#35 | Relief Pitcher | Texas Rangers | Roster
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Named MVP of the World Series after recording four saves (tying the record for most in a single postseason series) in the seven-game championship series win over Atlanta ... Had seven total saves in the postseason, most ever by a pitcher ... Led the American League during the regular season with 43 saves, second most in Yankee history behind Dave Righetti (46, 1986) ... Recorded saves in 24 straight appearances from May 31-July 14, breaking the major league record of 19 set by Lee Smith (St. Louis, 1993) ... Won the A.L. Rolaids Relief Man Award ... Was an All-Star for the first time.
Led the Yankees in saves, games finished, save opportunities and save percentages ... Finished third in the AL in games finished, lowest batting average allowed in relief and least baserunners allowed per nine innings in relief; fifth in saves; sixth in save opportunities and save percentage; seventh in blown saves; and eighth in relief ERA.
Banner season for club relief ace ... Established a club record with 43 saves in 49 opportunities, despite being out of action from March 6 to April 22 with a broken toe ... Save total tied for fourth in the NL with Lee Smith and Mitch Williams ... Finished third in the Rolaids Relief Man Standings with 129 points ... Became the first pitcher in major league history to follow up a zero save season (1991) with two 35+ save seasons ... Ranked second among relief pitchers in wins (9) ... Tied for ninth in the NL in appearances, was fourth in games pitched and first in relief ERA ... Garnered the NL's Pitcher of the Month and the Expos Player of the Month honors for September ... Averaged 11.92 strikeouts per nine innings, the second-highest average in the majors.
First full season in the majors and with Montreal ... Worked primarily as the team's closer, compiling 37 saves and finishing third in the Rolaids Relief Man voting ... Save total ranked second on the club's all-time list behind Reardon's 41 ... Earned the Rolaids Relief Pitcher of the Month award for July after recording 10 saves and two wins in 12 appearances for the Expos ... Ranked third in the NL in saves, second in games finished and second in relief strikeouts ... Montreal went 32-8 in his last 40 appearances.
Spent his seventh and final season in the Dodgers' organization ... Entered the season as a career starter in the minors, with no saves to his credit at any level of the Dodgers' farm system ... Requested a switch to the bullpen after four poor starts at the beginning of the season ... Decision paid off as he went 20-for-20 in save situations and finished second in the PCL ... Appeared in six games for the Dodgers, going 1-0 without allowing an earned run.
Split the season between Los Angeles and Albuquerque (AAA) ... Made the club out of spring training ... Earned the win in L.A.'s opening day victory over the Padres ... Was used in both starting and relief roles throughout the season ... Made 16 appearances for the Dodgers, compiling a 2-4 mark with a 6.12 ERA before being optioned to Albuquerque (AAA) on June 21 ... Minor league season was limited to eight games by a broken rib ... Was recalled, Sept. 12 ... Finished the season with a 0-3, 7.23 ERA mark as a starter and went 2-1 with a 2.96 ERA as a reliever for the Dodgers.
Got his first taste of major league action ... Started the season with Albuquerque (AAA) before earning his first big league promotion, May 31 ... Made his debut that day, with one inning of work vs. the Expos ... For the year, went 2-6 with a 4.97 ERA as a starter and compiled a 3-2, 1.83 ERA relief record ... Notched his first major league save, June 12 vs. the Reds and his first win three days later vs. Houston ... Worked out of the Dodgers' rotation the second half of season, posting a 3-5 mark with a 4.97 ERA in 11 starts.