300 save club

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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.

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") earns a save by entering in the ninth inning of a game in which his team is winning by three or fewer runs and finishing the game by pitching one inning without losing the lead.[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, John Franco, and Billy Wagner are the only pitchers to have recorded more than 400 saves. Rollie Fingers was the first player to record 300 saves, reaching the mark on April 21, 1982. Jonathan Papelbon is the most recent, achieving his 300th on June 10, 2014. In total, 26 players have recorded 300 or more saves in their career. Only five relievers – Dennis Eckersley, Fingers, Goose Gossage, 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. Eligibility for the Hall of Fame requires that a player has been retired five seasons or deceased for at least six months.[10]

Key[edit]

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
XYZ Member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
 • Player is active
A man in a white baseball uniform and navy blue cap stands on a dirt mound throwing a pitch with his right hand. He is wearing a black belt, black shoes, and a black baseball glove, and his uniform reads "Padres" in navy blue script across the chest, outlined in tan. His cap has two interlocked letters: "S" and "D".
Trevor Hoffman was the first player to reach the 500 and 600 save milestones.
A man in a white baseball uniform and red cap stands on a dirt mound throwing a pitch with his right hand. His uniform reads "Cardinals" in red script across the chest.
Troy Percival has the ninth-most saves in history.
Statistics are up to date through July 21, 2014.
Player SV Date Team Years active Ref(s)
Rivera, MarianoMariano Rivera 652 May 28, 2004 New York Yankees 1995–2013 [11][12]
Hoffman, TrevorTrevor Hoffman 601 August 15, 2001 San Diego Padres 1993–2010 [13]
Smith, LeeLee Smith 478 August 25, 1991 St. Louis Cardinals 1980–1997 [14]
Franco, JohnJohn Franco 424 April 29, 1996 New York Mets 1984–2005 [15]
Wagner, BillyBilly Wagner 422 July 4, 2006 New York Mets 1995–2010 [16]
Eckersley, DennisDennis EckersleyXYZ 390 May 24, 1995 Oakland Athletics 1975–1998 [17]
Reardon, JeffJeff Reardon 367 May 20, 1991 Boston Red Sox 1979–1994 [18][19]
Nathan, JoeJoe Nathan • 361 April 8, 2013 Texas Rangers 1999–present [20][21]
Percival, TroyTroy Percival 358 July 28, 2004 Anaheim Angels 1995–2005
2007–2009
[22][23]
Myers, RandyRandy Myers 347 July 1, 1997 Baltimore Orioles 1985–1998 [24][25]
Fingers, RollieRollie FingersXYZ 341 August 21, 1982 Milwaukee Brewers 1968–1985 [26]
Rodríguez, FranciscoFrancisco Rodríguez • 333 June 22, 2013 Milwaukee Brewers 2002–present [27][28]
Wetteland, JohnJohn Wetteland 330 May 12, 2000 Texas Rangers 1989–2000 [29]
Cordero, FranciscoFrancisco Cordero • 329 June 1, 2011 Cincinnati Reds 1999–present [2][30]
Hernández, RobertoRoberto Hernández 326 May 25, 2002 Kansas City Royals 1991–2007 [31][32]
Mesa, JoséJosé Mesa 321 April 27, 2005 Pittsburgh Pirates 1987
1990–2007
[33][34]
Jones, ToddTodd Jones 319 September 16, 2007 Detroit Tigers 1993–2008 [35][36]
Aguilera, RickRick Aguilera 318 June 2, 2000 Chicago Cubs 1985–2000 [37][38]
Nen, RobbRobb Nen 314 August 6, 2002 San Francisco Giants 1993–2002 [3][39]
Henke, TomTom Henke 311 August 18, 1995 St. Louis Cardinals 1982–1995 [40]
Gossage, GooseGoose GossageXYZ 310 August 6, 1988 Chicago Cubs 1972–1989
1991–1994
[41]
Papelbon, JonathanJonathan Papelbon • 309 June 10, 2014 Philadelphia Phillies 2005–present [42]
Montgomery, JeffJeff Montgomery 304 August 25, 1999 Kansas City Royals 1987–1999 [43]
Jones, DougDoug Jones 303 September 11, 1999 Oakland Athletics 1982–2000 [44]
Sutter, BruceBruce SutterXYZ 300 September 9, 1988 Atlanta Braves 1976–1986
1988
[45]
Isringhausen, JasonJason Isringhausen 300 August 15, 2011 New York Mets 1995–2012 [46]

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References[edit]

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