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Most Career Partial Inning Saves

In last night's game, Trevor Hoffman warmed up in the ninth inning in case Zach Braddock ran into trouble and a save situation arose.  Braddock eventually finished the game and Hoffman stayed at 598 career saves.

I figured the career saves leader would also rank highly on the list of career "partial inning" saves (only one or two outs recorded), especially considering he hasn't thrown more than one inning in a game since 2004.

It turns out Hoffman is currently tied for eighth on the partial inning saves leaderboard.  Some of the names on the list may surprise you, as they hail from an era that is often praised for its multiple-inning saves.

Most Career Partial Inning Saves
(through 8/19/2010)

Rank Name Partial Inning Saves Total Saves
1 Jeff Reardon 62 367
2 Sparky Lyle 59 238
Rollie Fingers 59 341
4 Todd Worrell 57 256
5 Dennis Eckersley 53 390
6 Lee Smith 49 478
Roy Face 49 193
8 Randy Myers 47 347
Trevor Hoffman 47 598
Rich Gossage 47 310
11 Tippy Martinez 43 115
John Franco 43 424
13 Lindy McDaniel 41 172
Doug Jones 41 303
15 Kent Tekulve 39 184
16 Dan Plesac 38 158
Tom Henke 38 311
18 Rod Beck 37 286
19 Mariano Rivera 36 550
Dave Righetti 36 252
Bill Henry 36 90
Dave Giusti 36 145
23 Hoyt Wilhelm 35 227
Jesse Orosco 35 144

Note: for this list saves were retroactively determined for pitchers like Roy Face who threw before the save rule was created in 1969.

Curiously, exactly 250 pitchers have 10 or more such saves through 8/19/2010.  The entire list of those pitchers can be found here.

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