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
940 168
Mariano Rivera is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

2
449 148
Dennis Eckersley is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History

3
349 140
Rollie Fingers is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Pitcher

4
381 131
Trevor Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

5
330 100
Goose Gossage is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Pitcher

6
254 110
Bruce Sutter is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Pitcher

7
208 126
Billy Wagner is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

8
233 119
Lee Smith is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

9
288 88
John Smoltz is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
peis added Starting pitcher, Pitcher

10
161 127
John Franco is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

11
178 91
Dan Quisenberry is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

12
119 117
John Wetteland is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

13
205 101
Craig Kimbrel is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

14
132 102
Hoyt Wilhelm is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Pitcher

15
103 86
Jeff Reardon is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

16
114 114
Troy Percival is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

17
134 110
Francisco Rodríguez is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History

18
118 78
Dave Righetti is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

19
95 55
Tug McGraw is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
AriBenarroch added Relief pitcher, Pitcher

20
111 91
Joe Nathan is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
dca1983 added Relief pitcher, Setup pitcher, Pitcher

21
150 55
Aroldis Chapman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Paul Nyhart added Relief pitcher, Pitcher

22
80 99
Robb Nen is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Pitcher

23
74 37
Kent Tekulve is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
chile6880 added Relief pitcher, Pitcher

24
116 76
Sparky Lyle is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

25
71 78
Rod Beck is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Pitcher

26
60 38
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buskieboy added Relief pitcher, Pitcher

27
126 101
Éric Gagné is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

28
50 13
Kenley Jansen is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Catcher, Pitcher

29
65 82
Randy Myers is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

30
76 100
Brian Wilson is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Relief pitcher

31
110 115
Jonathan Papelbon is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Videoport Jones added Pitcher

32
45 32
Al Hrabosky is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
slaft added Pitcher

33
74 74
Willie Hernández is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
peis added Pitcher

34
76 63
Bobby Thigpen is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Pitcher

35
30 25
Jesse Orosco is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
lavj81 added Pitcher

36
53 96
Jason Isringhausen is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

37
30 31
Steve Bedrosian is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
chile6880 added Pitcher

38
24 38
Greg Minton is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
mksyko added Pitcher

39
39 38
Brad Lidge is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
chile6880 added Pitcher

40
63 86
Mitch Williams is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Pitcher

41
16 29
Woodie Fryman is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
rouj79 added Pitcher

42
45 50
Rick Aguilera is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Pitcher

43
49 51
Mike Marshall is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Pitcher

44
36 95
Francisco Cordero is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

45
27 45
José Valverde is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
slaft added Relief pitcher, Closer, Pitcher

46
15 31
Jeff Shaw is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
slaft added Relief pitcher, Pitcher

47
24 35
Rafael Soriano is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
slaft added Relief pitcher, Pitcher

48
23 33
John Axford is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
ebelkids added Pitcher

49
14 24
Ervin Santana is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
-1456082551498 added Starting pitcher, Pitcher

50
33 71
Todd Jones is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Pitcher