Fernando Rodney recorded one out in Wednesday's season-ending, 4-1 win over the Orioles, clinching the lowest ERA in major-league history for a relief pitcher with at least 60 innings pitched.
Rodney's microscopic 0.60 ERA bests Dennis Eckersley's 1990 0.61 mark by one one-hundredth of a point. Needless to say, it's an out-of-nowhere achievement for the 35-year-old righty, who entered 2012 the owner of a career 4.29 ERA through 419 appearances and 430 innings pitched. He also finishes the season with a career-best 48 saves, 0.78 WHIP and 76/15 K/BB ratio across 74 2/3 frames. Rodney should be in the thick of the American League Cy Young award race, but is unlikely to come home with the hardware.