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What ia considered to be the minimum acceptable rate of Converting Saves for closers?

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  • What ia considered to be the minimum acceptable rate of Converting Saves for closers?

    I wonder if a concrete number has ever been established for the minimum acceptable rate of converting Save Opportunities for closers.
    I'm guessing about 85%. That's 34 Saves in 40 opportunities, with 6 Blown Saves. Am I close in this "Guesstimate" or is the cutoff point higher or lower?
    To put it another way at what point is a closer likely to be replaced, traded or downgraded to a Set-Up Man? A 95 % rate would be very good, and probably put a player on an all-star team, but what rate is merely acceptable and at what point does a closer's Save Conversion rate become unacceptable?
    Your opinions please. If anyone has actually done statistical research on this topic please share some of your results.

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    to know that we probably need to know the league average for successfull outings in save situations. anyone know it?
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    • #3
      The league average was 70% this year. It looks like 80% to 85% is about as low as you want to be in order to keep a job as a closer.
      http://www.baseball-reference.com/le...pitching.shtml

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      • #4
        Originally posted by ipitch View Post
        The league average was 70% this year. It looks like 80% to 85% is about as low as you want to be in order to keep a job as a closer.
        http://www.baseball-reference.com/le...pitching.shtml
        Good lord. It's worse than I thought.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by ipitch View Post
          The league average was 70% this year. It looks like 80% to 85% is about as low as you want to be in order to keep a job as a closer.
          http://www.baseball-reference.com/le...pitching.shtml
          RE: MLB average of 70% Success Rate in Save Opportunitie in 2012.
          If a team has a 70% success rate in Save Opportunities then that probably results from the manager experimenting (out of neccessity) with a number of pitchers in the closer's role. I'm guessing that somewhere in the 80s percent range is an acceptable Save rate for one individual to remain a closer.

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