Nathan has a career ERA of 2.87 and has struck out 761 batters in 729.2 innings. The Minnesota Twins all-time saves leader, Nathan was the recipient of the 2009 American League Rolaids Relief Man Award after finishing the season with a 2.10 ERA and compiling 47 saves in 52 opportunities.
Nathan made a $500,000 lead gift to the Stony Brook Department of Athletics for the construction of Joe Nathan Field, the home of Seawolves baseball. The field opened in May 2011 and Nathan was honored at a field dedication last month.
He was a two-time Academic All-American in his time with the Seawolves and was also inducted into the Stony Brook Athletics Hall of Fame on Dec. 6, 2006, when he became the first former Stony Brook student-athlete to have his number retired