Cleveland Indians all-time saves leader Cody Allen retires

Aug 8, 2018; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Cody Allen (37) throws a pitch during the ninth inning against the Minnesota Twins at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Former Cleveland closer Cody Allen has retired, the team announced Wednesday.

The 32-year-old Allen is the franchise’s all-time leader with 149 saves. He pitched for the Indians from 2012-18.

“From a 23rd round draft pick to the franchise saves Crown. Congrats on a great career, Cody. Happy Retirement,” the team said on Twitter.

The right-handed Allen had 24 or more saves in five straight seasons between 2014-18, posting 30 or more three times. He had a career-best 34 in 2015.

Allen had 32 saves in 2016, a season that saw the Indians reach the World Series before falling in seven games to the Chicago Cubs.

He was superb in the 2016 postseason and didn’t allow a single run in 13 2/3 innings over 10 appearances. Allen struck out 24 while allowing eight hits and five walks as he recorded six saves.

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Allen spent the 2019 season with the Los Angeles Angels and struggled badly as he went 0-2 with a 6.26 ERA in 25 appearances.

In 2020, he was signed and later released by the Texas Rangers on July 24. The Cubs signed Allen a week later and released him in early September.

Overall, Allen was 24-31 with a 3.14 ERA and 153 saves in 481 career appearances over eight seasons (2012-19).

Allen played college baseball at UCF before becoming the Indians’ 23rd-round pick in 2011.

–Field Level Media