Rolaids Relief Man Award

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.

"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)
American League Rolaids Relief Man Award

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In Chronological Order

Year
Name
Team
Saves
Tough Saves
Blown Saves
Wins
Losses
ERA

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
2013

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Year
Name
Team
Saves
Tough Saves
Blown Saves
Wins
Losses
ERA

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In Chronological Order

Year
Name
Team
Saves
Tough Saves
Blown Saves
Wins
Losses
ERA

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
2013

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Year
Name
Team
Saves
Tough Saves
Blown Saves
Wins
Losses
ERA

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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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