baseball players The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time  

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List Rules 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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Mariano Rivera is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Mariano Rivera Relief pitcher, Pitcher

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Dennis Eckersley is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time

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+ - 277 110
Rollie Fingers is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Rollie Fingers Pitcher

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+ - 259 117
Trevor Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Trevor Hoffman Relief pitcher, Pitcher

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+ - 289 128
Goose Gossage is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Goose Gossage Pitcher

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+ - 189 87
Bruce Sutter is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Bruce Sutter Pitcher

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+ - 168 77
Hoyt Wilhelm is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Hoyt Wilhelm Pitcher

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+ - 186 95
Lee Smith is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Lee Smith Relief pitcher, Pitcher

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+ - 173 82
Dan Quisenberry is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Dan Quisenberry Relief pitcher, Pitcher

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+ - 158 70
Billy Wagner is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Billy Wagner Relief pitcher, Pitcher

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+ - 141 77
John Franco is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
John Franco Relief pitcher, Pitcher

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+ - 130 80
Sparky Lyle is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Sparky Lyle Relief pitcher, Pitcher

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+ - 125 82
Tug McGraw is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Tug McGraw Relief pitcher, Pitcher

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+ - 101 82
Jeff Reardon is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Jeff Reardon Relief pitcher, Pitcher

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+ - 105 85
Joe Nathan is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Joe Nathan Relief pitcher, Setup pitcher, Pitcher

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+ - 105 39
John Smoltz is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
John Smoltz Starting pitcher, Pitcher

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+ - 164 98
Aroldis Chapman is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Aroldis Chapman Relief pitcher, Pitcher

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+ - 99 80
Kent Tekulve is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Kent Tekulve Relief pitcher, Pitcher

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+ - 104 51
Craig Kimbrel is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Craig Kimbrel Relief pitcher, Pitcher

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+ - 110 94
Francisco Rodríguez is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time

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+ - 92 82
John Wetteland is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
John Wetteland Relief pitcher, Pitcher

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+ - 69 68
Bobby Thigpen is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Bobby Thigpen Pitcher

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+ - 77 80
Tom Henke is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Tom Henke Relief pitcher, Pitcher

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+ - 73 75
Mike Marshall is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Mike Marshall Pitcher

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+ - 70 83
Troy Percival is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Troy Percival Relief pitcher, Pitcher

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+ - 63 37
Dave Righetti is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Dave Righetti Relief pitcher, Pitcher

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+ - 88 125
Jonathan Papelbon is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time

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+ - 51 28
Roy Face is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Roy Face Pitcher

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+ - 79 61
Éric Gagné is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Éric Gagné Relief pitcher, Pitcher

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+ - 50 37
Jesse Orosco is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Jesse Orosco Pitcher

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+ - 33 21
Dick Radatz is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Dick Radatz Relief pitcher, Pitcher

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+ - 35 35
Rick Aguilera is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Rick Aguilera Pitcher

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+ - 43 83
José Mesa is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
José Mesa Pitcher

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+ - 27 25
Steve Bedrosian is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Steve Bedrosian Pitcher

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+ - 41 38
Randy Myers is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Randy Myers Relief pitcher, Pitcher

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+ - 27 14
Ted Abernathy is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Ted Abernathy Relief pitcher

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+ - 26 19
Lindy McDaniel is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Lindy McDaniel Pitcher

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+ - 27 16
Clay Carroll is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Clay Carroll Pitcher

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+ - 25 20
Ron Perranoski is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Ron Perranoski Pitcher

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+ - 27 19
Jeff Montgomery is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Jeff Montgomery Pitcher

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+ - 35 71
Roberto Hernández is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time

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+ - 24 20
Willie Hernández is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time

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+ - 26 29
Jason Isringhausen is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Jason Isringhausen Relief pitcher, Pitcher

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+ - 22 23
Bobby Shantz is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Bobby Shantz Pitcher

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+ - 36 35
Tom Gordon is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Tom Gordon Relief pitcher, Pitcher

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+ - 22 20
Don McMahon is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Don McMahon Pitcher

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+ - 18 15
Dan Plesac is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Dan Plesac Relief pitcher, Pitcher

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+ - 22 27
John Hiller is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
John Hiller Pitcher

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+ - 24 29
Moe Drabowsky is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Moe Drabowsky Pitcher

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+ - 23 21
Keith Foulke is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Keith Foulke Relief pitcher, Pitcher