Signed by the Yankees as an amateur free agent, Rivera has played his entire career for the Yankees. Since 1997, the 12-time All-Star has saved fewer than 30 games only once. He saved a career-high 53 games in 2004.
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Trevor Hoffman - 601
The saves leader compiled 552 over 16 seasons with the Padres, 47 in two years with the Brewers and two in 1993 with the Marlins. He shattered the previous record of 478 held by Lee Smith, making him the first player to reach the 500- and 600-save milestones. The seven-time All-Star had a career ERA of 2.87.
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Lee Smith - 478
Smith, a seven-time All-Star, played 18 years for eight teams. One of the dominant closers in history, he held the major league record for career saves from 1993-2006, when Trevor Hoffman passed his final total of 478. He led the majors in saves four seasons, twice with the Cardinals (1991, 1992).
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John Franco - 424
The career leader in saves by a left-hander, Franco led the league in 1988 (39), 1990 (33) and 1994 (30). Franco was a four-time All-Star selection and won the NL Rolaids Relief Man of the Year twice (1988, 1990). With the Reds (1984-89), Mets (1990-2004) and Astos (2005), he compiled a 90-87 record and a 2.87 ERA.
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Billy Wagner - 422
Wagner was a natural-born right-hander but, after breaking his right arm twice in accidents as a young boy, he taught himself to throw baseballs using his left arm. He struck out nearly 1,200 batters in just over 900 innings pitched. He saved a career-best 44 games for the Astros in 2003. A seven-time All-Star, Wagner was the 1999 NL Rolaids Relief Man of the Year.
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Dennis Eckersley - 390
Eckersley won 20 games as a starter for the Red Sox in 1978, but a 1987 trade to the Athletics jump-started his career as a reliever. From 1988-1993, he saved no fewer than 33 games and led the league in 1988 (45) and 1992 (51). The six-time All-Star won the MVP and Cy Young awards in 1992.
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Jeff Reardon - 367
A four-time All-Star, Reardon became the first pitcher in Major League Baseball history to have 40-save seasons in both the American and National Leagues. He also led majors in saves (41) during the 1985 season, earning the Rolaids Relief Man of the Year Award.
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Troy Percival - 358
During a 15-year baseball career, he pitched from 1995-2009 for the Angels, Tigers, Cardinals and Rays, pitching primarily with the California/Anaheim Angels. He was an integral part of the Angels' 2002 World Series championship team and recorded 10 seasons of at least 27 saves.
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Randy Myers - 347
In a 14-year career with five teams, Myers compiled a 3.19 ERA, 44 wins, 63 losses and struck out 884 batters in 884 2/3 innings. His best years were 53 saves and a 3.11 ERA with the Chicago Cubs (1993) and 45 saves and 1.51 ERA with the Baltimore Orioles (1997). The seven-time All-Star was also the 1990 NLCS MVP. This 1997 save helped the O's clinch a playoff berth.
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Rollie Fingers - 341
Fingers was a starter throughout his minor league career, starting 19 games in 1970. During his 18-year career, he pitched for the Oakland Athletics (1968--76), San Diego Padres (1977--80) and Milwaukee Brewers (1981--85). He became only the second reliever to be elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1992 and is also one of only a few MLB players to have his number retired by more than one club (Oakland and Milwaukee).
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