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The Best Lefthanded Batters and Lefthanded Pitchers in Baseball

All-Time Best Lefthanded Relief Pitchers

Billy Wagner ranks 6th on the all-time list of saves with 422.  Wagner pitched 16 years in the major leagues (1995 to 2010), the first 9 years with Houston, then 2 years with Philadelphia, 4 years with the New York Mets, followed by 1 year each with Boston and Atlanta.

Wagner made the All-Star team 7 times.  He finished his career with 47 wins, 40 losses, and a 2.31 ERA.  He struck out 1196 batters, and gave up only 601 hits and 300 walks in 903 innings over 853 games.

The top four pitchers in saves for their career were all righthanded pitchers.  Mariano Rivera is 1st with 652 saves, Trevor Hoffman is 2nd with 601 saves, Lee Smith is 3rd with 478 saves, and then  Francisco Rodriguez is 4th with 437 saves.  Then comes the first two lefthanders...

Career Leaders in Saves - Lefthanded

#5     John Franco pitched 21 years and had 424 saves

#6     Billy Wagner pitched 16 years and had 422 saves

#12   Randy Myers pitched 14 years and had 347 saves

#36   Dave Righetti pitched 16 years and had 252 saves

#38   Sparky Lyle pitched 16 years and had 238 saves

#40   Aroldis Chapman has pitched 9 years and has 236 saves (so far)

#48   Brian Fuentes pitched 12 years and had 204 saves

#52   Mitch Williams pitched 11 years and had 192 saves

#58   Eddie Guardado pitched 17 years and had 187 saves

#65   Tug McGraw pitched 19 years and had 180 saves

#66   Ron Perranoski pitched 13 years and had 178 saves

#77   Dan Plesac pitched 158 years and had 158 saves

#86   Willie Hernandez pitched 13 years and had 147 saves

#87   Jesse Orosco pitched 24 years and had 144 saves

#92   Darold Knowles pitched 16 years and had 143 saves

#94   Zach Britton has pitched 8 years and has 142 saves (so far)

#99   Gary Lavelle pitched 13 years and had 136 saves

#100  Jim Brewer pitched 17 years and had 133 saves



John Franco ranks 5th on the all-time list of saves with 424.  Franco pitched 21 years in the major leagues, the first 6 years with Cincinnati, then 14 years with the New York Mets, before finishing his career with 1 year in Houston. 

Franco made the All-Star team 4 times.  He finished his career with 90 wins, 87 losses, and a 2.89 ERA.  He struck out 975 batters, and gave up 1166 hits and 495 walks, in 1245 innings over 1119 games.