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Kimbrel quickest to reach 250 saves in MLB history

Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Boston Red Sox reliever Craig Kimbrel became the quickest closer in major-league history to reach 250 saves, converting his 25th of the year Sunday against the Toronto Blue Jays.

The 28-year-old recorded 250 career saves in 403 appearances, which is the fastest since former Red Sox Jonathan Papelbon, who previously held the record (250 saves in 451 appearances).

Kimbrel, a five-time All-Star, led the majors in saves from 2011 to 2014 and is currently sixth on the active all-time saves list.

Closer Age Team All-time saves
Francisco Rodriguez 34 Tigers 426
Joe Nathan 41 Giants 377
Jonathan Papelbon 36 FA 368
Huston Street 32 Angels 324
Fernando Rodney 39 Marlins 261
Craig Kimbrel 28 Red Sox 250

Kimbrel has 25 saves for the Red Sox this season with a 2.71 ERA and 71 strikeouts.

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