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. 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 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 the last three innings without relinquishing the lead, regardless of score. 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. 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.
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 eight relievers – Dennis Eckersley, Fingers, Goose Gossage, Hoffman, Rivera, Smith, Bruce Sutter, and Wilhelm – have been inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame; all but Wilhelm also have at least 300 saves. Kimbrel and Fernando Rodney are the only active players with more than 300 saves, and Kimbrel is the active leader with 334.
|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]|
|Mariano Rivera||652||May 28, 2004||New York Yankees||1995–2013|||
|Trevor Hoffman||601||August 15, 2001||San Diego Padres||1993–2010|||
|Lee Smith||478||August 25, 1991||St. Louis Cardinals||1980–1997|||
|Francisco Rodríguez||437||June 22, 2013||Milwaukee Brewers||2002–2017|||
|John Franco||424||April 29, 1996||New York Mets||1984–2005|||
|Billy Wagner||422||July 4, 2006||New York Mets||1995–2010|||
|Dennis Eckersley||390||May 24, 1995||Oakland Athletics||1975–1998|||
|Joe Nathan||377||April 8, 2013||Texas Rangers||1999–2000, 2002–2009, 2011–2016|||
|Jonathan Papelbon||368||June 10, 2014||Philadelphia Phillies||2005–2016|||
|Jeff Reardon||367||May 20, 1991||Boston Red Sox||1979–1994|||
|Troy Percival||358||July 28, 2004||Anaheim Angels||1995–2005, 2007–2009|||
|Randy Myers||347||July 1, 1997||Baltimore Orioles||1985–1998|||
|Rollie Fingers||341||August 21, 1982||Milwaukee Brewers||1968–1985|||
|Craig Kimbrel||336||May 5, 2018||Boston Red Sox||2010–present|||
|John Wetteland||330||May 12, 2000||Texas Rangers||1989–2000|||
|Francisco Cordero||329||June 1, 2011||Cincinnati Reds||1999–2012|||
|Fernando Rodney||327||September 22, 2017||Arizona Diamondbacks||2002–2003, 2005–present|||
|Roberto Hernández||326||May 25, 2002||Kansas City Royals||1991–2007|||
|Huston Street||324||July 22, 2015||Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim||2005–2017|||
|José Mesa||321||April 27, 2005||Pittsburgh Pirates||1987, 1990–2007|||
|Todd Jones||319||September 16, 2007||Detroit Tigers||1993–2008|||
|Rick Aguilera||318||June 2, 2000||Chicago Cubs||1985–2000|||
|Robb Nen||314||August 6, 2002||San Francisco Giants||1993–2002|||
|Tom Henke||311||August 18, 1995||St. Louis Cardinals||1982–1995|||
|Goose Gossage||310||August 6, 1988||Chicago Cubs||1972–1989, 1991–1994|||
|Jeff Montgomery||304||August 25, 1999||Kansas City Royals||1987–1999|||
|Doug Jones||303||September 11, 1999||Oakland Athletics||1982–2000|||
|Jason Isringhausen||300||August 15, 2011||New York Mets||1995–2012|||
|Bruce Sutter||300||September 9, 1988||Atlanta Braves||1976–1986, 1988|||
Fernando Rodney (born March 18, 1977) is a Dominican–American professional baseball pitcher for the Washington Nationals of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the Detroit Tigers, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Tampa Bay Rays, Seattle Mariners, Chicago Cubs, San Diego Padres, Miami Marlins, Arizona Diamondbacks, Minnesota Twins and the Oakland Athletics of Major League Baseball (MLB). He debuted in MLB in 2002, and joined the 300 save club in 2017. In the 2019 season, following Ichiro Suzuki's retirement, Rodney became the oldest active player in Major League Baseball.
Rodney is a three-time MLB All-Star. He won the MLB Delivery Man of the Year Award and American League Comeback Player of the Year Award in 2012. He throws a fastball between 96-99 mph (topping out at 100 mph), and a palmball in the low 80s. Rodney is the cousin of Alfredo Fígaro.Francisco Rodríguez (Venezuelan pitcher)
Francisco José Rodríguez, Sr. (born January 7, 1982), nicknamed "Frankie" and "K-Rod", is a Venezuelan professional baseball pitcher who is a free agent. He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Anaheim Angels / Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, New York Mets, Baltimore Orioles, Milwaukee Brewers, and Detroit Tigers.
Rodriguez pitched for the Angels from 2002 to 2008, and the Mets from 2009 to midway through the 2011 season. He served as the closer for both teams. Rodriguez then pitched for the Brewers until July 2013, mostly in a setup role, and for the Orioles for the rest of 2013 before returning to the Brewers for 2014 and 2015, this time as the team's closer. He was then traded to the Detroit Tigers in 2016, and became the Tigers' closer.
