said. “Some have been right, many have been wrong.”

© 2003 The Associated Press. The winner is unknown until he or she is chosen in a vote by other contestants during a live broadcast.

“We’re pretty sure this is the case,” Bradley said. Asked if BoDog might consider legal action, he replied: “It’s not something we’d want to pursue, as a matter of precedent.”

“Throughout the history of ‘Survivor,’ many have believed they knew the outcome of the show,” Ender said. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

An online sportsbook said it has dropped betting on CBS’ “Survivor” after allegedly finding that network employees were wagering – and winning – on the hit reality show.

The Costa Rica-based BoDog.com found at least two CBS employees betting on the show’s outcome, said BoDog spokesman Lance Bradley. All Rights Reserved. The suspicion is they had insider knowledge, he said.. BoDog requires that bettors must not have knowledge of an event’s outcome. The biggest payoff, $8,000, came on a $1,000 bet placed on the fifth “Survivor” at 8-to-1 odds.

Odds will be offered on the seventh “Survivor” but all bettors will be carefully monitored, BoDog President Rob Gillespie said in a statement.

By Lynn Elber

The players’ current bets on “Survivor: Amazon” have been canceled and their money refunded, Bradley said. Most offshore sportsbooks accept such alternative bets, said BoDog’s Bradley.

Callers to the Bodog.com offices were told that wagers were no longer being accepted on “Survivor.”

He wasn’t aware of any other possible legal sanctions.

They wagered correctly on who would be the final two contestants in both the fourth and fifth editions of “Survivor,” Bradley said. One person was said by BoDog to work in a “production role” for CBS.

Betting on events other than sports or racing is banned in Las Vegas sportsbooks, a spokeswoman for the Nevada Gaming Control Board said Thursday. Bradley said that bets taken from those alleged to be with CBS skewed the odds significantly on “Survivor” contestants.

For the current “Survivor,” the bets in question affected the odds for contestants Jenna Morasca of Pittsburgh, Pa., and Matthew Von Ertfelda of Washington, D.C.

The show narrows the field to two finalists in filmed competitions. The players in question opened accounts with BoDog before “Survivor: Marquesas,” the fourth show, and bet only on the show and no other events.

“Only ‘The X-Files’ has more conspiracy theories than ‘Survivor,’” CBS spokesman Chris Ender said

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New gambling record: Betting on outcome of Brexit vote

This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. He was back in the betting shop this week to place additional wagers on behalf of three American friends.

Betting exchange Betfair says it had taken 45.8 million pounds in wagers on the E.U. That surpasses the 40 million pounds placed on the 2012 U.S. presidential race, which was its previous record for a political event. referendum betting already hit a record for a political event days ago for Betfair, bookmaker BetFred and IG, the largest provider of spread betting services.

“If we are going to remain in the E.U., at least I will take compensation,” said Jones, who expects to get 3,000 pounds back in profit in such an event. Polls suggest it is too close to call, while bookies give the “remain” side a higher chance of winning.

“This is a historical event, and I want to take part in it,” said Can Zhao, an investment researcher who last week placed a 135-pound ($198) bet on “remain” at a Ladbrokes betting parlor near London’s Kings Cross train station.

© 2016 The Associated Press. “But my big win is to leave the E.U.”. vote as of Wednesday and expects a final amount of 50 million pounds.

E.U. Spread betting, on the other hand, does not provide a simple win or lose outcome, but can provide payoffs based on the accuracy of the bet. For Stephen Jones, 55, betting is a form of insurance against disappointment. While the polls show this week’s vote is too close to call, bookies like Betfair are giving the “remain” side a 76 percent probability of winning. He intends to vote to leave the E.U., but has placed bets on “remain” to at least get something in case of his side’s defeat.

The bookies’ odds have largely been in synch with global financial markets. The industry is expecting 100 million pounds, or nearly $150 million, to be wagered by the time the result is known in the early hours of Friday.

Betting is his way to get in on the drama because as a foreign citizen from China he will not have a right to vote. That’s reflected in financial markets, where stocks and the British pound are relatively buoyant one day before the big event.

Betfair allows people to place wagers against each other rather than setting odds like the traditional bookmakers. But the importance, drama and uncertainty that have surrounded this vote have made it a spectator sport in its own right. That’s particularly true since pollsters have missed badly in measuring sentiment before some of Britain’s most recent votes, the last general election and the Scottish referendum.

