At 32, Angels’ Bud Norris is seizing opportunity to be called upon at closing time – Orange County Register

ANAHEIM — To hear Angels pitcher Bud Norris tell it, the story of how he became a closer is simple. He began the spring in an unusual position — a veteran starter with a minor league contract and no defined role — and seized an unexpected opportunity.

Twenty days into the regular season, the Angels’ ninth inning had become a chasm. Plans A, B and C collapsed when injuries befell Huston Street, Cam Bedrosian and Andrew Bailey. Suddenly the team had no closer. Almost by default, in his 240th career game, Norris entered a one-run game in the ninth inning April 22 and logged his first career save. He never looked back.

The Angels “had plenty of guys in the mix — all the articles that were written, which was fine — they had their guys templated to do some things,” Norris recalled. “It’s hard to speculate in spring training what’s going to take course over a six-month season.”

It’s an accurate narrative, true to the facts and to Norris’ supreme self-confidence. Proving people wrong, he said, drove him from the moment he was drafted as a 21-year-old.

About that draft.

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