Can we please, finally, replace saves, an outdated way to evaluate bullpen arms?

I should probably give up every time I’ve heard no, but I’m stubborn like that.

For years, I’ve tried to point out how the save is an outdated, outmoded stat. In 1997 it was cool to talk about saves. It’s 2017 now. Saves are passé. At the very least, they are not great indicators of pitching success, something I’ve touched in Never Draft a Closer Early (also, check out The Closers Conundrum).

Let’s hit the main points, directly. It’s getting tiring having to try year after year after year... but again, I’m stubborn.


Here is MLB Rule 10.20.

Credit a pitcher with a save when he meets all three of the following conditions: 
(1) He is the finishing pitcher in a game won by his club; and 
(2) He is not the winning pitcher; and 
(3) He qualifies under one of the following conditions: 
- (a) He enters the game with a lead of no more than three runs and pitches for...

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