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Craig Kimbrel Becomes 8th Pitcher in MLB History to Record 400 Saves

Craig Kimbrel has been on fire since joining the Philadelphia Phillies earlier this year, and his latest game was quite historic. He reached his 400th save against the Atlanta Braves on Friday, becoming the eighth pitcher in MLB history to achieve this milestone. This win is somewhat of a full-circle moment for Kimbrel, who actually kicked off his career with the Braves. He spent four years with this team and recorded 186 of his 400 saves with the franchise before being traded to the San Diego Padres. He later went on to play for everyone from the Boston Red Sox to the LA Dodgers. Kimbrel said he was happy to reach this historic milestone in Atlanta and celebrate it with his family. “The majority of my family was here to see it. Getting to take it in and enjoy it with them is great. The first thing was like, ‘Whew, glad he hit that ball to third base and didn’t hit it out.’ But then it was, ‘OK, the game’s over, let’s enjoy it,’” said Kimbrel post-game. In addition to becoming the eighth player in MLB history with 400 saves, Kimbrel is also the third-fastest pitcher to reach this number, behind Mariano Rivera and Trevor Hoffman.