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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1
1,004 175
Mariano Rivera is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

2
470 158
Dennis Eckersley is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History

3
363 156
Rollie Fingers is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Pitcher

4
399 139
Trevor Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

5
349 103
Goose Gossage is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Pitcher

6
266 116
Bruce Sutter is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Pitcher

7
224 131
Billy Wagner is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

8
251 125
Lee Smith is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

9
308 92
John Smoltz is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
peis added Starting pitcher, Pitcher

10
165 138
John Franco is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

11
186 99
Dan Quisenberry is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

12
123 129
John Wetteland is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

13
143 106
Hoyt Wilhelm is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Pitcher

14
224 107
Craig Kimbrel is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

15
106 93
Jeff Reardon is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

16
119 119
Troy Percival is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

17
143 114
Francisco Rodríguez is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History

18
124 83
Dave Righetti is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

19
101 57
Tug McGraw is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
AriBenarroch added Relief pitcher, Pitcher

20
118 93
Joe Nathan is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
dca1983 added Relief pitcher, Setup pitcher, Pitcher

21
161 59
Aroldis Chapman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Paul Nyhart added Relief pitcher, Pitcher

22
84 103
Robb Nen is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Pitcher

23
79 42
Kent Tekulve is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
chile6880 added Relief pitcher, Pitcher

24
122 79
Sparky Lyle is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

25
74 82
Rod Beck is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Pitcher