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
1,061 181
Mariano Rivera is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Relief pitcher, Pitcher
2
492 165
Dennis Eckersley is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
3
389 161
Rollie Fingers is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Pitcher
4
427 146
Trevor Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Relief pitcher, Pitcher
5
374 105
Goose Gossage is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Pitcher
6
287 117
Bruce Sutter is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Pitcher
7
239 138
Billy Wagner is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Relief pitcher, Pitcher
8
268 132
Lee Smith is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Relief pitcher, Pitcher
9
329 100
John Smoltz is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
peis added Starting pitcher, Pitcher
10
177 147
John Franco is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Relief pitcher, Pitcher
11
196 106
Dan Quisenberry is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Relief pitcher, Pitcher
12
240 114
Craig Kimbrel is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Relief pitcher, Pitcher
13
153 111
Hoyt Wilhelm is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Pitcher
14
126 138
John Wetteland is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Relief pitcher, Pitcher
15
110 99
Jeff Reardon is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Relief pitcher, Pitcher
16
124 124
Troy Percival is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Relief pitcher, Pitcher
17
156 119
Francisco Rodríguez is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
18
132 89
Dave Righetti is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Relief pitcher, Pitcher
19
181 61
Aroldis Chapman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Paul Nyhart added Pitcher
20
112 62
Tug McGraw is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
AriBenarroch added Relief pitcher, Pitcher
21
127 99
Joe Nathan is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
dca1983 added Relief pitcher, Setup pitcher, Pitcher
22
85 111
Robb Nen is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Pitcher
23
138 82
Sparky Lyle is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Relief pitcher, Pitcher
24
87 48
Kent Tekulve is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
chile6880 added Relief pitcher, Pitcher
25
144 110
Éric Gagné is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Relief pitcher, Pitcher