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
996 174
Mariano Rivera is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

2
466 157
Dennis Eckersley is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History

3
362 153
Rollie Fingers is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Pitcher

4
397 137
Trevor Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

5
346 102
Goose Gossage is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Pitcher

6
265 114
Bruce Sutter is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Pitcher

7
219 131
Billy Wagner is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

8
248 123
Lee Smith is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

9
306 90
John Smoltz is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
peis added Starting pitcher, Pitcher

10
165 135
John Franco is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

11
185 96
Dan Quisenberry is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

12
123 124
John Wetteland is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

13
142 105
Hoyt Wilhelm is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Pitcher

14
219 107
Craig Kimbrel is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

15
105 92
Jeff Reardon is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

16
117 119
Troy Percival is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

17
141 114
Francisco Rodríguez is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History

18
123 82
Dave Righetti is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

19
117 92
Joe Nathan is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
dca1983 added Relief pitcher, Setup pitcher, Pitcher

20
99 57
Tug McGraw is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
AriBenarroch added Relief pitcher, Pitcher

21
159 58
Aroldis Chapman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Paul Nyhart added Relief pitcher, Pitcher

22
83 103
Robb Nen is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Pitcher

23
78 42
Kent Tekulve is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
chile6880 added Relief pitcher, Pitcher

24
121 79
Sparky Lyle is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

25
74 81
Rod Beck is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Pitcher