Breaking the traditional closer mold, Montgomery became one of most reliable relief aces in baseball. The three-time All-Star and 1998 Royals Pitcher of The Year led the club in saves for a decade with an unconventional four-pitch repertoire. In 1993, he was American League Fireman of the Year with a league-leading 45 saves, which also tied the Royals club record. Montgomery was Major League Baseball's 10th pitcher to reach the 300-plus saves mark, and the first to collect all of them with one club. He finished his career atop the Royals all-time list in appearances (686) and saves (304).