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Vaughn: Rosenthal hoping to be better in 2015

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By John Bailey By John Bailey

(BaseballStL)-Trevor Rosenthal is about to enter his second season as the Cardinals closer. He had 45 saves last season, second best in the National League. He also blew six saves and had some struggles down the stretch and in the playoffs. He says he expects to learn some things from the new relievers acquired in the off-season— Matt Belisle and Jordan Walden, just as he did from guys like Jason Motte, Pat Neshek, Edward Mujica and John Axford.

Rosenthal said, “Being with Motte, Neshek, Mujica, Axford and all those guys I’ve had the opportunity to be with, I’ve come to learn that these guys have tons of information they’ve learned from other teammates. That’s the coolest part of any job, being around your peers and learning from their successes and failures.

Rosenthal is just 24 years old, and about to start his third full season in the major leagues. He says he’s looking forward to spending a lot of time at spring training with Jason Isringhausen, the Cardinals all-time saves leader who will be there in a coaching capacity. Isringhausen’s first order of business may be convincing Rosenthal to stick with what’s made his successful so far, and to not tinker too much with his delivery.


While mimicking a underarm throwing motion, Rosenthal hinted that he might try something new this spring.  “I saw the success that Neshek had and I think I’m going to drop down a little bit.


He was kidding. We hope.

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