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List Rules Only players who are known primarily as relief pitchers or closers. No starting pitchers

The greatest relief pitchers of all time include some of the best current MLB players, as well as some legends who are already in the baseball hall of fame. What do you think: Is Mariano Rivera the best relief pitcher in baseball history? Vote for the players you think deserve the top honor, and vote down any that you don't think are worthy. Also, rerank this list in any order you want. Here's the thing about a really great relief pitcher: They are golden. They really are, because if you find a great team that's performing extremely well, during the regular or the post-season, the chances are very good that they've got an ace relief pitcher at the end of the rotation. All that work, all those runs accrued, mean absolutely nothing if things fall apart in the ninth inning. A great closer seals the deal, period. If you want to vote some more, why not head over and decide who you think is the greatest curveball pitcher or the best hittters in baseball history, too?
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768 118
Mariano Rivera is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Mariano Rivera Relief pitcher, Pitcher

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2
361 115
Dennis Eckersley is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time

3
291 117
Rollie Fingers is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Rollie Fingers Pitcher

4
302 131
Goose Gossage is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Goose Gossage Pitcher

5
272 127
Trevor Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Trevor Hoffman Relief pitcher, Pitcher

6
195 93
Bruce Sutter is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Bruce Sutter Pitcher

7
192 102
Lee Smith is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Lee Smith Relief pitcher, Pitcher

8
180 88
Dan Quisenberry is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Dan Quisenberry Relief pitcher, Pitcher

9
169 86
Hoyt Wilhelm is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Hoyt Wilhelm Pitcher

10
167 75
Billy Wagner is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
jangulo added Billy Wagner Relief pitcher, Pitcher

11
144 82
John Franco is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
John Franco Relief pitcher, Pitcher

12
137 82
Sparky Lyle is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Sparky Lyle Relief pitcher, Pitcher

13
129 87
Tug McGraw is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Tug McGraw Relief pitcher, Pitcher

14
105 87
Jeff Reardon is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Jeff Reardon Relief pitcher, Pitcher

15
114 41
John Smoltz is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
rcdwhiteley added John Smoltz Starting pitcher, Pitcher

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107 89
Joe Nathan is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Joe Nathan Relief pitcher, Setup pitcher, Pitcher

17
103 81
Kent Tekulve is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Kent Tekulve Relief pitcher, Pitcher

18
173 104
Aroldis Chapman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Countermoon added Aroldis Chapman Relief pitcher, Pitcher

19
110 54
Craig Kimbrel is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
JoeVatalaro added Craig Kimbrel Relief pitcher, Pitcher

20
114 98
Francisco Rodríguez is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time

21
96 85
John Wetteland is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
John Wetteland Relief pitcher, Pitcher

22
72 70
Bobby Thigpen is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Bobby Thigpen Pitcher

23
79 82
Tom Henke is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Tom Henke Relief pitcher, Pitcher

24
76 78
Mike Marshall is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Mike Marshall Pitcher

25
70 37
Dave Righetti is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
JoeVatalaro added Dave Righetti Relief pitcher, Pitcher

26
72 86
Troy Percival is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Troy Percival Relief pitcher, Pitcher

27
96 130
Jonathan Papelbon is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time

28
54 30
Roy Face is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Roy Face Pitcher

29
82 63
Éric Gagné is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
C_Moorehead added Éric Gagné Relief pitcher, Pitcher

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53 38
Jesse Orosco is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Jesse Orosco Pitcher

31
39 37
Rick Aguilera is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Rick Aguilera Pitcher

32
36 24
Dick Radatz is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
MacSa added Dick Radatz Relief pitcher, Pitcher

33
44 86
José Mesa is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
José Mesa Pitcher

34
29 27
Steve Bedrosian is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
rcdwhiteley added Steve Bedrosian Pitcher

35
43 41
Randy Myers is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
JoeVatalaro added Randy Myers Relief pitcher, Pitcher

36
28 17
Ted Abernathy is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
MacSa added Ted Abernathy Relief pitcher

37
29 21
Jeff Montgomery is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Jeff Montgomery Pitcher

38
26 22
Lindy McDaniel is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Lindy McDaniel Pitcher

39
36 74
Roberto Hernández is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time

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25 23
Ron Perranoski is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Ron Perranoski Pitcher

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27 19
Clay Carroll is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
MacSa added Clay Carroll Pitcher

42
26 26
Bobby Shantz is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Bobby Shantz Pitcher

43
28 31
Jason Isringhausen is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
rcdwhiteley added Jason Isringhausen Relief pitcher, Pitcher

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25 23
Willie Hernández is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
MacSa added Willie Hernández Pitcher

45
37 37
Tom Gordon is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Tom Gordon Relief pitcher, Pitcher

46
23 22
Don McMahon is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Don McMahon Pitcher

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23 29
John Hiller is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
slaft added John Hiller Pitcher

48
19 18
Dan Plesac is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
MacSa added Dan Plesac Relief pitcher, Pitcher

49
23 67
Dave Giusti is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Dave Giusti Pitcher

50
30 19
Kerry Wood is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Kerry Wood Relief pitcher, Pitcher