A four-time all star, Reardon pitched for 16 years in the majors, posting a 73-77 record with 367 saves and a 3.16 ERA. He first came up with the New York Mets in 1979 and was dealt to the Montreal Expos in 1981. His career took off in Montreal as he became the team’s closer and eventually one of the top firemen in baseball. He saved 26 games in 1982 and 21 in 1983. He led the National League with 41 saves in 1985 and earned his first trip to the All-Star Game while finishing seventh in the Cy Young vote. Reardon was an all star for the Expos in 1986, then was traded to the Minnesota Twins in 1987. He notched 31 saves that year, then had a career-high 42 saves in 1988, helping him to his third All-Star Game. Reardon eventually joined the Boston Red Sox where he saved 40 games in 1991 which earned him his fourth all-star selection. He went on to pitch for the Atlanta Braves, Cincinnati Reds and New York Yankees over the final two seasons of his career. Reardon retired in 1994.
Reardon was the closer for the Twins when they defeated the St. Louis Cardinals in the 1987 World Series. He pitched in four games and did not allow a run in 4-and-2/3 innings. He only got a save in the final game, where he took over for Frank Viola in the ninth inning and set the Cardinals down in order.
Reardon also pitched in two games of the 1992 World Series for the Atlanta Braves.
Reardon was briefly MLB’s all-time saves leader. He passed Rollie Fingers on the list in 1992. However, Lee Smith passed him the following season. Currently Reardon ranks 10th all time in saves.
Jeff Reardon – career stats