Stat of the Day: Wagner at No. 399

Braves closer Billy Wagner saved his third game in four days Sunday to pick up his 14th save of the season and the 399th of his career. Only four other relievers in major league history have 400 saves - Trevor Hoffman (596), Mariano Rivera (542), Lee Smith (478) and John Franco (424). Wagner is poised to become only the second left-hander with 400 saves, joining Franco.

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JC Brave

June 20th, 2010
8:06 pm

Boatdoc

June 20th, 2010
8:07 pm

If Billy can still bring it, I hope he reconsiders retirement next year. To me the most surprising statistic on this list is that ANYONE has more saves than Mariano Rivera.

NRBQ

June 20th, 2010
8:27 pm

Carrol, you wrote earlier that Kimbrel could be sent down when JJJ returns.

Please tell me you didn’t hear that from the powers-that-be.

This kid is gonna be the real deal. Let him learn in the Bigs.

I hear banjos and the pigs are nervous

June 20th, 2010
11:08 pm

NRBQ, I believe the Braves want Kimbrel to get regular work in the closers role in Gwinnett and apply what he has learned in Atlanta for a month or two. He will be back, but the regular work will help him master his command. Kimbrel has only pitched 4 times in June.

VP

June 21st, 2010
2:08 am

Kimbrel needs to be in the minors right now, he won’t be getting enough work here to get ready for next years when Wagner is not here. We already have Venters, Moylan, Saito and Wagner anyway. Let the kid get better.

Scott

June 21st, 2010
8:23 am

DON’T RETIRE, BILLY !
You are the best closer in baseball.

BobtheBlogger

June 21st, 2010
10:02 am

If Wagner changed his retirement plan and played a few more years, he could end up with over 500 saves. That might get him a ticket to Cooperstown.

Braves Fan Since "80

June 21st, 2010
10:10 am

Kimbrel and Venters will make retirement of Wagner bearable

Greg

June 21st, 2010
11:45 am

BRING BACK DAN KOLB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Melky way

June 21st, 2010
12:10 pm

Are kidding wags will be in cooperstown!

daBraves860

June 21st, 2010
12:40 pm

bob… wag might get into cooperstown? i believe he’s already in.

GTSteve

June 21st, 2010
12:58 pm

I was at the game Saturday night….The loudest I have heard the fans since the Braves moved to the Ted was when Billy Wags was announced…chill bumps…it was awesome

Wyatt Earp (Kurt Russell)…from Tombstone…”You tellem I coming, and you tellem He ll is coming with me”

Joey M

June 21st, 2010
1:16 pm

I will remember Franco’s 400th save for a while. On the last hitter, he thought he had a strikeout twice and started jumping around like a caged monkey. When he finally got the save he did the same thing again. I understand being happy, but when you are just drawing attention to yourself trying to make a highlight reel, it taints your feat. Same goes for guys like F. Rodriguez, the late Jose Lima, Barry Bonds, etc. I can’t stand all the theatrics. Finish the game and take a shower. Venters showed one can get a save with one pitch. Act like you’ve been there before.

Rhino

June 21st, 2010
1:46 pm

I’m going to love seeing Wagner reach that milestone in a Braves uniform. He’s a great pro. And I think his mentorship is going to be great for Kimbrel who has looked great this year.

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dawgs01

June 21st, 2010
4:25 pm

I was there Sunday just above the Braves dugout and Wagner was throwing some heat. “Forget the curve ball Billy give em the heater” Braves are looking great lets keep it up. It is fun watching this year’s team bc you never feel like they are going to lose.

VaBravesfan

June 21st, 2010
4:54 pm

Billy Wagner went to high school and college right up the road from here. It is nice to be able to cheer for him instead of against him for a change.

AL HRABOSKY

June 21st, 2010
6:51 pm

GO BRAVES!!!!!

Bob Horner is an old, fat, drunken slob. Crap, so am I.

June 21st, 2010
6:54 pm

Dan Kolb did have good stuff. Team player too.

Bob Horner is an old, fat, drunken slob. Crap, so am I.

June 21st, 2010
6:56 pm

We partied together at Harlows on Memorial drive- back in the day.

Bob Horner is an old, fat, drunken slob. Crap, so am I.

June 21st, 2010
6:57 pm

Course Kolb always wanted to go to the bar across the street , and fight the necks from Loganville.

Bob Horner is an old, fat, drunken slob. Crap, so am I.

June 21st, 2010
6:58 pm

Whars Loganville?

is30303

June 21st, 2010
7:00 pm

Seriously why is this guy retiring. He’s still throwing hard – its not like he’s Hoffman or Ryan Franklin

Alaska Braves Fan

June 21st, 2010
7:30 pm

I once made the mistake of calculating some comparisons of my own income to those of MLB players. For example, I realized that if I could last 17 days on the Yankees’ roster at A-Rod’s rate of pay, I would earn twice as much as I will have earned in my entire lifetime. I’m really not so badly paid and live comfortably, but baseball players make enormous salaries. So, Billy CAN retire comfortably and spend time with his family. He is unlikely ever to have to worry about money, and he can put the stress and travel schedule behind him.

Nonetheless, I’d love to see him stay around another year, too. He’s really fun to watch, which is why we all chip in to pay him so well.

ABF

Roy Hobbs

June 21st, 2010
9:46 pm

So, once he gets 400, is Franco’s number the next goal? He has an outside shot at getting there this year.

Stumpknocker

June 21st, 2010
10:03 pm

This is Cox’s last year, Wagner’s last year and could be Chipper’s last year. Could be that the planets and the team chemistry are perfectly alining. Could be that the Braves will take it all the way this year. GO BRAVES

. Don

June 22nd, 2010
9:22 am

Is it true that on all the teams in the entire Braves minor league system – that there are only 3 players hitting obove .300?

the truth

June 22nd, 2010
11:48 am

hey Bob Horner, would that have been nickel night at Harlowes? I remember the the redneck bar across the street ( name escapes me ). It you did not have a knife at the door, they gave you one.

Good times indeed my friend.

taxman kenneth

June 22nd, 2010
1:27 pm

I for one hopes that Billy Wagner will consider pitching another year for the Braves but I understand him wanting to be there for his kids and wife. He went to College about 40 miles from where I live at Ferrum Junior College and I am glad for him and especially being a brave’s closer. I know where his home is here in Virginia and I wish him well if he actually retires. I would love to see him try to be the all time left handed closer but again I admire him for wanting to be there for him family too. I have always liked Billy even when he was with the Mets. Now that is saying something. It could have been worse like being with the Yankees. Good Luck Billy in whatever you decide to do. Your story is very inspiring to say the least.

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