Jim Johnson on his way to record?

Jim Johnson on his way to record?
August 15, 2013, 12:00 am
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Even before Jim Johnson blew yet another save on Wednesday, frustrated Orioles fans were ready to pull the plug on him as the closer. But Buck Showalter apparently has a pretty long extension cord.

"Am I going to sit Adam Jones because he had a rough day today?" Showalter told the media after the game. "I as a manager can't live in that world. We've got a lot of pieces in the chain that have to work, and every club does. And I'll be the first guy to make adjustments if they need to be made, but there's a lot of things that we've got to shore up besides that."

Johnson has nine blown saves this season. The major-league record, for those of you scoring at home, is 14, shared by four players: Rollie Fingers (A’s) in 1976, Bruce Sutter (Cubs) in 1978, Bob Stanley (Red Sox) in 1983 and Ron Davis (Twins) in 1984.

For what it’s worth, the first two pitchers on that list would make anyone’s ratings of the top closers of all time. And also for what it’s worth, Fingers and Sutter came back from their ignominious record seasons to lead the league in saves — Fingers three times, Sutter five times.