His image problem may stem from a perception by fans in Cincinnati and New York that he blew more than his share of save opportunities. But is that true? Franco blew 101 saves in his career, meaning he converted 81% of his opportunities. The percentage for the three pitchers with more saves than Franco: Hoffman (89%), Rivera (89%), and Lee Smith (82%). The rest of the top ten in career saves rate this way in save percentage: Billy Wagner (86%), Dennis Eckersley (85%), Jeff Reardon (78%), Troy Percival (86%), Randy Myers (85%), and Rollie Fingers (76%). The farther back we go, the tougher it is to compare save percentages, as Fingers, Bruce Sutter, Sparky Lyle, Goose Gossage, and the rest of the 1970s era closers were being handed tougher save opportunities. Franco’s 82% conversion rate and his 138 ERA+ are better or comparable to his peers.