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

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Goose Gossage is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Goose Gossage Pitcher

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Trevor Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Trevor Hoffman Relief pitcher, Pitcher

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

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

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Dan Quisenberry is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Dan Quisenberry Relief pitcher, Pitcher

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Lee Smith is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Lee Smith Relief pitcher, Pitcher

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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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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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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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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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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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Kent Tekulve is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Kent Tekulve Relief pitcher, Pitcher

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Aroldis Chapman is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Aroldis Chapman Relief pitcher, Pitcher

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Francisco Rodríguez is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time

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Joe Nathan is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Joe Nathan Relief pitcher, Setup pitcher Pitcher

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John Wetteland is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
John Wetteland Relief pitcher, Pitcher

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Tom Henke is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Tom Henke Relief pitcher, Pitcher

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Mike Marshall is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Mike Marshall Pitcher

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

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John Smoltz is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
John Smoltz Starting pitcher, Pitcher

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Craig Kimbrel is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Craig Kimbrel Relief pitcher, Pitcher

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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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Jonathan Papelbon is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time

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Roy Face is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Roy Face Pitcher

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Dave Righetti is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Dave Righetti Relief pitcher, Pitcher

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Jesse Orosco is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Jesse Orosco Pitcher

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Dick Radatz is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Dick Radatz Relief pitcher, Pitcher

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Ted Abernathy is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Ted Abernathy Relief pitcher

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Éric Gagné is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Éric Gagné Relief pitcher, Pitcher

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Lindy McDaniel is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Lindy McDaniel Pitcher

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Clay Carroll is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Clay Carroll Pitcher

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Ron Perranoski is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Ron Perranoski Pitcher

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José Mesa is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
José Mesa Pitcher

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Rick Aguilera is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Rick Aguilera Pitcher

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

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Don McMahon is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Don McMahon Pitcher

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

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Steve Bedrosian is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Steve Bedrosian Pitcher

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

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Stu Miller is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Stu Miller Pitcher

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

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Roberto Hernández is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time

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John Hiller is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
John Hiller Pitcher

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Pedro Borbón is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Pedro Borbón Pitcher

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Moe Drabowsky is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Moe Drabowsky Pitcher

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Tom Gordon is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Tom Gordon Relief pitcher, Pitcher

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Dave Giusti is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Dave Giusti Pitcher