A pitching statistic in baseball credited to pitchers who come in to the game in relief of the starting pitcher in a save situation, they have recorded at least one out and they leave the game before it has ended not having given up the lead. A Hold is a measure of the effectiveness of relief pitchers who don't often finish games but get into games during save opportunities.
Firstly, the reliever cannot receive the win (W) and a hold, the win takes precedent. The pitcher must also have either: Entered the game with a lead of no more than three runs and pitched a full inning, Come into the game no matter the count on the hitter with the tying run either on base, on bat, or on deck, The pitcher pitched "well" for three innings. Additionally, the pitcher must also record an out, and give way to another pitcher coming into the game, and his team must not give up their lead at any point in the game.
The pitcher who records a hold may not hold any other decision. (Win, Loss, Save.). The HLD is a vital statistic and great look into a team's necessary middle relief. Holds were created in 1999 by John Dewan and Mike O'Donnell.