The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time Baseball Players
0Ultimate List
originally by  tags 2,348 votes 325 voters 13,713 views 37 items f p @
54 of 15

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?

  • 9 ReRanks
    • Women
    • Men
    • Age
    • Region
  • See list ranked by
L The List
Z
B Comments
& Embed
G Options
2rerank list
  1. 1
    + 182
    - 34

    the people's #1
    Relief pitcher, Pitcher

    ) open
  2. 2
    + 109
    - 29

    most listed
    Pitcher

    ) open
  3. 3
    + 92
    - 27
    ) open
  4. 4
    + 89
    - 28
    ) open
  5. 5
    + 80
    - 42


    Relief pitcher, Pitcher

    ) open
  6. 6
    + 63
    - 22


    Pitcher

    ) open
  7. 7
    + 60
    - 28


    Relief pitcher, Pitcher

    ) open
  8. 8
    + 62
    - 21


    Relief pitcher, Pitcher

    ) open
  9. 9
    + 52
    - 30


    Pitcher

    ) open
  10. 10
    + 48
    - 25


    Relief pitcher, Pitcher

    ) open
  11. 11
    + 34
    - 24


    Relief pitcher, Pitcher

    ) open
  12. 12
    + 40
    - 30


    Relief pitcher, Pitcher

    ) open
  13. 13
    + 42
    - 17

    ranked low on reranks & added by jangulo
    Relief pitcher, Pitcher

    ) open
  14. 14
    + 30
    - 35
    ) open
  15. 15
    + 44
    - 23


    Relief pitcher, Pitcher

    ) open
  16. 16
    + 29
    - 29


    Relief pitcher, Setup pitcher, Pitcher

    ) open
  17. 17
    + 24
    - 36
    ) open
  18. 18
    + 32
    - 27


    Relief pitcher, Pitcher

    ) open
  19. 19
    + 35
    - 48
    ) open
  20. 20
    + 24
    - 24


    Relief pitcher, Pitcher

    ) open
  21. 21
    + 22
    - 32


    Relief pitcher, Pitcher

    ) open
  22. 22
    + 30
    - 26

    ranked low on reranks
    Relief pitcher, Pitcher

    ) open
  23. 23
    + 15
    - 38

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Pitcher

    ) open
  24. 24
    + 13
    - 30

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Pitcher

    ) open
  25. 25
    + 20
    - 26
    ) open
  26. 26
    + 28
    - 19

    ranked low on reranks & added by wallje
    Pitcher

    ) open
  27. 27
    + 8
    - 33

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Pitcher

    ) open
  28. 28
    + 25
    - 25

    added by Countermoon
    Relief pitcher, Pitcher

    ) open
  29. 29
    + 19
    - 12

    added by C_Moorehead
    Relief pitcher, Pitcher

    ) open
  30. 30
    + 6
    - 3

    added by JoeVatalaro
    Relief pitcher, Pitcher

    ) open
  31. 31
    + 5
    - 3

    added by JoeVatalaro
    Relief pitcher, Pitcher

    ) open
  32. 32
    + 5
    - 4

    added by JoeVatalaro
    Relief pitcher, Pitcher

    ) open
  33. 33
    + 15
    - 18

    added by azazelbadazz
    Brad Lidge

  34. 34
    + 3
    - 4

    new! & added by slaft
    Pitcher

    ) open
  35. 35
    + 4
    - 9

    added by Countermoon
    Pitcher

    ) open
  36. 36
    + 9
    - 16

    added by C_Moorehead
    Pitcher

    ) open
  37. 37
    + 4
    - 12

    added by C_Moorehead
    Pitcher

    ) open
38 +

Something missing? Add it!

L List Options 2 Rerank List B Comments & Embed z Share Next List >

viewers of this list also saw...

more popular lists