Jerome Holtzman, 2002 in Baseball Digest: "I invented the first formula for saves in 1960, in my fourth season as a baseball beat writer. At that time there were only two stats to measure the effectiveness of a reliever: earned run average and the win-loss record. Neither was an appropriate measure of a reliever's effectiveness.
- Holtzman did not invent the 'save stat' used to publicize regular season 'saves' today. His rule was:
- tying or winning run had to be on base.
With this statement, Holtzman assumes a 'save' stat seeker would at times enter a game
- to the previous pitcher;"...
- put there by an earlier pitcher.
- Add to that another layer of difficulty:
(Holtzman): "Initially, to earn a save
The following season, the degree of difficulty lessened:
- and finish the game with the lead.
It is a mistake to credit or blame Jerome Holtzman with today's scenario focused solely on the regular season total save stat.