Joe Nathan '97 earns 300th career MLB save

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April 9, 2013

Arlington, Texas - Stony Brook Athletics Hall of Famer and baseball great Joe Nathan '97, the program's first player to ever reach the Major Leagues, reached a milestone Monday night when he became just the 24th player in MLB history to record 300 career saves. The 38-year old righthander picked up No. 300 in the Texas Rangers' 5-4 win over the Tampa Bay Rays at the Ballpark in Arlington.

Nathan, who donated the lead gift for the construction of Joe Nathan Field, the new home of the Stony Brook baseball team, is in his 13th season in the Major Leagues and has been one of the most dominant closers of all-time. In his career, he sports a 2.86 ERA and 844 strikeouts in 798 innings pitched. He is a five-time all-star and has appeared in postseason five times. He has twice finished in the top five of the Cy Young Award voting.

Nathan is the second leading active saves leader, behind only Mariano Rivera. Nathan does boast the highest career save percentage among closers with at least 210 chances. Nathan has saved 300 of his 335 chances, good for an 89.55 percent rate.

Nathan was a two-time Academic All-American at Stony Brook and hit .378 in his time with the Seawolves and was also inducted into the Stony Brook Athletics Hall of Fame on Dec. 6, 2006, when he became the first former Stony Brook student-athlete to have his number retired.

Career MLB Save Leaders (courtesy Baseball-Reference.com)