MLB The Best Closers in Baseball History  

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List Rules Top relief closing pitchers / CLs ever in the MLB

Who are the best closers in baseball history? The players on this list shut down late innings with both class and style. Many of them are/were considered the best in the bullpen -- and among the greatest baseball players of all time, for that matter. Some are still playing, but others have officially retired from Major League Baseball. Enjoy this list of the top closing pitchers, vote for the closers you think are the greatest to ever hit the mound, and feel free to re-rank this list in any order you see fit. The best relief pitchers ever in baseball have one thing in common: They get the job done. When a closer takes the mound, it's crunch time. Often, the closer has the awesome responsibility of helping his team hold a narrow lead. One run could change the outcome, and the relief pitcher has to make sure no one hits him. There is a reason why closers are the highest paid relief players on the team, after all. Looking for more great baseball-related lists? Cast your votes for the top current baseball players, the greatest designated hitters of all time and the best hitters in baseball history.
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932 165
Mariano Rivera is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

2
442 144
Dennis Eckersley is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History

3
343 138
Rollie Fingers is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Pitcher

4
375 127
Trevor Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

5
327 97
Goose Gossage is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Pitcher

6
251 106
Bruce Sutter is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Pitcher

7
207 121
Billy Wagner is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

8
230 116
Lee Smith is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

9
283 86
John Smoltz is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
peis added Starting pitcher, Pitcher

10
158 125
John Franco is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

11
177 88
Dan Quisenberry is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

12
119 113
John Wetteland is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

13
201 95
Craig Kimbrel is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

14
129 100
Hoyt Wilhelm is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Pitcher

15
102 83
Jeff Reardon is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

16
113 110
Troy Percival is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

17
131 106
Francisco Rodríguez is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History

18
117 75
Dave Righetti is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

19
94 53
Tug McGraw is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
AriBenarroch added Relief pitcher, Pitcher

20
109 89
Joe Nathan is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
dca1983 added Relief pitcher, Setup pitcher, Pitcher

21
145 52
Aroldis Chapman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Paul Nyhart added Relief pitcher, Pitcher

22
80 96
Robb Nen is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Pitcher

23
74 35
Kent Tekulve is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
chile6880 added Relief pitcher, Pitcher

24
115 74
Sparky Lyle is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

25
69 78
Rod Beck is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Pitcher

26
59 35
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buskieboy added Relief pitcher, Pitcher

27
124 99
Éric Gagné is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

28
49 10
Kenley Jansen is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Catcher, Pitcher

29
64 80
Randy Myers is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

30
76 98
Brian Wilson is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Relief pitcher

31
107 112
Jonathan Papelbon is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Videoport Jones added Pitcher

32
44 30
Al Hrabosky is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
slaft added Pitcher

33
30 22
Jesse Orosco is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
lavj81 added Pitcher

34
73 72
Willie Hernández is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
peis added Pitcher

35
53 93
Jason Isringhausen is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

36
30 29
Steve Bedrosian is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
chile6880 added Pitcher

37
74 62
Bobby Thigpen is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Pitcher

38
24 35
Greg Minton is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
mksyko added Pitcher

39
39 37
Brad Lidge is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
chile6880 added Pitcher

40
63 83
Mitch Williams is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Pitcher

41
16 27
Woodie Fryman is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
rouj79 added Pitcher

42
36 93
Francisco Cordero is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

43
48 50
Mike Marshall is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Pitcher

44
43 50
Rick Aguilera is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Pitcher

45
27 44
José Valverde is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
slaft added Relief pitcher, Closer, Pitcher

46
15 30
Jeff Shaw is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
slaft added Relief pitcher, Pitcher

47
22 32
John Axford is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
ebelkids added Pitcher

48
23 35
Rafael Soriano is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
slaft added Relief pitcher, Pitcher

49
13 23
Ervin Santana is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
-1456082551498 added Starting pitcher, Pitcher

50
32 70
Todd Jones is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Pitcher