The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time Baseball Players

The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time

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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?

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

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  1. 1
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    the people's #1 &often listed
    Mariano Rivera

    1969 More
    100
  2. 2
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    most listed
    Dennis Eckersley

    1954 More
    92
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    often listed
    Rollie Fingers

    1946 More
    87
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    Down 8
    1951 More
    85
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    often listed
    Trevor Hoffman

    1967 More
    84
  6. 6
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    1957 More
    78
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    Down 10
    1953 More
    76
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    1922 More
    73
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    1953 More
    72
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    1944 More
    69
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    1960 More
    67
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    1955 More
    61
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    1974 More
    59
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    1943 More
    58
  15. 15
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    1966 More
    55
  16. 16
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    1982 More
    54
  17. 17
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    1980 More
    54
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    1971 More
    54
    added by: jangulo
  19. 19
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    1944 More
    54
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    1969 More
    53
  21. 21
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    1966 More
    53
  22. 22
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    1947 More
    52
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    1964 More
    50
  24. 24
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    1963 More
    48
  25. 25
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    1957 More
    48
  26. 26
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    1939 More
    45
  27. 27
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    1988 More
    42
    added by: Countermoon
  28. 28
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    1900 More
    35
    added by: wallje
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    Brad Lidge

    27
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    No image
    1927 More
    25
    added by: EdwardJ.Zawadzki
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    1978 More
    24
    added by: azazelbadazz
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