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Rivera ties Hoffman for most career saves

Posted on: September 17, 2011 3:59 pm
Edited on: September 17, 2011 4:32 pm
Mariano Rivera

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Trevor Hoffman has company.

Mariano Rivera recorded his 601st career save in the Yankees' 7-6 victory over the Blue Jays on Saturday, tying him for the carer saves mark. Rivera also has 42 postseason saves, that are not included in his career total.

Hoffman retired last season after 18 seasons in the big leagues, recording 601 saves for three teams, the Marlins, Padres and Brewers, although 552 of his saves came with the Padres.

Rivera, 41, has recorded all 601 of his saves in a Yankee uniform, his first in 1996 and since then he's recorded at least 30 saves in all but one season since.

One of the all-time great Yankees, Rivera began his career as a starter with the Yankees in 1995, but was a setup man to John Wetteland in 1996 before taking over as the closer in 1997, when he recorded 43 saves. 

Rivera's save on Saturday was his 42nd of the season, matching his uniform number. The Yankees took the lead in the seventh inning on Curtis Granderson's 40th homer of the season before Hector Noesi and Rafael Soriano pitched two scoreless innings to set up Rivera in the ninth inning.

Rivera struck out Colby Rasmus looking, got Brett Lawrie to ground out to first and Eric Thames to fly out to center to end the game and tie Hoffman.

Rivera and Hoffman are both well ahead of Lee Smith, who is third on the all-time list with 478 saves. John Franco is fourth with 424 and Billy Wagner, who like Hoffman retired after last season, is fifth with 422. After Rivera, the active pitcher with the most saves is Reds closer Francisco Cordero, who has 323 saves, good for 13th on the all-time list. The stat was not officially kept until 1969.

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Since: Jul 3, 2007
Posted on: September 18, 2011 2:15 pm

Rivera ties Hoffman for most career saves

Hawkcharger...thank you, for explaining small market american baseball to me. Let me explain to you now what sepates closers from middle relievers, and great closers from good closers...the varying degrees of pressure that they can handle. For years now, Rivera has been considered the best there ever was for years. He trailed Hoffman in all time saves, but it was his POSTSEASON success that separated him.

Now 600 REGULAR SEASON saves is impressive, no doubt about it. That alone puts Hoffman as the number #2 closer of all time. But Trevor Hoffman has NEVER closed a game the whole country was watching IN HIS LIFE. He got to the world series in 1998, and blew it to the Yankees. In the 2006 all star game, Hoffman had a chance to close out the ALs winning streak. Granted, the game means nothing in the standings, but given the audience, it's agreeably a high-pressure game. Hoffman blew it. The next year, Trevor had a 13th inning, 2-run lead against the Rockies in a ONE-GAME PLAYOFF. He blew it. Ahh, you didn't think a small-minded big market baseball fan would be watching the Rockies and Padres, did you? And at the end of his career, it was pretty clear that the man who could rack up so many regular season saves couldn't get the job done when it meant the most.

Now I know, Rivera had more chances in the postseason, and he did blow the world series in Arizona, as well as the LCS against Boston in '04. But no closer had more overall success in the postseason, and everyone knows that. No one got that final out with the whole world watching more times than Rivera. Hoffman couldn't get that final out with the whole world watching ONE TIME. The Hall of Fame is for the all time greats, and ALL TIME really means, ALL THE TIME. I was hoping someone would call me out on saying I'm not sure about Hoffman's HOF case, so I could awaken anybody to the fact that Trevor Hoffman is the most overrated closer to play the game. He's a class act, and I wouldn't have a problem with him in the HOF, he wouldn't be the worst player to be inducted. But his big-time stage fright raises some serious doubt...

Since: Sep 6, 2011
Posted on: September 18, 2011 11:01 am

Rivera ties Hoffman for most career saves

Congrats to Mariano Rivera on an outstanding career and well deserved record.  But as great as Mo is, he would not have had a record to chase had Hoffman not been there before him to set it.  So congrats are in order to both Mo and Hoffman.  Both he and Hoffman are first round HoFer's in my book. 

Since: Aug 27, 2006
Posted on: September 18, 2011 1:45 am

Rivera ties Hoffman for most career saves

Since you're "not sure" if you'd put Hoffman in the Hall of Fame, lthappy, let me help you out ... good baseball is played by small market teams outside of the AL East. I know. Shocking, right?

Here's how it works. You watch beyond the first 25 minutes of N.Y-Philly-Boston rah-rah on SportsCenter and they squeeze in other games once in awhile. You learn about other players and it keeps you from sounding ignorant about a for-sure hall of fame closer like Trevor Hoffman.

Not to pick on you, but when Hoffman broke the saves record and reached the 600 milestone, his name didn't get mentioned half as much as it has in the last couple of days. Suddenly the saves mark matters because an almighty Yankee is about to take it.

Mo will end his career as the best closer of all time. I'll give the man his due. But Hoffman's credentials are great. He just happened to spend most of his time on a team outside of the East Coast echo chamber.

Since: Jul 3, 2007
Posted on: September 17, 2011 10:00 pm

Rivera ties Hoffman for most career saves

Not sure if I'd put Hoffman in the HOF-Rivera, no freakin' doubt. The absolute best closer ever, by all standards, all-time regular season saves record, best postseason closer ever...Go Mo!

Since: Feb 18, 2010
Posted on: September 17, 2011 9:12 pm

Rivera ties Hoffman for most career saves

" of the best of all time."  So, who was better?

Since: Dec 23, 2008
Posted on: September 17, 2011 8:23 pm

Rivera ties Hoffman for most career saves

Mo may not be a dominate force with his cutter as he once was but to this day he still remains as one off the all time best. Nice job Mo!

Since: Sep 17, 2011
Posted on: September 17, 2011 8:20 pm

Rivera ties Hoffman for most career saves

You Go Mo!!!!

Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: September 17, 2011 7:12 pm

Rivera ties Hoffman for most career saves

Who you do. Since you read the article and then felt the need to post your stupid message. Good job at making yourself look like an idiot.

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