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Mariano Rivera notches ninth 40-save season

Sep 3, 2013, 10:46 PM EDT

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It just got a little more difficult to manufacture a save record not held by Mariano Rivera.

The 43-year-old picked up his 40th save Tuesday against the White Sox, reaching that plateau for the ninth time in his illustrious career. That ties Trevor Hoffman for the most of all-time. No one else has more than four:

9 – Hoffman, Rivera
4 – Dennis Eckersley, Jose Mesa,  Robb Nen, Francisco Rodriguez, John Wetteland
3 – Heath Bell, Armando Benitez, Francisco Cordero, Eric Gagne, Craig Kimbrel, Joe Nathan, Jeff Reardon, Jeff Shaw, Lee Smith, John Smoltz, Jose Valverde

Earlier this year, Rivera passed Hoffman for the lead in 30-save seasons, 15-14. Next on that list is Lee Smith with 10 and Billy Wagner with nine. Among active pitchers, Joe Nathan has eight (including this year) and Jonathan Papelbon seven (not yet including this year).

Rivera and Gagne are also the only relievers with a pair of 50-save seasons.

  1. Stacey - Sep 3, 2013 at 10:49 PM

    Mo’s still 43.

    • Matthew Pouliot - Sep 3, 2013 at 10:52 PM

      Whoops. I do suck with numbers.

      Thanks!

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  2. Matthew Pouliot - Sep 3, 2013 at 10:51 PM

    Here’s one of those other manufactured leaderboards. Rivera is still a slacker when it comes to most seasons with one save:

    20 – Gossage
    19 – Franco, Wilhelm
    18 – Rivera
    17 – Hoffman, Don McMahon, Orosco, Smith, Timlin

    • Ben - Sep 3, 2013 at 11:26 PM

      This “stat” does not completely lead to the following, but it does imply how Rivera, despite being a reliever used under contemporary patterns (unlike, say, Gossage) never stopped being a closer once he took over the job. He never became a middle reliever and never became a match-up guy (like Franco did and others have). And in his last season he is more or less as good as he has ever been. STEROIDS! (Kidding to point out stupidity of such claims with regard to others.)

  3. jdvalk - Sep 4, 2013 at 12:47 AM

    Gotta go to Mo

  4. pisano - Sep 4, 2013 at 12:48 AM

    I do feel he’s getting out at the right time. I don’t think we’ll ever see another one like him.

    • badintent - Sep 5, 2013 at 12:46 AM

      Not unless he has twin brother.

      Mo Yankee Messiah.

  5. apkyletexas - Sep 4, 2013 at 1:33 AM

    Remind me again why he’s retiring? I can think of about 30 teams that would give him a job tomorrow.

    • bigharold - Sep 4, 2013 at 3:08 AM

      The same reason DiMaggio called it quits, because he’s Mariano Rivera and even for him it’s getting tougher for him to be Mariano Rivera.

      • apkyletexas - Sep 4, 2013 at 3:36 AM

        He’s blown 3 saves and lost 2 games in 54 appearances. That’s pretty freaking good, and it’s consistent with the rest of his career. Look at the 2009 World Series season – 3 losses and 1 blown save. The 2000 World Series season – 4 losses and 5 blown saves. His ERA (2.16) and BB/9 (1.6) are both below his career average this year, while his SO/BB is nearly a full point better than his career average this year (4.89 to 4.07).

        And he’s doing all that at $5 million less this year than he took each of the prior 5 years. He’s a huge bargain.

      • badintent - Sep 5, 2013 at 12:49 AM

        Joe had to pull the cord due to chronic bad heels that had been butched by the Mayo clinic in operations.Read the book Joe DiMaggio by Robert Baker. Great book.Joe was the first real sport gangsta.

  6. ltpm3 - Sep 4, 2013 at 2:30 AM

    I wonder how many other players have had a “farewell tour” for the entire baseball season. I will be very happy when this year is over because this “tour” is getting OLD. Don’t get me wrong, I think he has done a great job, however a farewell tour for a baseball player is a bit much. Would this happen if he was not a Yankee?

    • bigharold - Sep 4, 2013 at 3:12 AM

      “Would this happen if he was not a Yankee?”

      If a player had the career he had and was as respected as he is it certainly would.

      And, other players have had “farewell tours”, .. most recently Chipper Jones, .. who as far as I can recall never played for the Yankees.

    • asimonetti88 - Sep 4, 2013 at 10:29 AM

      Somewhat rare to see a one-team HOFer in this day and age. Chipper got a farewell tour, he did not play for the Yankees.

  7. ltpm3 - Sep 4, 2013 at 2:30 AM

    I wonder how many other players have had a “farewell tour” for the entire baseball season. I will be very happy when this year is over because this “tour” is getting OLD. Don’t get me wrong, I think he has done a great job, however a farewell tour for a baseball player is a bit much. Would this happen if he was not a Yankee?

    • Kevin S. - Sep 4, 2013 at 7:35 AM

      Bobby Cox was never a Yankee.

      • koop - Sep 4, 2013 at 8:31 AM

        Bobby Cox actually played for the Yankees…check out his 1968 Topps baseball card.

  8. jm91rs - Sep 4, 2013 at 8:57 AM

    How many idiot writers leave Mo off the Hall of Fame Ballot in 5 years just because of the era he played in?

    • bravojawja - Sep 4, 2013 at 9:29 AM

      0

      But somebody won’t allow a unanimous vote just because not even Babe Ruth or Cy Young or Mickey Mantle or His Mom got in unanimously.

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