Are you an expert on baseball closers?

Are you an expert on baseball closers?

The save was first 'invented' in MLB in 1969 and then officially adopted a few years later. It is a statistic that awards a relief pitcher for finishing a game that his team wins by a small margin (3 runs or less). It was in the 1970s that 'Relief Specialists' started to become a big part of the game. Are you an expert on baseball 'closers'? Get ready, because here comes the 1st pitch!

What 1970s relief ace was famous for his waxed/twirled mustache?

What relief specialist had 152 of his 367 career saves for a team not based in the USA?

Before Mariano Rivera became the closer for the Yankees, he served as the 'set up man' for which teammate?

Albert Lyle was a 1970s relief pitcher for the New York Yankees. What nickname was he more well known as?

What former Oakland A's relief ace is 7th all time in saves but began his career as a starter?

Ugueth Urbina ranks 41st in all time saves with 237. What country is he from?

Lee Smith is 3rd all time in career saves. With which team did he get the most saves?

Which of the following pitchers never saved 50 or more games in a season?

When Edwin Diaz saved 57 games in 2018, for what team was he playing ?

How many times did Mariano Rivera save 50 or more games in a season?

From 2002 to 2004, what former starter for the Atlanta Braves saved 144 games?

Who was the relief specialist for the Toronto Blue Jays when they won back to back titles in the early 90s?

Who is the only closer to record more than 60 saves in one season?

Joe Nathan ranks 9th all time in career saves. For which team did he record most of them?

How many saves did Mariano Rivera have in his final season in the big leagues?

Who saved 57 games for the Chicago White Sox in 1990?

Relief Specialists/Closers have also been referred to as?

Who lead the league in saves in 2021?

In the early 2000s, Eric Gagne had 152 saves in 3 seasons for what team?

Which of the following pitchers is NOT in the Top 10 for all time career saves?

Rich Gossage was a very successful relief pitcher for the New Yankees and other teams. What was his nickname?

The #2 all time closer Trevor Hoffman finished his career with 47 saves over 2 seasons with what team?

The #13 all time closer Troy Percival had 314 of his 358 career saves for what team?

1970s/80s relief specialist for the Mets and Phillies Frank McGraw was better known by what nickname?

Who is the all time leader in career saves?

Who lead the league in saves in the covid-shortened 2020 season?

Which of the following pitchers is the only one to have saved 50 or more games in a season?

What former relief ace was famous for throwing the ball sidearmed?

Which of the following relief specialists did NOT have a beard?

What fomer New York Yankees relief specialist also once threw a no hitter for the Yankees as a starter?

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