Doug Jones sets consecutive saves record – 1989 Topps
Less than a year after permanently ending his decade-long minor league career, Cleveland Indians reliever Doug Jones put his name in major league baseball’s record books.
Jones successfully converted 15 consecutive save opportunities for the Indians. On his 31st birthday, Jones set the major league record with his 14th consecutive save in 14 appearances against the New York Yankees on June 24, 1988.
The new mark surpassed the previous record of 13 consecutive saves by Philadelphia Phillies; closer Steve Bedrosian in 1987.
Jones went on to extended the record with his 15th save in as many appearances on July 2. 1988 at old Cleveland Municipal Stadium in a 10-7 win over the Seattle Mariners.
The current consecutive save record has left Jones’ mark in the dust. Éric Gagné holds the record with 84 consecutive saves from Aug. 28, 2002 to July 3, 2004
Jones managed to find success with a slow, yet tricky change-up and an above average fastball. The 1988 season was the start of three consecutive all-star selections for the closer.
Jones, who was named of the Top 100 Greatest Indians by the club, holds the Tribe’s career saves record with 129. From 1988-90, he totaled 112 saves and a 2.40 ERA. In 295 games with the Indians, he struck out 357 batters and walked 104 in 452.1 innings.
By the 1991 season, Jones started to struggle and was not offered a contract extension by Cleveland.
He signed with the Houston Astros for the 1992 season and used the cavernous Astrodome to his advantage. In his finest season as a professional, he recorded 36 saves with a 1.85 ERA and 93 strikeouts in 111 2/3 innings.
Jones bounced between six teams, including a return to the Indians in 1998, until 2000 when he retired as a member of the Oakland A’s. His career ended with 303 saves. Before he retired at the age of 43-years old, he was the oldest active player in the major leagues.