A statistical note: Rhodes arrived in the majors as a highly touted starting pitcher, and proceeded to rack up a 5.81 ERA in 61 major-league starts before going to the bullpen for good. In 1994, he went 3-5 with a 5.81 (also) ERA; oddly, two of his three wins were shutouts.
Another statistical note: According to this page, Rhodes is all-time leader in HOLDS, which would be just slightly more impressive if a) someone figured Holds for all of history, and b) anyone gave a tinker’s damn about Holds.
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Maybe nobody will ever give a tinker’s damn, but we might give a damn if some dunderhead hadn’t decided, so many years ago, to award holds to pitchers who didn’t record even a single out. Yes, every statistic has its issues, but there’s just no excuse for not getting this simple thing right.
Anyway, best wishes to Arthur Rhodes on a peaceful retirement. He was a first-time All-Star at 40, first-time ring-winner at 41, and champion Holder.