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Some New ABC’s of Business From Watching Royals Closer Wade Davis

Very few people get to throw the final pitch to win a World Series. Even fewer get to throw a called strike that wins the World Series. Kansas City Royals closer Wade Davis has done both, but the exhilarating moment of victorious glory comes to very few people in his position.  Such is the merciless job of a major league closer. There are many positions in baseball that have ties to business philosophies: outfielders who can’t let the amount of time they spend standing around impede their ability to act quickly in high-stakes situations, first basemen needing to adjust to making the catch no matter where the ball is coming from, or managers needing to hire the best people, instill a team philosophy, measure results, and then get out of the way.

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