Papelbon’s Legacy in Philly – Phillies Nation

Papelbon’s Legacy in Philly


Love him, or hate him, Jonathan Papelbon is quietly having one of the best seasons of his career, and is climbing the ranks on the Phillies’ all-time closers list.

Last night, Papelbon converted his 33rd save on the season, and his 100th save overall in a Phillies’ uniform, which ties him with Brad Lidge for 4th all-time in Phillies’ history. Since signing a 4-year, $50 million deal with the Phillies back in November of 2011, Papelbon has been great despite a “down” year last year when he only recorded 29 saves in 36 opportunities while posting a 2.92 ERA and a 1.135 WHIP.

This season, Papelbon has truly been “lights out.” His 33 saves ranks 9th in MLB, while his ERA (1.60) ranks 2nd among closers with 20+ saves, and his 2.9 WAR is tied for first among all closers.

Since giving up three ERs against the Giants back on July 23rd, Pap has been almost untouchable, giving up just one ER, while recording 10 saves and 17 strikeouts in 15 innings pitched over that stretch.

Papelbon’s best season in terms of ERA came back in 2006 with the Red Sox. That season, Papelbon finished with a .92 ERA while converting 35 of 41 save opportunities. His career high in saves came back in 2008, when he saved 41 games in 46 opportunities with the Red Sox while posting a 2.34 ERA


This year, Papelbon is having a hybrid of his 2006 and 2008 seasons, and it is resulting in one of the best seasons of his career. With 29 games left to play, Papelbon could set a new career high in saves if he is able to record nine more.

At age 33, Papelbon’s fastball velocity is not what it used to be, but he has been able to consistently hit 92-93 with his fastball, and has utilized his breaking pitches effectively. He has learned to become more of a pitcher this season instead of relying on a 95+ fastball to blow by hitters. This is proven by his strikeouts. With only 54 SO in 56.1 innings pitched this season, Pap is on pace to finish with his 2nd lowest number of SO in a full season.

It seems like he has finally adjusted. Pretty nicely I might add.

So where does this leave Papelbon on the all-time Phillies’ closers list? Pretty high.

With his 100th save in a Phillies’ uniform last night, Papelbon is now only 12 behind Jose Mesa’s franchise high 112 saves. With one year still left on his 4-year contract, Papelbon will be the Phillies’ all-time leader in saves when it is all said and done. However, what will his legacy be in the minds of Philadelphia fans? His attitude, and some of the things that have come out of his mouth have rubbed some fans the wrong way during his time in Philadelphia. Love him, or hate him, Papelbon is having one whale of a season, and could very well be the best closer in Phillies’ history when his time in Philadelphia comes to an end.




  1. Lefty

    August 27, 2014 at 4:12 pm

    Is it Papelbon that’s having a great season or is it his alter ego “Cinco-Ocho”. And which one leaves a legacy?

    • Fake Billy Beane

      August 28, 2014 at 3:11 pm

      It’s Papelbon.

      he’s one of the best if not the best relief pitcher in phillies history.

      also a great competitor and very underappreciated by the Phillies fans.

      • Paul

        August 31, 2014 at 1:46 am

        I would argue he is under appreciated due to his demeanor last season. He should have known not to open his mouth in Philly- there is no forgiveness.

  2. 64 survivor

    August 27, 2014 at 4:55 pm

    Lets give credit where it is due. Most of us (yes I include myself) labeled him as washed up in early April. He absolutely has reinvented himself which is something that Brad Lidge was never able to do !

  3. bacardipr05

    August 27, 2014 at 5:06 pm

    He’s had a amazing year for us. I dont hate him like some do. I actually think he’s been pretty calm giving the stat of affairs for the Phils. I wouldnt be surprised if he demands to be traded in the offseason and force Rube to work something out.. It always seems Amaro holds on to these players one year too long.

  4. Jim Ittenbach

    August 27, 2014 at 7:11 pm

    When he signed his contract with us we had just finished a season where we had the most wins in baseball. You can’t blame him for being disappointed by the team, aren’t we all? Even though he has said some uncomplimentary things but he has still performed at a very high level. Many disgruntled players begin to not care. He still does and that is probably a source of the frustration we see sometimes. It seems others are complaining more than him and they don’t have a good reason.

  5. Hogey's Role

    August 27, 2014 at 7:46 pm

    I am more impressed with the fact that when he blew up in early April, he said he has to reinvent himself and he had stuff to work on… Not only did he realize there was a problem but he worked at it and turned it right around, that’s extremely impressive in my eyes, good for him…

  6. Lefty

    August 27, 2014 at 7:47 pm

    Oh Kyle Kyle Kyle. Pretend its the fourth inning for crying out loud.

  7. Lefty

    August 27, 2014 at 7:49 pm

    Gameday #133 Natinals vs Phillies

  8. Tracey

    August 27, 2014 at 7:55 pm

    It’s become a BYOG blog: Bring Your Own Gameday.

  9. Tracey

    August 27, 2014 at 7:56 pm

    Why do I get the feeling we’re not going to sweep this series?

