The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time Baseball Players
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The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time

List Criteria: Only players who are known primarily as relief pitchers or closers. No starting pitchers

The greatest relief pitchers of all time include some of the best current MLB players, as well as some legends who are already in the baseball hall of fame. What do you think: Is Mariano Rivera the best relief pitcher in baseball history? Vote for the players you think deserve the top honor, and vote down any that you don't think are worthy. Also, rerank this list in any order you want.

Here's the thing about a really great relief pitcher: They are golden. They really are, because if you find a great team that's performing extremely well, during the regular or the post-season, the chances are very good that they've got an ace relief pitcher at the end of the rotation. All that work, all those runs accrued, mean absolutely nothing if things fall apart in the ninth inning. A great closer seals the deal, period.

If you want to vote some more, why not head over and decide who you think is the greatest curveball pitcher or the best hittters in baseball history, too?
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    the people's #1
    Mariano Rivera

    1969 More
    100
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    most listed
    Dennis Eckersley

    1954 More
    92
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    1946 More
    87
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    1967 More
    84
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    1951 More
    83
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    1953 More
    76
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    1957 More
    75
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    1922 More
    72
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    1953 More
    70
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    1944 More
    62
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    1960 More
    61
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    1955 More
    58
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    1943 More
    57
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    1980 More
    54
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    1974 More
    54
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    1982 More
    53
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    1944 More
    52
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    1966 More
    50
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Troy Percival

    1969 More
    49
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    ranked low on reranks
    Billy Wagner

    1971 More
    49
    added by: jangulo
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    1966 More
    49
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    ranked low on reranks
    Kent Tekulve

    1947 More
    48
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    1964 More
    47
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    1957 More
    47
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    1963 More
    43
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Dave Giusti

    1939 More
    39
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    1988 More
    36
    added by: Countermoon
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    1900 More
    34
    added by: wallje
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    Brad Lidge

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    No image
    1968 More
    21
    added by: galenandrews
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    1977 More
    21
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    1978 More
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    added by: azazelbadazz
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