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Jun 21

Former Nats Fireman Cordero Retires from Baseball

Former Nats closer, Chad Cordero announced his retirement yesterday. For most Nationals fans Cordero was known as the Chief and he was the charismatic closer for the Expos/Nats from 2003 to 2008. The Chief was always one of the most popular players when he was with the Washington Nationals. During his days in Washington,

Cordero was one of the most dominating closer in the majors. His breakout season was in 2005 with the Nationals. During the 2005 season Cordero made the National League All-Star team and led all national league closers with 47 saves.

The name, Chad Cordero will live on for a long time in the Washington Baseball record books. Both his 47 saves for the Nationals in 2005 and his 113 career saves with the Nats will go down as the most by any Washington pitchers in history.

Number of Saves – All Time with Washington
1 Chad Cordero 113
2 Firpo Marberry 96
3 Ron Kline 83
4 Darold Knowles 60
5 Walter Johnson 34
Top 10 Single Seasons – Saves
Name SV Year Team League
1 Chad Cordero 47 2005 Nationals National
2 Chad Cordero 37 2007 Nationals National
3 Ron Kline 29 1965 Senators American
4 Chad Cordero 29 2006 Nationals National
5 Darold Knowles 27 1970 Senators American