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K-Rod notches 300th career save

Jun 22, 2013, 8:20 PM EDT

Francisco Rodriguez AP

Brewers closer Francisco “K-Rod” Rodriguez earned the 300th save of his career this afternoon, wrapping up a 2-0 victory over the Braves. He becomes the 25th member of the 300-save club. It was his sixth save of the year and he lowered his ERA to 0.59 (in 15.1 innings) in the effort. However, the Brewers had planned to make Jim Henderson the closer once Rodriguez achieved his milestone.

At 31-42 and just one game out of the cellar in the NL Central, the Brewers should draw interest from contending teams looking to bolster their bullpen, such as the Detroit Tigers and Boston Red Sox.

  1. yankeepunk3000 - Jun 22, 2013 at 8:42 PM

    I have no idea why Bill but for some reason I feel te two paragraphs are from different people. As if the second paragraph was a quote from something the brewers said. but that’s what I get for working all Saturday

  2. Stiller43 - Jun 22, 2013 at 9:13 PM

    Theres only 25 people with 300 saves? Wtf? Why so low? Grilli (and a couple others) has 26 in less than half a season.

    Is theres something about how late pitchers become closers specifically or something? Averaging 30 a yr for 10 yrs seems easy.

    • kollin7 - Jun 22, 2013 at 9:27 PM

      Says something about Mariano Rivera/Trevor Hoffman and how difficult it is to be a great closer consistently for a long time.

      • flamethrower101 - Jun 22, 2013 at 10:31 PM

        Yeah, we’ve seen one-hit wonders go from super great to complete liabilities in less than one season (John Axford, Carlos Marmol although that one is a stretch)

  3. moseskkim - Jun 23, 2013 at 2:15 AM

    Although being a closer is important, pretty much all pitchers in the past and most today do not focus on becoming closers. It’s not their goal. However circumstances change and some get tried there and see that they have the dominant pitches and fortitude to handle the pressure of 9th. I think that’s why there haven’t been many great closers with huge save totals.

  4. aikmanfan83 - Jun 23, 2013 at 2:49 AM

    I have one word, CONGRATULATIONS. It is well deserved and over due. Weather you like him or not, (And I’ve been a Brewer fan since 82, so I have my ups and downs over the last 3 years) it is a great accomplishment!!!

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