List of Major League Baseball annual saves leaders

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The following is a list of annual leaders in saves in Major League Baseball (MLB), with separate lists for the American League and the National League. The list includes several professional leagues and associations that were never part of MLB.

A bearded man with his hands in his jacket pocets, wearing a red baseball cap and red jacket with a bird logo on the left chest, standing with a field and stands in the background.
Bruce Sutter is tied for Major League records in both total times leading the league in saves (5) and consecutive league-leading seasons (4)

In baseball, a save is credited to a pitcher who finishes a game for the winning team under prescribed circumstances. 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.[1] The statistic was created by Jerome Holtzman in 1959 to "measure the effectiveness of relief pitchers" and was adopted as an MLB official statistic in 1969.[2][3] The save has been retroactively measured for pitchers before that date.

MLB recognizes the player or players in each league[a] with the most saves each season. In retrospect, the five saves by Jack Manning meant he led the National League in its inaugural year, while Bill Hoffer was the American League's first saves champion with three.[4] Mordecai Brown was the first pitcher to record at least 10 saves in a season. Dan Quisenberry, Bruce Sutter, Firpo Marberry, and Ed Walsh are the only pitchers to lead the league in saves five times (though Marberry and Walsh did so before 1969). Sutter is also tied with Harry Wright, Dan Quisenberry and Craig Kimbrel for the most consecutive seasons leading the league in saves with four.



  • "Hall of Fame Pitching Register". Retrieved March 13, 2013.
  • "Yearly League Leaders & Records for Saves". Retrieved March 13, 2013.
Inline citations
  1. ^ Horneman, Tim (March 23, 2010). "Baseball Save Rules". Retrieved August 31, 2011.
  2. ^ Weber, Bruce (July 22, 2008). "Jerome Holtzman, 82, 'Dean' of Sportswriters, Dies". The New York Times. Retrieved March 13, 2013.
  3. ^ Bloom, Barry (July 21, 2008). "Legendary historian Holtzman passes". Major League Baseball. Archived from the original on 29 April 2011. Retrieved March 13, 2013.
  4. ^ "Yearly League Leaders & Records for Saves". Retrieved March 13, 2013.
  5. ^ "Complete Baseball Team and Baseball Team Encyclopedias". Retrieved March 13, 2013.