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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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Mariano Rivera is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Relief pitcher, Pitcher
2
Dennis Eckersley is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
3
Rollie Fingers is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Pitcher
4
Trevor Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Relief pitcher, Pitcher
5
Goose Gossage is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Pitcher
6
Bruce Sutter is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Pitcher
7
Billy Wagner is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Relief pitcher, Pitcher
8
John Smoltz is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
peis added Starting pitcher, Pitcher
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Lee Smith is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Relief pitcher, Pitcher
10
Craig Kimbrel is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Relief pitcher, Pitcher
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John Franco is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
John Franco Relief pitcher, Pitcher
12
Dan Quisenberry is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Relief pitcher, Pitcher
13
Aroldis Chapman is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Paul Nyhart added Pitcher
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Hoyt Wilhelm is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Pitcher
15
Jeff Reardon is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Relief pitcher, Pitcher
16
Tug McGraw is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
AriBenarroch added Tug McGraw Relief pitcher, Pitcher
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John Wetteland is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
John Wetteland Relief pitcher, Pitcher
18
Francisco Rodríguez is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
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Dave Righetti is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Relief pitcher, Pitcher
20
Kent Tekulve is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
chile6880 added Relief pitcher, Pitcher
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Troy Percival is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Troy Percival Relief pitcher, Pitcher
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Sparky Lyle is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Sparky Lyle Relief pitcher, Pitcher
23
Éric Gagné is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Relief pitcher, Pitcher
24
Kenley Jansen is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Catcher, Pitcher
25
Joe Nathan is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
dca1983 added Joe Nathan Relief pitcher, Setup pitcher, Pitcher