Unless of course, you’re hitting against him. Writes Ben Schwartz,

I see the $$$ headache in trading away Sosa, but how did LaTroy get a lifetime contract? the Chicago Sun Times’ Mike Kiley :

Ryan Dempster said he’d like a chance to be the Cubs’ closer, but then he issued strong support for LaTroy Hawkins to keep the role.

”Last time I checked, we had a closer at the end of the year,” Dempster said.

”He had a little bit of failure, but it was his first year in the National League, and a lot of times it was magnified. There were games it shouldn’t have been a save situation, but we didn’t bury people.”