Betting on political events used to be a niche area in the gambling industry but has become more widespread, particularly in Britain. All Rights Reserved. The referendum also outmatches the 35 million pounds placed on the 2014 World Cup Final.

Such betting fever is normally associated with major sports events, with people here habitually placing wagers online or in betting shops on everything from horse races to football matches. Ladbrokes has seen a tenfold increase in recent years.

LONDON — As if the stakes were not high enough in Britain’s nail-biting vote this week, people are betting record amounts of money on its outcome.

Betfair, bookmakers Ladbrokes and Paddy Power and the Betting Research Unit at Nottingham Business School all estimate that the total value of bets on the vote placed in Britain will reach, and likely exceed, 100 million pounds.

“This is comfortably the biggest political betting event in history and dwarves both the general election and the Scottish referendum,” says Lewis Davey, spokesman for Paddy Power, referring to the Scottish vote on independence last year.

Thursday’s vote on whether to leave the European Union, which will have lasting consequences for the country and Europe, is due to break the record as the most bet-upon political event in Britain’s history. It has become increasingly popular, particularly to bet on financial markets.

The betting has also gained the attention of global investors as a gauge of the likelihood of an event’s outcome

All Bets Are Off On ‘Survivor’

The suspicion is they had insider knowledge, he said.

He wasn’t aware of any other possible legal sanctions.

For the current “Survivor,” the bets in question affected the odds for contestants Jenna Morasca of Pittsburgh, Pa., and Matthew Von Ertfelda of Washington, D.C.

Betting on events other than sports or racing is banned in Las Vegas sportsbooks, a spokeswoman for the Nevada Gaming Control Board said Thursday. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Most offshore sportsbooks accept such alternative bets, said BoDog’s Bradley.

The show narrows the field to two finalists in filmed competitions. One person was said by BoDog to work in a “production role” for CBS.. The biggest payoff, $8,000, came on a $1,000 bet placed on the fifth “Survivor” at 8-to-1 odds.

BoDog requires that bettors must not have knowledge of an event’s outcome. All Rights Reserved. Asked if BoDog might consider legal action, he replied: “It’s not something we’d want to pursue, as a matter of precedent.”

By Lynn Elber

Odds will be offered on the seventh “Survivor” but all bettors will be carefully monitored, BoDog President Rob Gillespie said in a statement.

Callers to the Bodog.com offices were told that wagers were no longer being accepted on “Survivor.”

“We’re pretty sure this is the case,” Bradley said.

“Throughout the history of ‘Survivor,’ many have believed they knew the outcome of the show,” Ender said. “Some have been right, many have been wrong.”

The players’ current bets on “Survivor: Amazon” have been canceled and their money refunded, Bradley said. Bradley said that bets taken from those alleged to be with CBS skewed the odds significantly on “Survivor” contestants.

An online sportsbook said it has dropped betting on CBS’ “Survivor” after allegedly finding that network employees were wagering – and winning – on the hit reality show.

The Costa Rica-based BoDog.com found at least two CBS employees betting on the show’s outcome, said BoDog spokesman Lance Bradley. © 2003 The Associated Press. The players in question opened accounts with BoDog before “Survivor: Marquesas,” the fourth show, and bet only on the show and no other events.

They wagered correctly on who would be the final two contestants in both the fourth and fifth editions of “Survivor,” Bradley said. The winner is unknown until he or she is chosen in a vote by other contestants during a live broadcast.

“Only ‘The X-Files’ has more conspiracy theories than ‘Survivor,’” CBS spokesman Chris Ender said. He declined further comment on the allegations, or on any action CBS might take.

At least two players have been identified as CBS employees and other names may be connected to the network or may be aliases, Bradley said

“Arbitrage”: Critics rate Richard Gere’s new film

All Rights Reserved. Gere, allow me to apply a little buzzicidal ointment. Pols of TIME: “The main reason to see ‘Arbitrage’ is Gere, whose steady improvement with age (he just turned 63) is not remarked upon enough.”

© 2012 CBS Interactive Inc. . He’s the film’s most deluxe item.”


