84 Straight Saves
The save didn’t become an official statistic until 1969, so it doesn’t have the history or stature bestowed on many other baseball records. But that doesn’t make Eric Gagne's record of 84 consecutive saves any less impressive.
Between Aug. 26, 2002 and July 5, 2004, the Dodgers' closer converted every save opportunity, including the entire 2003 season without a blown save. Here are just a few stats to show Gagne's utter dominance during the streak:
* 0.82 ERA
* 14.3 strikeouts per nine innings
* Yielded just three home runs
* Only once did he allow the tying run to reach third base
* He inherited 23 base-runners and none scored
If those numbers aren’t staggering enough, consider second on the list for consecutive saves is Tom Gordon with 54. And now you understand that when the scoreboard flashed “Game Over” at Dodger Stadium when Gagne came out from the bullpen it was not hyperbole – it was fact.