I don’t particularly like saves. In fact, I hate them. If I were commissioner for a day the first thing I would do is to do away with saves as an official statistic. They are meaningless and often cause managers to manage for a save instead of a win. I still throw up in my mouth a little bit each time I think back to the 2003 World Series and remember Jeff Weaver blowing a game in extra innings while Mariano Rivera sat in the bullpen perfectly rested, waiting for his save opportunity while the Yankees lost.
Regardless, Rivera is currently sitting on save no. 599 and that’s pretty cool. Sure it’s a meaningless stat, but we can’t go around having people thinking that just because Trevor Hoffman has the most saves that he is somehow comparable in stature to The Great Rivera.
So even though it is a dumb statistic that might have cost the Yankees the 2003 World Series, and very likely cost them a win just this week against the Angels, I will be watching Rivera’s appearances with great anticipation this week. It will be glorious when he first reaches the 600-save plateau and then shortly after passes Hoffman altogether for first on the all-time list.
Hopefully there is enough time left in the season to get three more. With 17 more games left, it should be.