This is all from a guy who struggled mightily in the Oakland Athletics organization and was acquired by the Giants in spite of his bad numbers. Originally a starter, his numbers improved drastically after joining the Giants organization. His career got off to a great start, pretty much a paralel to that of Hoffman's. He would have been among the highest save totals had he not skipped the 2002 season and pitched about 5 more seasons just like Hoffman did. Though the numbers are not all-time and he falls well short of the Hall of Fame, there is no question that Rod Beck had the look which should be the symbol of what the MLB closer should look like. Its amazing to know its now been five years since he has passed, RIP.