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MLB Single Season Saves Leaders

In 2008, Los Angeles Angels Closer Francisco Rodriguez set the MLB record for most saves in a single season with 62. K-Rod beat Bobby Thigpen’s 18 year old record by 5 saves and became the only MLB Closer to records over 60 saves in a season.

When Thigpen set the record in 1990, he was the only MLB pitcher to record over 50 saves. There have now been 12 seasons in which a pitcher has recorded 50 or more saves. Eric Gagne and Mariano Rivera have each record 50+ save seasons twice.

Rank Player Team
Saves
Year
1 Francisco Rodriguez  Los Angeles Angels
62
2008
2 Bobby Thigpen  Chicago White Sox
57
1990
T3 Eric Gagne  Los Angeles Dodgers
55
2003
T3 John Smoltz  John Smoltz
55
2002
T5 Trevor Hoffman  San Diego Padres
53
1998
T5 Randy Myers Chicago Cubs
53
1993
T5 Mariano Rivera  New York Yankees
53
2004
8 Eric Gagne  Los Angeles Dodgers
52
2002
T9 Rod Beck  Chicago Cubs
51
1998
  Dennis Eckersley Oakland Athletics
51
1992
  Jim Johnson Baltimore Orioles
51
2012
12 Mariano Rivera  New York Yankees
50
2001
13 Francisco Cordero  Texas Rangers
49
2004
  Jose Valverde Detroit
49
2011
T15 Rod Beck  San Francisco Giants
48
1993
  Dennis Eckersley Oakland Athletics
48
1990
  Jeff Shaw  Cincinnati Reds
Los Angeles Dodgers
48
1998
  Brian Fuentes Los Angeles Angels
48
2009
  Brian Wilson San Francisco Giants
48
2010
  Fernando Rodney Tampa Bay
48
2012
T21 Armando Benitez  Florida Marlins
47
2004
  Chad Cordero  Washington Nationals
47
2005
  Jason Isringhausen  St. Louis Cardinals
47
2004
  Francisco Rodriguez  Los Angeles Angels
47
2006
  Lee Smith  St. Louis Cardinals
47
1991
  Jose Valverde  Arizona Diamondbacks
47
2007
  Joe Nathan Minnesota Twins
47
2009
  Heath Bell San Diego Padres
47
2010
T29 Tom Gordon  Boston Red Sox
46
1998
  Bryan Harvey  California Angels
46
1991
  Trevor Hoffman  San Diego Padres
46
2006
  Jose Mesa  Cleveland Indians
46
1995
  Dave Righetti New York Yankees
46
1986
  Lee Smith  St. Louis Cardinals
New York Yankees
46
1993
  Mike Williams  Pittsburgh Pirates
46
2002
  John Axford Milwaukee Brewers
46
2011
  Craig Kimbral Atlanta Braves
46
2011
T38 Antonio Alfonseca  Florida Marlins
45
2000
  Joe Borowski  Cleveland Indians
45
2007
  Dennis Eckersley Oakland Athletics
45
1988
  Eric Gagne  Los Angeles Dodgers
45
2004
  Eddie Guardado Minnesota Twins
45
2002
  Bryan Harvey  Florida Marlins
45
1993
  Jose Mesa  Philadelphia Phillies
45
2002
  Jeff Montgomery  Kansas City Royals
45
1993
  Randy Myers Baltimore Orioles
45
1997
  Robb Nen  San Francisco Giants
45
2001
  Dan Quisenberry  Kansas City Royals
45
1983
  Mariano Rivera  New York Yankees
45
1999
  Francisco Rodriguez  Los Angeles Angels
45
2005
  Kazuhiro Sasaki  Seattle Mariners
45
2001
  John Smoltz  Atlanta Braves
45
2003
  Bruce Sutter St. Louis Cardinals
45
1984
  Duane Ward  Toronto Blue Jays
45
1993
  Bob Wickman  Cleveland Indians
45
2005
  Rafael Soriano Tampa Bay Rays
45
2010
  J.J. Putz Arizona Diamondbacks
45
2011
T58 Jeff Brantley  Cincinnati Reds
44
1996
  Francisco Cordero  Milwaukee Brewers
44
2007
  Mark Davis San Diego Padres
44
1989
  Billy Koch  Oakland Athletics
44
2002
  Joe Nathan  Minnesota Twins
44
2004
  Dan Quisenberry  Kansas City Royals
44
1984
  Mariano Rivera New York Yankees
44
2009
  Mariano Rivera New York Yankees
44
2010
  Mariano Rivera New York Yankees
44
2011
  John Smoltz  Atlanta Braves
44
2004
  Jose Valverde  Houston Astros
44
2008
  Billy Wagner Houston Astros
44
2003
  Todd Worrell  Los Angeles Dodgers
44
1996

Updated: Oct. 25th 2012

Sources:

baseball-reference.com
baseball-almanac.com
wikipedia.org
thebaseballcube.com

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