  10. Lefty

    August 27, 2014 at 7:59 pm

    Tracey I sent a private message to you through PN, but I dont know if that feature of the site still works. Did you get it?

    • Tracey

      August 27, 2014 at 8:02 pm

      I don’t know how or if that feature works. I’ll see if I can find it…

    • Tracey

      August 27, 2014 at 8:02 pm

      Ah, that’s what the blue dot up top means. 😀

  11. Tracey

    August 27, 2014 at 8:01 pm

    Or maybe we do have a chance!!

  12. Lefty

    August 27, 2014 at 8:03 pm

    Jimmy, Chase, and Howard dont think Fister is that tough.

    • Phil

      August 28, 2014 at 11:24 am

      Fister didn’t show me anything.

  13. Tracey

    August 27, 2014 at 8:13 pm

    Reply sent. You should see a blue dot up near the “Howdy” at the top.

  14. Tracey

    August 27, 2014 at 8:15 pm

    Hee hee. Taney is in the Hall of Fame! The 200 level “Hall of Fame Club” seats, that is.

  15. Tracey

    August 27, 2014 at 8:26 pm

    I watched some of that Taney parade today online. They really overdid it. Those poor 10-13 year olds will never have any experience in their lives to match their not-quite-victory, which means the rest of their lives will be a big let-down.

    • schmenkman

      August 27, 2014 at 9:44 pm

      Well, that’s one way to look at it.

  16. Tracey

    August 27, 2014 at 8:32 pm

    Hmn… he’s supposed to stop giving up runs after the first…

  17. Tracey

    August 27, 2014 at 8:40 pm

    Ouch… TV just pointed out that this is the first time in more than a year that the Phils have won three series in a row.

    • Lefty

      August 27, 2014 at 8:57 pm

      I dont get the home feed whenever they play Baltimore or Washington. Let me know when they say something something silly. I near

  18. Lefty

    August 27, 2014 at 9:35 pm

    56 RBI for Brown. Just like Howard, Brown’s still driving in runs despite a bad year.

    • schmenkman

      August 27, 2014 at 9:46 pm

      Following up on yesterday’s Howard-Revere discussion, Dom Brown leads the team in the percentage of baserunners driven in, at 17.3%.

      • Lefty

        August 27, 2014 at 9:54 pm

        56 on only 91 hits so he’s been plenty lucky I guess.

      • schmenkman

        August 27, 2014 at 9:58 pm

        Old timers call it clutch, but tomayto, tomahto.

  19. Lefty

    August 27, 2014 at 9:37 pm

    And just that fast he runs into an out.

  20. Lefty

    August 27, 2014 at 9:39 pm

    Size it up!

  21. Lefty

    August 27, 2014 at 9:42 pm

    Good thing Ben covered up, that could have been his head.

  22. Lefty

    August 27, 2014 at 9:58 pm

    It looks to me like they better check Ben’s elbow out after the game. The way he’s holding it after that throw.

  23. Lefty

    August 27, 2014 at 10:03 pm

    We’re having fun now!

  24. Andrew from waldorf

    August 27, 2014 at 10:51 pm

    Winner winner
    Chicken dinner

    Mets lose too

    1 game behind the Mets

    Go Phillies!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  25. betasigmadeltashag

    August 28, 2014 at 1:24 am

    I know I start all my post with this complaint. But what is up with this site. Just because they aren’t in a pennant race, there is no excuse for not keeping up with the post. No game day post no wrap up. And a new post maybe every other day if we are lucky.
    And you wonder why the city gets a reputation of band wagon fans. Not that those who post on here fit this assumption. But there is a reason why others look at Philly Phans as front runners. When the “Official” Blog of the Phillies can not care enough to keep up with the team

    • Chuck A.

      August 28, 2014 at 8:17 am

      I didn’t realize that this was the “official blog of the Phillies” (There ARE other blogs that might just dispute that claim.). And so what if there’s not a Gameday post for every game. It’s not like the site is shut down or anything. You can still register your comments.

      • betasigmadeltashag

        August 28, 2014 at 4:57 pm

        My point being when they were contending and winning the division there was 2-3 post a day to comment on and they never missed a game day or wrap up post. So that correlation brings on the assumption there are a lot of front running fans.

  26. Bart Shart

    August 28, 2014 at 1:27 pm

    Papelbon is a potential HOF relief pitcher, and he still has plenty in the tank. He has earned the right to be arrogant, in my opinion.

  27. Lefty

    August 29, 2014 at 8:48 am

    The Tigers need Papelbon desperately, as Joe Nathan continues to struggle nearly every time out to get his saves, and they recently they missed out on their claim of Chad Qualls. (yes, that Chad Qualls, who is somehow now the closer for the Astros)

    There is very little time left and an excellent opportunity presents itself! What good is a superb closer going to do for this club in the next few years? They should make an all out push to land a couple youngsters and rid themselves of that insane salary. The Tigers have shown to be willing to pay high salaries for results, and Papelbon can give them just that.

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