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A save (normally abbreviated to sv) is credited to a pitcher who finishes a winning game under certain situations. It is an often used statistic for relief pitchers. It generally indicates a pitcher's ability to hold their team's lead in a fairly close game.

There are certain situations where a save will be awarded to the relief pitcher who closes or finishes a game for a winning team:

  1. He must be the finishing pitcher in a game won by his team;
  2. He must not be the winning pitcher;
  3. He must be credited with at least a ⅓ of an inning pitched;
  4. He meets one of these conditions:
    1. He enters the game with his team in the lead by no more than three runs and pitches at least one complete inning;
    2. He enters the game with a potential tying run either on base, at bat or on deck;
    3. He pitches for at least 3 innings;

If a relief pitcher satisfies the criteria for a save but is not the finishing pitcher, he may be credited in a boxscore with a "hold" (abbreviated to "H"), though this is not an official statistic.

Save records

The single season record for saves was set by Nate Kremer (Jacksonville Ravens) in 2015, with 29. Three active players are tied for second place in saves with 28 each.

The career record for saves is held by Nick MacLellan, with 234 in 17 seasons. He broke the previous record of 225 held by Hall of Fame pitcher Brian Peckham.