Most Saves By An MLB Relief Pitcher

A save is a statistic awarded to a relief pitcher who preserves his team’s lead and wins the game, in certain situations. Read on to learn about the relief pitchers who have recorded the most saves all-time and in a single season.

Reliever Save Records

Mariano Rivera holds the all-time record for saves with 652, while Francisco Rodriguez holds the single-season record with 62.

Most Career Saves Single Season

Shown below are the all-time record-holders for saves in a single season:

Name (Year)TeamSingle-Season Save Total
Francisco Rodriguez (2008)Los Angeles Angels62
Edwin Diaz (2018)Seattle Mariners57
Bobby Thigpen (1990)Chicago White Sox57
Eric Gagne (2003)Los Angeles Dodgers55
John Smoltz (2002)Atlanta Braves55

Most Career Saves All-Time

Shown below are the all-time record-holders for career saves:

Name Team(s)Career Save Total
Mariano Rivera New York Yankees652
Trevor HoffmanFlorida Marlins, San Diego Padres, Milwaukee Brewers601
Lee SmithChicago Cubs, Boston Red Sox, St. Louis Cardinals, New York Yankees, Baltimore Orioles, California Angles, Cincinnati Reds, Montreal Expos478
Francisco RodriguezLos Angeles Angels, New York Mets, Milwaukee Brewers, Baltimore Orioles, Detroit Tigers437
John FrancoCincinnati Reds, New York Mets, Houston Astros424