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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1,033 178
Mariano Rivera is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

2
479 163
Dennis Eckersley is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History

3
377 160
Rollie Fingers is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Pitcher

4
415 142
Trevor Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

5
361 104
Goose Gossage is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Pitcher

6
277 117
Bruce Sutter is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Pitcher

7
232 135
Billy Wagner is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

8
259 129
Lee Smith is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

9
319 96
John Smoltz is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
peis added Starting pitcher, Pitcher

10
172 143
John Franco is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

11
195 102
Dan Quisenberry is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

12
151 108
Hoyt Wilhelm is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Pitcher

13
125 135
John Wetteland is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

14
233 112
Craig Kimbrel is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

15
110 97
Jeff Reardon is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

16
124 122
Troy Percival is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

17
150 118
Francisco Rodríguez is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History

18
111 58
Tug McGraw is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
AriBenarroch added Relief pitcher, Pitcher

19
129 87
Dave Righetti is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

20
123 96
Joe Nathan is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
dca1983 added Relief pitcher, Setup pitcher, Pitcher

21
171 60
Aroldis Chapman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Paul Nyhart added Pitcher

22
85 109
Robb Nen is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Pitcher

23
132 81
Sparky Lyle is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

24
83 46
Kent Tekulve is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
chile6880 added Relief pitcher, Pitcher

25
78 85
Rod Beck is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Pitcher