Phillies’ Craig Kimbrell records 400 career saves, becoming the eighth major league player to hit a field goal

Philadelphia Phillies closer Craig Kimbrel scored his 400th career hit only Friday against the Atlanta Braves, becoming the eighth player in major league history to accomplish the feat. Here’s what you need to know:

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Kimbrel, who turns 35 on Sunday, completed a one-year, $10 million deal with the Phillies in January after a season with the Los Angeles Dodgers in which he posted a 3.75 ERA through 60 innings pitched. Despite their struggles in the latter part of 2022, the Phillies made Kimbrill their highest-paid bullpen for 2023.

Through 18 innings for Philadelphia this year, Kimbrel’s has a 6.00 ERA and 1.33 WHIP with 30 strikeouts.

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Phillies manager Rob Thomson earlier this week spoke about Kimbrel’s achievement:

“You know, 400 saves, there are eight guys in the history of the sport who’ve done that. He’s pretty huge. It’s just a testament to his work ethic and his health and his toughness. I mean, it’s hard to get any closer. Everyone goes through a recession, we all know. And I’m sure “He’s had times in his career where he didn’t feel like he could take anyone out. When you’re in the ninth inning, you’re in the spotlight. The lights are shining on you. You’ve got to have some toughness to be able to do that and be able to come back the next day.”

“It was really great to get to know him and understand what kind of professional he is. How he approaches his work, his work ethic and how he helps the younger players. He was a really great teammate and guys to be around.”

On Kimbrel’s performance this season: “It’s unbelievable. My jump speed. My break is better because of the speed. He was just so dominant.”

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