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Wednesday, 23 August 2017

A LOOK BACK: MCFADDEN'S LEGENDARY 78 CONSECUTIVE SAVES STREAK

ROSS & COBURN MAKE HISTORY, JOIN 500 SAVES CLUB

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Current Westbury and former long-time Knoxville closer Chris Ross, who was the Lumberkings full-time closer for 18 seasons prior to this season, (above) throws the final pitch of his 500th career SIMBL save in 2040 SIM 2 joining only six other pitchers to achieve the feat in the league's 36-season history.

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Long-time Calgary closer John Coburn, (above) in his 14th season as the full-time Clippers closer, makes SIMBL history in 2040 SIM 2 by joining only six other closers in league history to save 500 career games.

By Lance Stanley
SIMBL Contributor

More SIMBL history was made with the beginning of the league's 36th season of play.

Long-time SIMBL closers Chris Ross and John Coburn each became one of just seven players in league history to save 500 games.

Ross achieved his milestone on April 11, 2040 in a 5-1 win over Texas.

The 38 year-old Ross was a first round pick of the Calgary Clippers in 2019 but was traded to the Knoxville Lumberkings in a deal for eventual three-time Hurler Of The Year and SIMBL Hall Of Famer Vinny Corleone in a move that helped Calgary to the 2023 SIMBL championship.

Ross entered the SIMBL at age 20 in 2022 and became the Lumberkings' full-time closer in the 2026 season and spent 18 seasons with Knoxville before signing a two-year $16,000,000 contract with Westbury this past off-season. Ross is a 13-time All-Star, tied with Tony Aguilar and Dez Jordan for the second-most All-Star bids in the history of the league and only behind SIMBL Hall Of Famer Alan Alexander Anderson and Cedric Issacson's 14.

Calgary's long-time closer John Coburn also joined Ross on April 13, 2040 with his 500th career save against Cleveland in a 2-0 win.  Coburn was a second round pick, 61st overall, by Oregon in the 2021 SIMBL Draft and traded to the former Deer Lake Direwolves (now Norfolk Buccaneers) for closer Robert McFadden's whose 78-game save streak remains a SIMBL legendary record.

Coburn was obtained by Calgary in a trade with Deer Lake (now Norfolk Buccaneers) in 2027 for SP Christian Howard and immediately became the Clippers' full-time closer replacing eventual SIMBL Hall Of Famer Barrett Jenkins who left for Asheville in free agency after spending his first seven seasons in Calgary.

Coburn is a six-time All-Star who had a ten-season streak of 30+ saves from 2026-2035.  The 36 year-old is in his 17th SIMBL season and 14th as the Calgary closer.

Former long-time and current Boston closer Cedric Issacson holds the SIMBL record with 14 consecutive 30+ save seasons.  Former long-time Hawaii and current Bristol closer Todd Newell is second with 12. Calgary's John Coburn and Rochester's Otto Orf each have 10 consecutive 30+ save seasons.

The SIMBL New File Era (2019-current) has been blessed with several uber-Hall Of Fame-type closers in its time.  All of the 500+ Save Club are already enshrined or certainly will be inducted into the SIMBL Hall Of Fame.

Ross and Coburn are currently tied for 6th-place in league history with 501 career saves ten behind current San Diego closer Steven Pfleuger. Hall Of Famer Jenkins' 547 saves occupy fourth place and fellow SIMBL Hall Of Famer Willie Roger DeMarco holds third-place with his 580 career saves.

Current Las Vegas and former long-time Asheville closer Dez Jordan's 678 saves are two behind former long-time Las Vegas closer Cedric Issacson's 680 career saves currently as both long-toothed fireman still have gas in the tank before they are automatically inducted to the SIMBL Hall Of Fame upon their retirements.

Here's a current list of the SIMBL all-time saves leaders mixing the SIMBL First File Era (2005-2018) and the current SIMBL New File Era (2019-current) as of the 4/16/2040 league date:

50-Save Seasons In SIMBL History:

59 Juan Rivera Dallas 2022
54 Cedric Issacson Las Vegas 2028
53 Cedric Issacson San Diego 2033
53 Domingo Francisco New York 2037
53 William Randazzo Chicago 2018
53 Bill Hyer San Diego 2014
51 Keith Patterson Whitby 2025
50 Willie Roger DeMarco San Diego 2021
50 Richard Lynch Portland 2009
50 Cedric Issacson Las Vegas 2023
SIMBL All-Time Saves Streak:

78 Robert McFadden Sunnyvale 2019
57 Dez Jordan Asheville 2022
55 Juan Rivera Dallas 2024
49 Ron Orr Bristol 2023
48 Keith Patterson Whitby 2025
46 Aaron Bennett Columbus 2007
43 John Campbell Calgary 2009
SIMBL Career Saves List
As Of The 4/16/2040 League Date
1. 680 Cedric Issacson Las Vegas/San Diego/Boston 2021-2040 *
2. 678 Dez Jordan Asheville/Las Vegas 2019-2040 *
3. 580 Willie Roger DeMarco San Diego/Seattle 2019-2035 #
4. 547 Barrett Jenkins Calgary/Asheville/Bristol/Rochester 2019-2034 #
5. 511 Steven Pfleuger Sunnyvale/Deer Lake/Cleveland/Tampa Bay/Whitby/Dallas/San Diego 2021-2040 *
6. 501 John Coburn Deer Lake/Calgary 2024-2040 *
6. 501 Chris Ross Knoxville/Westbury 2022-2040 *
7. 461 Andrew Stephens Oregon/Dallas 2019-2030 #
8. 455 Todd Newell Hawaii/Bristol 2026-2040 *
9. 429 Bill Hyer San Diego/Lowell 2008-2018 #
10. 426 Frank Emery Asheville-Las Vegas 2005-2018

11. 412 Otto Orf Rochester 2028-2040 *
12. 403 Juan Carlos Bermudez Boston/San Diego/Hawaii 2024-2040 *
13. 383 Brian Studdard Bristol/Calgary/Las Vegas/New Orleans 2005-2018
14. 381 Kerry Powell Boston-Montreal-Westbury/Hawaii/Bellingham 2019-2035
15. 358 John Campbell Calgary/San Diego/Carolina 2007-2018
16. 350 Matthew Chow Boston 2005-2017
18. 333 Scott Williams Seattle/Texas/Westbury 2024-2039
19. 329 John Raynor Sacramento/Hollywood 2024-2036
20. 323 Santiago Rivera Cleveland 2030-2040 *

309 Dontrelle Jackson Texas/Seattle/Hawaii 2019-2032
307 Luis Castro Whitby/Calgary 2029-2040 *
306 Jim Bentley Toronto 2027-2040 *
304 Juan Rivera Sunnyale/Dallas 2019-2027
300 Andrew Steele New York/Las Vegas 2019-2027 #
 
SIMBL LEAGUE DATE:
5/21/2040
36th Season Of Play
File Updated: 8/21/2017
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8/21/2017

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