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Postby nkeitt » Fri May 10, 2002 11:51 am

What does it mean for a pitcher to earn a hold (and I don't mean a cuddle from an adoring fan)?

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Postby Arlo » Fri May 10, 2002 2:28 pm

Good question, and one that unfortunately has two answers:

STATS, Inc. credits a hold when a pitcher enters a game in a save situation, records at least one out, and exits the game while there is still a save situation. Basically, a pitcher does the same job as a pitcher earning a save, but pitches before the eventual closer who gets the last out.

The problem is that SportsTicker (later) created its own definition: a pitcher has to enter and leave the game with a save situation in effect, but doesn't need to get any outs. In effect, a pitcher can enter a game with a two-run lead, toss a meatball that is hit for a solo homer, leave the game and earn a hold.

Confusing? Yes. Some stat services now mix these definitions, leading to players more or less randomly listed with two different holds totals...

Seems like time for MLB to step in...
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Postby nkeitt » Fri May 10, 2002 3:52 pm

As long as J.C. Romero keeps getting them and helping me in my league, I don't really mind how confusing it is! But you're right, especially since fantasy and rotisserie leagues are now a big part of how the public engages in baseball, it would be in MLB's best interest to start keeping an official stat on holds.

Though somehow I doubt we'll see some middle reliever inducted into Cooperstown one day as the "master of the hold"...

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