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10/02/2004 Archived Entry: "MLB news: Hoffman moves to No. 3 on saves list"
By Michael Toeset
KEVIN MILLAR hit his 100th career home run on Sept. 15. Millar has been a steady player the past couple of years, but the numbers he puts up pale in comparison to other first basemen and outfielders. Millarís best homer season was last year when he slugged 25.
MIKE FETTERS, a one-time closer, got save No. 100 on Sept. 16. Fetters hasnít recorded save numbers in the double digits since 1996, but he still occasionally gets a save opportunity (he has one save in one chance this season). The 40-year-old isnít all that effective anymore Ė he has an 8.68 ERA in 23 games Ė so itís likely his saves total will stay at 100.
In the innings department, we have several pitchers hitting big marks. DAVID WELLS got to 3,000 on Sept. 18, and he was followed by MARK MULDER reaching 1,000 on Sept. 26, JASON JOHNSON hitting 1,000 on Sept. 29 and MIKE HAMPTON reaching 2,000 on Oct. 1.
TREVOR HOFFMAN moved up the all-time saves list on Sept. 18, earning No. 391 and bumping him to third, ahead of Hall-of-Famer Dennis Eckersley. Hoffman is quietly having a sensational season, posting a 2.30 ERA, 41 saves and a 0.91 WHIP in 55 games. If Hoffman hadnít been sidelined last year, he would likely be at No. 2 right now, but as it is, heís 32 saves away from moving to No. 2, passing John Franco. No. 1 Lee Smith isnít too far off, either, with 478 saves.
JEFF BAGWELL reached two milestones on Sept. 18, and oddly enough, they were the same number, a feat rarely if ever accomplished. On that day, Bagwell scored his 1,500th run and drove in his 1,500th run. The equality of those numbers proves what a complete package Bagwell has been, as heís more than just an RBI machine.
TODD ZEILE got his 2,000th hit on Sept. 19. Zeile has only logged 341 at-bats this season, and his average the past two seasons has hovered around the Mendoza line, so, like Fetters, he probably wonít advance much more up his respective list.
DMITRI YOUNG and ALBERT PUJOLS both reached 500 RBI in September, although Pujols reached that milestone in much less time. Young reached the mark on Sept. 20, and Pujols got there Sept. 26.
COREY KOSKIE hit his 100th home run on Sept. 20. He currently has 25 homers and needs just two more to break his single-season mark.
The great BARRY BONDS keeps moving to the top of career lists, and he advanced in two categories recently. On Sept. 21, he drove in run No. 1,840, moving him to 12th place all-time, passing Ted Williams. He currently has 1,843, needing only two more to move to No. 11 past Carl Yastrzemski. On Sept. 23, Bonds moved up the runs list, scoring for the 2,063rd time and moving to No. 6 on the list past none other than his godfather, Willie Mays. Bonds wonít move up anymore this season, but next year heíll have Pete Rose, Babe Ruth and Hank Aaron in his sights.
Moving up the homer lists recently were SAMMY SOSA and RAFAEL PALMEIRO. Palmeiro moved to No. 9 with home run 549, and Sosa moved to tie for No. 7 with Harmon Killebrew with his 573rd homer. The career homers list, as of Friday:
Hank Aaron 755
Babe Ruth 714
Barry Bonds 703
Willie Mays 660
Frank Robinson 586
Mark McGwire 583
Harmon Killebrew 573
Sammy Sosa 573
Reggie Jackson 563
Rafael Palmeiro 551
BERNIE WILLIAMS hit his 400th double on Sept. 24. Williams has never had a 40-double season, but he has routinely been in the 30s, and this season he has 29.
RUSS ORTIZ got strikeout No. 1,000 on Sept. 24. His season high is 169, set in 2001.
JEFF KENT homered for the 300th time on Sept. 29. He has 25 homers and 103 RBI this season.
JON LIEBER got win No. 100 on Sept. 29. He has 14 wins this season, his second-best total; he won 20 games in 2001.
IVAN RODRIGUEZ collected RBI No. 1,000 on Oct. 1. Rodriguez keeps moving up the catchersí numbers lists, and by the time heís through, he may well be regarded as the top catcher of all time.
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