See what else critics are saying:

Mary F. Gere is one of cinema’s great walkers, graced with a suggestively predatory physical suppleness, and he slips through the movie like a panther. He ends up making a mistake that forces him to turn to an unlikely person for help. Peter Travers of Rolling Stone: “Richard Gere’s performance in the sinfully entertaining ‘Arbitrage’ is too good to ignore…he is at the peak of his powers.”

But not everyone agrees. But why grade on a curve? Every episode of ‘Law & Order’ I’ve ever seen has a more complicated and plausible plot, punchier dialogue and more New York authenticity, all in less than half the time consumed by this poky would-be finance thriller.”

Christy Lemmire of The Associated Press: “Gere is so charming, so irresistible when he’s on top of the world – when he’s got all those plates humming in unison – that he kind of makes you root for his character to get away with it all.”

(CBS News) Richard Gere is back in the shoes of an investor powerhouse, portraying fictional New York hedge fund magnate Robert Miller in “Arbitrage,” which hits theaters today. Gere and Sarandon previously appeared together on the big screen in the 2004 romantic comedy “Shall We Dance.”

Peter Debruge of Variety: “Between this cast and the conviction Jarecki brings to the table, the film feels incredibly accomplished for a first feature.”

Roger Ebert of The Chicago Sun-Times: “Hitchcock called his most familiar subject ‘The Innocent Man Wrongly Accused.’ Jarecki pumps up the pressure here by giving us a Guilty Man Accurately Accused, and that’s what makes the film so ingeniously involving.”

Pictures: Richard Gere

Watch: Gere and Sarandon discuss their new film, “Arbitrage”

Pictures: Fall Film Preview 2012

The critics have chimed in on the new Nicholas Jarecki-directed film, with Rotten Tomatoes giving “Arbitrage” a very respectable 81 percent rating. Clint Eastwood’s chair has a better shot at an Oscar nomination.”

AP Photo/Roadside Attractions

The 63-year-old “Pretty Woman” actor stars alongside Susan Sarandon and Tim Roth in the drama about a man desperate to complete the sale of his trading empire. The New York Post’s Klye Smith wrote, “And as for that so-called Oscar buzz for Mr.

Richard Gere in a scene from “Arbitrage.”

Kyle Smith of The New York Post gave it 2 out of 4 stars: “‘Arbitrage’ is a decent enough way to spend your time compared to, say, waiting on line at the grocery story.

Gere has attracted attention for his acting in the film, with Manohla Dargis of The New York Times noting, “Mr

U.S. Treasury warns casinos on illegal sports betting | Reuters

The U.S.

By Brett Wolf

| ST. 24. LOUIS U.S. states including Nevada, home of Las Vegas. casinos must take steps to combat illegal sports gambling, the Treasury Department has told an industry group in a letter that came just weeks before the Super Bowl, one of the biggest betting events of the year. 22 Thomson Reuters article, which said the department was likely to press casinos to take a greater role in fighting illegal sport book activity.

“Increases in sports betting conducted on behalf of third parties are facilitating criminal activity and posing a money laundering risk to the U.S financial system,” the Treasury said in a letter made public on Friday.

“In these cases, the intermediaries rarely voluntarily disclose to the casino that a transaction is being conducted on behalf of a third party, thereby disguising the third party’s role in the transaction and obscuring the source of funds used to place the bet. The report urged governments to correct what it called a vulnerability of sport betting to organized crime.. The letter also reminds casinos that they must take a risk-based approach to compliance, focusing on gaming that presents the greatest money laundering threat.

FinCEN noted that prior to the news of its planned guidance, it had been “planning on communicating to the casino industry directly with respect to a particular concern in this regard.”

The global International Centre for Sport Security reported last year that 80 percent of global sport betting is illegally transacted, and therefore invisible to authorities. However, illegal sports betting operations around the world, including online outfits, sometimes offset bets they receive by placing casino wagers, law enforcement sources told Thomson Reuters. National Football League’s Super Bowl on Feb. It said $140 billion is laundered annually through sport betting. The AGA, citing the Thomson Reuters article, had asked FinCEN about its plans to issue guidance.

Runners have been known to loiter at casinos, keeping numerous mobile phones and tablets near them to receive orders from illegal gambling rings.

Sports gambling is legal in only four U.S. The letter was dated Dec.

Regulators and law enforcement authorities are concerned by intelligence suggesting that criminals are making bets with legal sports book operations, using intermediaries, or “runners,” to place bets, the Treasury bureau said.

