With a scoreless ninth inning in Tuesday's game against the San Diego Padres, Jonathan Papelbon of the Philadelphia Phillies recorded his 14th save of the 2014 season and No. 300 for his career. He joined Joe Nathan (354) and Francisco Rodriguez (323) on the list of active players who have reached the 300-save mark, per ESPN Stats & Info.
At 300 career saves, Papelbon is tied with Jason Isringhausen and Bruce Sutter in 24th place on the all-time list. To break into the top 20 this season, Papelbon will need to log at least 12 more saves, which would move him past Tom Henke, who tallied 311 over his career.
The 33-year-old Papelbon needed 585.1 innings—spread across 10 MLB seasons—to become the 26th member of the 300-save club. He closed the majority of his games as a member of the Boston Red Sox, earning 219 saves during a seven-season stretch that included four straight All-Star Game selections from 2006 to 2009. The right-hander put together an impressive streak of seven consecutive 30-save seasons from 2006 to 2012 before falling one short at 29 in 2013, his second year with the Phillies.
Now in his third year with Philadelphia, he hasn't blown a save since his first attempt of the season back on April 2, converting 14 consecutive opportunities since that date. Following another appearance Wednesday, he has gone eight consecutive outings without allowing a run and owns a 1.42 ERA and 1.02 WHIP for the year.
All stats courtesy of MLB.com unless otherwise specified.
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