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A right-handed Hispanic baseball pitcher, wearing a grey uniform with the lettering "NEW YORK" across it, with his body facing the right as he prepares to throw a baseball.
Mariano Rivera has the most career saves in Major League Baseball history with 652.

In Major League Baseball (MLB), the 300 save club is the group of pitchers who have recorded 300 or more regular-season saves in their careers.[1][2][3][4] Most commonly a relief pitcher ("reliever" or "closer") earns a save by being the final pitcher of a game in which his team is winning by three or fewer runs and pitching at least one inning without losing the lead. The final pitcher of a game can also earn a save by getting at least one batter out to end the game with the winning run on base, at bat, or on deck, or by pitching at least three innings without relinquishing the lead, regardless of score.[5] The statistic was created by Jerome Holtzman in 1959 to "measure the effectiveness of relief pitchers" and was adopted as an official statistic by MLB in 1969.[6][7] The save has been retroactively measured for past pitchers where applicable. Hoyt Wilhelm retired in 1972 and recorded just 31 saves from 1969 onwards, for example, but holds 227 total career saves.[8]

Mariano Rivera holds the MLB save record with 652. Only Rivera and Trevor Hoffman have exceeded 500 or 600 saves, and Hoffman was the first to achieve either. Rivera, Hoffman, Lee Smith, Francisco Rodríguez, John Franco, and Billy Wagner are the only pitchers to have recorded 400 or more saves. Rollie Fingers was the first player to record 300 saves, reaching the mark on April 21, 1982. Craig Kimbrel is the most recent, achieving his 300th on May 5, 2018. In total, 29 players have recorded 300 or more saves in their career. Only six relievers – Dennis Eckersley, Fingers, Goose Gossage, Hoffman, Bruce Sutter, and Wilhelm – have been inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame;[9] all but Wilhelm are also members of the 300 saves club.[10] Kimbrel and Fernando Rodney are the only members of the 300 save club who are still active players. Of them, Kimbrel is the active leader in saves with 333.[11]

Contents

KeyEdit

Player Name of the player
SV Total career saves
Date Date of the pitcher's 300th save
Team The pitcher's team for his 300th save
  Elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame
  Player is active[note 1]

ListEdit

 
Trevor Hoffman was the first player to reach the 500- and 600-save milestones.
  • Stats updated as of the 2018 season.
Player SV Date Team Years active Ref(s)
Mariano Rivera 652 May 28, 2004 New York Yankees 1995–2013 [12][13]
Trevor Hoffman  601 August 15, 2001 San Diego Padres 1993–2010 [14]
Lee Smith 478 August 25, 1991 St. Louis Cardinals 1980–1997 [15]
Francisco Rodríguez 437 June 22, 2013 Milwaukee Brewers 2002–2017 [16][17]
John Franco 424 April 29, 1996 New York Mets 1984–2005 [18]
Billy Wagner 422 July 4, 2006 New York Mets 1995–2010 [19]
Dennis Eckersley  390 May 24, 1995 Oakland Athletics 1975–1998 [20]
Joe Nathan 377 April 8, 2013 Texas Rangers 1999–2000, 2002–2009, 2011–2016 [21][22]
Jonathan Papelbon 368 June 10, 2014 Philadelphia Phillies 2005–2016 [23]
Jeff Reardon 367 May 20, 1991 Boston Red Sox 1979–1994 [24][25]
Troy Percival 358 July 28, 2004 Anaheim Angels 1995–2005, 2007–2009 [26][27]
Randy Myers 347 July 1, 1997 Baltimore Orioles 1985–1998 [28][29]
Rollie Fingers  341 August 21, 1982 Milwaukee Brewers 1968–1985 [30]
Craig Kimbrel  333 May 5, 2018 Boston Red Sox 2010–present [31]
John Wetteland 330 May 12, 2000 Texas Rangers 1989–2000 [32]
Francisco Cordero 329 June 1, 2011 Cincinnati Reds 1999–2012 [2][33]
Roberto Hernández 326 May 25, 2002 Kansas City Royals 1991–2007 [34][35]
Fernando Rodney  325 September 22, 2017 Arizona Diamondbacks 2002–2003, 2005–present [36]
Huston Street 324 July 22, 2015 Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 2005–2017 [37]
José Mesa 321 April 27, 2005 Pittsburgh Pirates 1987, 1990–2007 [38][39]
Todd Jones 319 September 16, 2007 Detroit Tigers 1993–2008 [40][41]
Rick Aguilera 318 June 2, 2000 Chicago Cubs 1985–2000 [42][43]
Robb Nen 314 August 6, 2002 San Francisco Giants 1993–2002 [3][44]
Tom Henke 311 August 18, 1995 St. Louis Cardinals 1982–1995 [45]
Goose Gossage  310 August 6, 1988 Chicago Cubs 1972–1989, 1991–1994 [46]
Jeff Montgomery 304 August 25, 1999 Kansas City Royals 1987–1999 [47]
Doug Jones 303 September 11, 1999 Oakland Athletics 1982–2000 [48]
Jason Isringhausen 300 August 15, 2011 New York Mets 1995–2012 [49]
Bruce Sutter  300 September 9, 1988 Atlanta Braves 1976–1986, 1988 [50]
 
A ticket from the game where Goose Gossage became the second player in MLB history to earn 300 career saves on August 6, 1988.

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ A player is considered inactive if he has announced his retirement or not played for a full season.

ReferencesEdit

General
  • "All-Time Total Pitching Statistics". MLB.com. Major League Baseball. Retrieved August 22, 2011.
  • "Career Leaders & Records for Saves". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved August 22, 2011.
Specific
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  28. ^ "Randy Myers Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved June 18, 2011.
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  45. ^ "Tom Henke Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved June 18, 2011.
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  47. ^ "Jeff Montgomery Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved June 18, 2011.
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