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
|Rank||Name||Partial Inning Saves||Total Saves|
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.