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.
list ordered by
1
1,111 187
Mariano Rivera is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Relief pitcher, Pitcher
2
512 175
Dennis Eckersley is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
3
406 171
Rollie Fingers is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Pitcher
4
441 159
Trevor Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Relief pitcher, Pitcher
5
391 113
Goose Gossage is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Pitcher
6
297 126
Bruce Sutter is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Pitcher
7
251 146
Billy Wagner is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Relief pitcher, Pitcher
8
277 141
Lee Smith is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Relief pitcher, Pitcher
9
344 111
John Smoltz is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
peis added Starting pitcher, Pitcher
10
183 161
John Franco is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Relief pitcher, Pitcher
11
209 114
Dan Quisenberry is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Relief pitcher, Pitcher
12
266 130
Craig Kimbrel is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Relief pitcher, Pitcher
13
159 117
Hoyt Wilhelm is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Pitcher
14
131 146
John Wetteland is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Relief pitcher, Pitcher
15
118 102
Jeff Reardon is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Relief pitcher, Pitcher
16
166 131
Francisco Rodríguez is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
17
130 135
Troy Percival is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Relief pitcher, Pitcher
18
136 97
Dave Righetti is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Relief pitcher, Pitcher
19
202 70
Aroldis Chapman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Paul Nyhart added Pitcher
20
132 107
Joe Nathan is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
dca1983 added Relief pitcher, Setup pitcher, Pitcher
21
117 69
Tug McGraw is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
AriBenarroch added Relief pitcher, Pitcher
22
144 87
Sparky Lyle is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Relief pitcher, Pitcher
23
88 118
Robb Nen is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Pitcher
24
152 120
Éric Gagné is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Relief pitcher, Pitcher
25
93 52
Kent Tekulve is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
chile6880 added Relief pitcher, Pitcher