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Allen Ties the Indians Franchise Mark for Saves; Where Does He Rank Among Tribe Closers?

3. Bob Wickman

The player currently tied with Cody Allen for the most saves in franchise history came to the team in a seven-player trade between the Brewers and Indians during the 2000 season.

He took over the closer role right away, and saved 14 games in his first season with the Indians, and held the job as closer over the next five seasons until he was sent to the Atlanta Braves in 2006, the season he became the Indians’ all-time franchise leader in saved games with 130,

Wickman’s 45 saves on the season in 2005 is tied for second-best in team history, and in his time with the Tribe went 8-16 with a 3.23 ERA.

He wasn’t as dominant as some would have liked, but he was very good and was an All-Star with the Indians in the 2005 season.

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Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.

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