- Rolaids Relief Man of the Year Award
Major League Baseball, the Rolaids Relief Man of the Year Award, first awarded in by|1976, is a distinction given to the top relief pitcherin each league at the end of each season. Unlike other honors such as the Cy Young Awardor Most Valuable Player Award, the Relief Man of the Year award is based objectively on statistical performance, rather than subjective opinion.
A reliever is given 2 points for a win, 3 points for a save and -2 points for a loss. Beginning in by|1987, the statistic of a
blown savehas counted as -2 points. In by|2000, Rolaids began awarding 4 points for a so-called "tough save" when a reliever enters a game with the tying run already on base and gets the save. The reliever with the highest score at the end of the season is given the award. Dan Quisenberryhas won the most awards with 5. Rollie Fingers, Bruce Sutterand Mariano Riverahave all won 4.
As indicated by its name, the award is sponsored by
Rolaids, whose slogan is "R-O-L-A-I-D-S spells relief." Because the first closers were nicknamed "firemen," a reference to "putting out the fire" of another team's rally, the trophy is a gold-plated firefighter's helmet.__NOTOC__
List of Rolaids Relief Men of the Year
American League (1976-present)
National League (1976-present)
* [http://www.rolaidsreliefman.com Official Rolaids Relief Man Award Site]
* [http://www.mlb.com/NASApp/mlb/mlb/news/mlb_news.jsp?ymd=20020515&content_id=25864&vkey=news_mlb&fext=.jsp History of the award from MLB.com]
* [http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/stats/rolaids Rolaids Relief Award Standings from ESPN]
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