Hall-of-fame baseball writer Hal McCoy knows a thing or two about America’s pastime. If you’d like to tap into that knowledge, send a question to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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QUESTION OF THE WEEK
Q: Why does only the pitcher in the last inning get a save, even if another pitcher works the eighth inning with a lead and preserves it? — MIKE, CENTERVILLE
A: Sorry, one save per customer. By your reasoning, every pitcher who comes into a game when his team is leading should get a save. When a team wins, why not just give every pitcher who appears a win? Actually, there is a statistic for your scenario. It is called a “hold,” and that eighth-inning pitcher who preserves the lead gets the hold and the ninth-inning pitcher gets the “save.” There are so many stats out there now I’m waiting for a hard-luck pitcher who gets no run support to be awarded a “nice try.”