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
1,009 176
Mariano Rivera is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

2
471 161
Dennis Eckersley is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History

3
367 157
Rollie Fingers is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Pitcher

4
402 140
Trevor Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

5
353 103
Goose Gossage is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Pitcher

6
271 116
Bruce Sutter is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Pitcher

7
227 133
Billy Wagner is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

8
253 127
Lee Smith is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

9
312 93
John Smoltz is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
peis added Starting pitcher, Pitcher

10
166 140
John Franco is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

11
188 101
Dan Quisenberry is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

12
146 106
Hoyt Wilhelm is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Pitcher

13
123 132
John Wetteland is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

14
225 110
Craig Kimbrel is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

15
107 94
Jeff Reardon is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

16
120 121
Troy Percival is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

17
145 116
Francisco Rodríguez is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History

18
125 84
Dave Righetti is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

19
103 58
Tug McGraw is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
AriBenarroch added Relief pitcher, Pitcher

20
119 94
Joe Nathan is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
dca1983 added Relief pitcher, Setup pitcher, Pitcher

21
164 59
Aroldis Chapman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Paul Nyhart added Pitcher

22
84 105
Robb Nen is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Pitcher

23
80 43
Kent Tekulve is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
chile6880 added Relief pitcher, Pitcher

24
124 79
Sparky Lyle is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

25
74 83
Rod Beck is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Closers in Baseball History
Pitcher