Rodríguez holds the major league record for saves in a single season, with 62, set in 2008 while pitching for the Angels. He is a three-time league leader in saves (2005, 2006, and 2008) and a six-time All-Star. Rodríguez is one of only six Major League pitchers to accumulate a total of 400 or more saves, in his baseball career.Jonathan Papelbon
Jonathan Robert Papelbon (; born November 23, 1980) is an American former professional baseball relief pitcher. He played 12 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB), most notably for the Boston Red Sox, with whom he was an All-Star in four consecutive seasons (from 2006 to 2009), won the 2007 Delivery Man Award, and was a 2007 World Series champion. The Red Sox drafted him in the 4th round of the 2003 Major League Baseball Draft, and he played three seasons of minor league baseball before breaking into the majors. He also played for the Philadelphia Phillies from 2012 to 2015, and the Washington Nationals from 2015 to 2016.Lee Smith (baseball)
Lee Arthur Smith (born December 4, 1957) is an American right-handed baseball pitcher who played 18 years in Major League Baseball (MLB) for eight teams. Lee served mostly as a relief pitcher during his career. One of the dominant closers in baseball history, Smith held the major league record for career saves from 1993 until 2006, when San Diego Padres relief pitcher Trevor Hoffman passed his final total of 478. Smith was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame on December 9, 2018 as part of the Today's Game Era Committee vote.
A native of Jamestown in Bienville Parish in north Louisiana, Smith was scouted by Buck O'Neil and drafted by the Cubs in the 1975 Major League Baseball Draft. Smith was an intimidating figure on the pitcher's mound at 6 feet, 6 inches (1.98 m) and 265 pounds (120 kg) with a 95-mile per hour (150 km/h) fastball. In 1991, Smith set a National League (NL) record with 47 saves for the St. Louis Cardinals, and was runner-up for the league's Cy Young Award; it was the second of three times he led the NL in saves, and he later led the American League (AL) once while with the Baltimore Orioles in 1994. He also set the major league career record for games finished (802), and his 1,022 career games pitched were the third-most in history when he retired; he still holds the team records for career saves for the Cubs (180), and he also held the Cardinals record (160) until 2006.
After the end of his major league career, Smith spent time working as a pitching instructor at the minor-league level with the San Francisco Giants. He then served as the pitching coach for the South Africa national baseball team in the 2006 World Baseball Classic and 2009 World Baseball Classic. Smith is a minor-league roving pitching instructor for the Giants.List of KBO career saves leaders
The following is the current leaderboard for career saves in KBO League Korean baseball.List of Major League Baseball career runs batted in leaders
The following is a list of Major League Baseball players who have reached the 1,000 runs batted in (RBIs) milestone. RBIs are usually accumulated by a batter in baseball by successfully allowing a runner on base to score as a result of making contact at-bat (except in certain situations, such as when an error is made on the play or during a double play), though a batter is credited with an RBI if a run scores as a result of his reaching first base with the bases loaded as a result of either a base on balls (walk), or being hit by a pitch, or interference. Albert Pujols is the only active top five RBI player in 2019.List of Major League Baseball career runs scored leaders
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In Major League Baseball (MLB), a player joins a statistical club when he attains a certain milestone number in a specific statistical category. For milestones that encompass an entire career, batters must achieve 3,000 hits or 500 home runs; pitchers must amass 300 wins or 3,000 strikeouts. A fifth club exists for relief pitchers that have recorded 300 saves over a career. In addition, milestones achieved in a single season include hitting 50 home runs, while three other single-season statistical clubs—the 20–20–20 club, 30–30 club and 40–40 club — include achievements from multiple statistical categories.
Reaching any one of the four career milestone clubs is often described as a guarantee of eventual entry into the Baseball Hall of Fame.Mike MacDougal
Robert Meiklejohn MacDougal (born March 5, 1977) is a former relief pitcher in professional baseball. He is a switch hitter and throws right-handed. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Kansas City Royals, Chicago White Sox, Washington Nationals, St. Louis Cardinals and Los Angeles Dodgers.
His pitch selection include a fastball in the 95-98 mph range, a slider, curve, and a changeup used only occasionally.Relief pitcher
In baseball and softball, a relief pitcher or reliever is a pitcher who enters the game after the starting pitcher is removed due to injury, ineffectiveness, fatigue, ejection, or for other strategic reasons, such as inclement weather delays or pinch hitter substitutions. Relief pitchers are further divided informally into various roles, such as closers, setup men, middle relief pitchers, left/right-handed specialists, and long relievers. Whereas starting pitchers usually rest several days before pitching in a game again due to the number of pitches thrown, relief pitchers are expected to be more flexible and typically pitch more games but with fewer innings pitched. A team's staff of relievers is normally referred to metonymically as a team's bullpen, which refers to the area where the relievers sit during games, and where they warm-up prior to entering the game.Save (baseball)
In baseball, a save (abbreviated SV or S) is credited to a pitcher who finishes a game for the winning team under certain prescribed circumstances, described below. The number of saves, or percentage of save opportunities successfully converted, is an oft-cited statistic of relief pitchers, particularly those in the closer role. It became an official Major League Baseball (MLB) statistic in 1969. Mariano Rivera is MLB's all-time leader in regular season saves with 652.Todd Jones
Todd Barton Jones (born April 24, 1968) is a former Major League Baseball relief pitcher. He batted left-handed and threw right-handed. He was an effective middle reliever for a variety of teams, and he had an up-and-down career as a closer. On September 16, 2007, Jones became the 21st member of the 300-save club and later ended his career as the Detroit Tigers' all-time leader in saves.
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