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
915 161
Mariano Rivera is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

2
431 143
Dennis Eckersley is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History

3
339 136
Rollie Fingers is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Pitcher

4
369 126
Trevor Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

5
325 97
Goose Gossage is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Pitcher

6
250 105
Bruce Sutter is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Pitcher

7
206 120
Billy Wagner is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

8
229 114
Lee Smith is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

9
280 86
John Smoltz is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
peis added Starting pitcher, Pitcher

10
157 124
John Franco is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

11
177 86
Dan Quisenberry is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

12
119 111
John Wetteland is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

13
127 99
Hoyt Wilhelm is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Pitcher

14
194 92
Craig Kimbrel is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

15
102 82
Jeff Reardon is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

16
112 109
Troy Percival is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

17
129 104
Francisco Rodríguez is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History

18
117 74
Dave Righetti is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

19
94 51
Tug McGraw is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
AriBenarroch added Relief pitcher, Pitcher

20
107 89
Joe Nathan is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
dca1983 added Relief pitcher, Setup pitcher, Pitcher

21
80 95
Robb Nen is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Pitcher

22
74 34
Kent Tekulve is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
chile6880 added Relief pitcher, Pitcher

23
140 49
Aroldis Chapman is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Paul Nyhart added Relief pitcher, Pitcher

24
115 73
Sparky Lyle is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

25
69 77
Rod Beck is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Pitcher

26
59 34
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buskieboy added Relief pitcher, Pitcher

27
123 98
Éric Gagné is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

28
43 10
Kenley Jansen is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Catcher, Pitcher

29
63 78
Randy Myers is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

30
74 97
Brian Wilson is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Relief pitcher

31
103 110
Jonathan Papelbon is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Videoport Jones added Pitcher

32
44 28
Al Hrabosky is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
slaft added Pitcher

33
30 20
Jesse Orosco is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
lavj81 added Pitcher

34
73 70
Willie Hernández is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
peis added Pitcher

35
30 27
Steve Bedrosian is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
chile6880 added Pitcher

36
24 33
Greg Minton is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
mksyko added Pitcher

37
52 92
Jason Isringhausen is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

38
72 61
Bobby Thigpen is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Pitcher

39
39 36
Brad Lidge is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
chile6880 added Pitcher

40
63 82
Mitch Williams is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Pitcher

41
16 26
Woodie Fryman is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
rouj79 added Pitcher

42
36 92
Francisco Cordero is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

43
48 49
Mike Marshall is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Pitcher

44
43 49
Rick Aguilera is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Pitcher

45
15 29
Jeff Shaw is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
slaft added Relief pitcher, Pitcher

46
26 43
José Valverde is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
slaft added Relief pitcher, Closer, Pitcher

47
22 34
Rafael Soriano is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
slaft added Relief pitcher, Pitcher

48
21 32
John Axford is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
ebelkids added Pitcher

49
32 69
Todd Jones is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Pitcher

50
29 85
Heath Bell is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Relief pitcher, Pitcher