ROLAIDS RELIEF MAN AWARd

The Best Relief Pitcher in Major League Baseball

The pressure is truly intense as these pitchers / closers step onto the mound — knowing they only have to pitch an inning or two at most; however, they also know that the entire game is riding on their skill as a pitcher, their shoulders, and in their arms. They should be able to "mow" down the opposing batters and save the game for a team victory, but will they?

Here are those stoppers, along with some basic statistical information, who withstood the pressure and were honored with the Rolaids Relief Man Award. An award that was started in 1976 in an effort to honor the top closer from each league and calculated by giving four points for a tough save (entering the game with the tying run on base), three points for a save, two points for a win, loss of two points for a loss, and a loss of two points for a blown save.

On January 7, 2013, Sanofi (EURONEXT: SAN and NYSE : SNY) announced that its US Consumer Healthcare Division, Chattem, Inc., completed the acquisition of the worldwide rights to the Rolaids ® brand from McNeil Consumer Healthcare Division of McNEIL-PPC, Inc. effectively ending the sponsorship program.

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"I want to thank all the pitchers who couldn't go nine innings, and manager Dick Howser who wouldn't let them go." - Dan Quisenberry (Five time receipient of the Rolaids Relief Award)

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In Chronological Order

Minnesota
20
Not Available
Not Available
17
5
3.01
Boston
31
Not Available
Not Available
13
9
2.96
New York
27
Not Available
Not Available
10
11
2.01
Texas
29
Not Available
Not Available
13
5
1.57
Kansas City
33
Not Available
Not Available
12
7
3.09
Milwaukee
28
Not Available
Not Available
6
3
1.04
Kansas City
35
Not Available
Not Available
9
7
2.57
Kansas City
45
Not Available
Not Available
5
3
1.94
Kansas City
44
Not Available
Not Available
6
3
2.64
Kansas City
37
Not Available
Not Available
8
9
2.37
New York
46
Not Available
Not Available
8
8
2.45
New York
31
Not Available
13
8
6
3.51
Oakland
45
Not Available
8
4
2
2.35
Texas
38
Not Available
6
6
4
1.98
Chicago
57
Not Available
8
4
6
1.83
California
46
Not Available
6
2
4
1.60
Oakland
51
Not Available
3
7
1
1.91
Kansas City
45
Not Available
6
7
5
2.27
Baltimore
33
Not Available
6
1
4
3.29
Cleveland
46
Not Available
2
3
0
1.13
New York
43
Not Available
4
2
3
2.83
Baltimore
45
Not Available
1
2
3
1.51
Boston
46
Not Available
1
7
4
2.72
New York
45
Not Available
4
4
3
1.83
Detroit
42
4
4
2
4
3.52
New York
50
3
7
4
6
2.34
Oakland
44
2
3
11
4
3.27
Oakland
43
4
5
9
1
2.08
New York
53
2
4
4
2
1.94
New York
43
5
4
7
4
1.38
Los Angeles
47
3
4
2
3
2.28
Seattle
40
8
2
6
1
1.38
Los Angeles
62
1
7
2
3
2.24
Minnesota
47
1
5
2
2
2.10
New York
44
4
2
3
3
1.76
Tampa Bay
45
0
3
3
2
1.73
Detroit
49
0
0
2
4
2.24
Baltimore
51
0
3
2
1
2.49
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In Chronological Order

Cincinnati
26
Not Available
Not Available
11
5
2.09
San Diego
35
Not Available
Not Available
8
9
2.99
San Diego
37
Not Available
Not Available
6
13
2.52
Chicago
37
Not Available
Not Available
6
6
2.22
San Diego
23
Not Available
Not Available
11
9
2.80
St. Louis
25
Not Available
Not Available
3
5
2.62
St. Louis
36
Not Available
Not Available
9
8
2.90
Philadelphia
25
Not Available
Not Available
8
4
2.26
St. Louis
45
Not Available
Not Available
5
7
1.54
Montreal
41
Not Available
Not Available
2
8
3.18
St. Louis
36
Not Available
Not Available
9
10
2.08
Philadelphia
40
Not Available
8
5
3
2.83
Cincinnati
39
Not Available
3
6
6
1.57
San Diego
44
Not Available
4
4
3
1.85
New York
33
Not Available
6
5
3
2.53
St. Louis
47
Not Available
6
6
3
2.34
St. Louis
43
Not Available
8
4
9
3.12
Chicago
53
Not Available
6
2
4
3.11
San Francisco
28
Not Available
0
2
4
2.77
St. Louis
36
Not Available
2
1
1
1.82
Cincinnati
44
Not Available
5
1
2
2.41
Cincinnati
42
Not Available
7
4
2
2.38
San Diego
53
Not Available
1
4
2
1.48
Houston
39
Not Available
3
4
1
1.57
Florida
45
0
4
5
6
4.24
New York
43
3
3
6
4
3.77
Atlanta
55
5
2
3
2
3.25
Los Angeles
55
2
0
2
3
1.20
Los Angeles
45
3
2
7
3
2.19
Washington
47
2
7
2
4
1.82
San Diego
46
0
5
0
2
2.14
Arizona
47
1
7
1
4
2.66
Philadelphia
41
0
0
2
0
1.95
San Diego
42
3
6
6
4
2.71
San Diego
47
5
3
6
1
1.93
Milwaukee
46
0
2
2
2
1.95
Atlanta
42
1
3
3
1
1.01
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Rollie Fingers of the Milwaukee Brewers had the lowest earned run average of any Rolaids Relief Award recipient ever — 1.04 and until 2003, Rod Beck was the only receipient with no blown saves (where data is actually available).

Bobby Thigpen of the Chicago White Sox had the most saves of any Rolaids Relief Award recipient ever with fifty-seven and details about that amazing season can be seen in our Fabulous Feats section.

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