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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1,060 181
Mariano Rivera is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Relief pitcher, Pitcher
2
491 165
Dennis Eckersley is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
3
388 161
Rollie Fingers is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Pitcher
4
427 145
Trevor Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Relief pitcher, Pitcher
5
374 104
Goose Gossage is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Pitcher
6
286 117
Bruce Sutter is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Pitcher
7
238 138
Billy Wagner is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Relief pitcher, Pitcher
8
268 131
Lee Smith is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Relief pitcher, Pitcher
9
329 99
John Smoltz is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
peis added Starting pitcher, Pitcher
10
177 146
John Franco is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Relief pitcher, Pitcher
11
196 105
Dan Quisenberry is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Relief pitcher, Pitcher
12
239 114
Craig Kimbrel is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Relief pitcher, Pitcher
13
153 110
Hoyt Wilhelm is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Pitcher
14
126 137
John Wetteland is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Relief pitcher, Pitcher
15
110 98
Jeff Reardon is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Relief pitcher, Pitcher
16
124 123
Troy Percival is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Relief pitcher, Pitcher
17
156 118
Francisco Rodríguez is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
18
132 88
Dave Righetti is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Relief pitcher, Pitcher
19
180 61
Aroldis Chapman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Paul Nyhart added Pitcher
20
112 61
Tug McGraw is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
AriBenarroch added Relief pitcher, Pitcher
21
127 98
Joe Nathan is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
dca1983 added Relief pitcher, Setup pitcher, Pitcher
22
85 110
Robb Nen is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Pitcher
23
137 82
Sparky Lyle is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Relief pitcher, Pitcher
24
87 47
Kent Tekulve is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
chile6880 added Relief pitcher, Pitcher
25
80 86
Rod Beck is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Pitcher