The FinCEN letter was addressed to the president of the American Gaming Association (AGA), the trade group for the U.S. casino industry. This poses distinct money laundering risks for casinos,” FinCEN said in the letter.

ST. LOUIS

(Reporting by Brett Wolf of the Compliance Compelete service of Thomson Reuters Accelus, Editing by Randall Mikkelsen and David Gregorio)

In a statement responding to FinCEN’s letter on Friday, AGA President and Chief Executive Officer Geoff Freeman said the group “welcomes continued guidance from FinCEN.” He added that “members are committed to robust anti-money laundering measures” and that they “invest significant resources to tailor risk-based compliance programs for every corner of the casino, including sports books.”

The letter reminds casinos that the Bank Secrecy Act requires them to ask gamblers whether their bets are for themselves, and to report any wagers for third parties as suspicious activity. “While casinos routinely look for suspicious bets at sports books and have worked with law enforcement to identify illegal activity, in some cases leading to criminal convictions, no such oversight exists for the illegal sports betting market,” he said.

The letter with guidance for casinos from Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) came in response to a Dec. 1 yields one of the busiest sports book weekends of the year.

Freeman said the risk of money laundering “is far greater in the vast, unregulated, illegal sports betting market than in the highly regulated, legal gaming industry

Sports :: The Best Closers in MLB History (Page 1 of 2)

Many closers have an electrifying fastball with high velocity and movement. Gossage was given credit, along with Ron Davis of the 70′s and 80′s Yankees, for pioneering the setup man/closer pairing role. Billy Wagner – New York Mets

Currently 6th on the all time saves list with 376, this flame throwing lefty continues to dominate today with the New York Mets. Troy Percival – Tampa Bay Rays

Arguably, Joe Nathan has been MLB’s best closer the past 4 seasons. 5. Closers are responsible for saving (or blowing) hundreds of games each year. Lee Smith – St. Joe Nathan – Minnesota Twins

Another intimidating figure on the mound, Gossage sported wild facial hair, and a blazing fastball. The “Goose” spent time with 9 different major league teams, and finished with 310 career saves, good for 4th all time. He had a career-high 42 saves in 1998, and enjoyed his best season in 2002 with a 4-1 record, 40 saves, 68 strikeouts, and a 1.92 ERA that year. Standing 6’6” 265lbs, and throwing a 95 mph fastball, Smith dominated the game to the tune of 478 career saves when he hung up his cleats. A closer also has to have at least one great pitch. Louis Cardinals. A closer has to be tough, confident, and skilled and closers have to have thick skin. They can be anointed the hero, and criticized greatly all in the same week. He is a model of consistency, and should continue to rise in the record books.

A baseball closer is the last line of defense. They have to have a short memory, and continue to do their job with passion and confidence. As a kid, Wagner was a natural right handed thrower, but after multiple breaks to his throwing arm, taught himself to throw left handed against a barn door. One pitch can make or break a game, so a closer has to be clutch. Goose played in the league a remarkable 22 years, leading the AL in saves 3 different seasons. Here MLBcentral.com & Pro Baseball Fans takes a look at perhaps 10 of the greatest closers of all time.

7. 10. His fast ball once was consistently clocked between 96-100mph, aiding in his dominating 763 career strikeouts. Ranked 15 th in saves amongst all active closers, Nathan has proven to be one of the most consistent relievers in the game. This two time all-star became the first closer in team history to record 36 or more saves in 4 straight seasons (1990-1993). His all time career saves record stood from 1993-2006 when broken by current San Diego Padre Trevor Hoffman. Louis Cardinals

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And now, we promise not to make you wait for our best closers list any longer…

9. 1991 could be classified as Smith’s best year when he had an NL best 47 saves with the Cardinals and was runner up in the Cy-Young award voting.

6. This 5 time all star won the Rolaids Relief Man of the Year award in 1999, and is rapidly approaching 1,000 career strikeouts.

Lee Smith was a dominating, and intimidating presence on the mound. Gossage was voted into the MLB hall of fame in 2008, with a convincing 85.8 % vote.

8. Rich “Goose” Gossage

This 4 time all-star continues to amass saves (343 career) with the upstart Tampa Bay Rays this year, currently with baseball’s best record. Others rely on finesse and location. With 183 career saves, the Twins hard throwing righty ranks in the top 50 all-time. Bruce Sutter – St