Baseball The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time  

Ranker Community
Originally by Ranker Community
19.2k votes 2.7k voters 55.7k views 148 items

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?
list ordered by

1
1,381 245
Mariano Rivera is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

2
620 271
Dennis Eckersley is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time

3
555 233
Goose Gossage is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Pitcher

4
509 229
Rollie Fingers is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Pitcher

5
512 219
Trevor Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

6
346 179
Bruce Sutter is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Pitcher

7
338 184
Lee Smith is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

8
279 146
Hoyt Wilhelm is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Pitcher

9
329 157
Billy Wagner is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
jangulo added Relief pitcher, Pitcher

10
276 159
Dan Quisenberry is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

11
242 134
Sparky Lyle is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

12
278 92
John Smoltz is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
rcdwhiteley added Starting pitcher, Pitcher

13
216 147
John Franco is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

14
214 140
Tug McGraw is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

15
358 182
Aroldis Chapman is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Countermoon added Relief pitcher, Pitcher

16
275 140
Craig Kimbrel is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
JoeVatalaro added Relief pitcher, Pitcher

17
161 140
Jeff Reardon is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

18
164 132
Kent Tekulve is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

19
199 147
Francisco Rodríguez is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time

20
151 76
Dave Righetti is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
JoeVatalaro added Relief pitcher, Pitcher

21
176 142
Joe Nathan is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Relief pitcher, Setup pitcher, Pitcher

22
144 129
John Wetteland is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

23
125 124
Tom Henke is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

24
118 115
Mike Marshall is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Pitcher

25
111 107
Bobby Thigpen is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Pitcher

26
161 100
Éric Gagné is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
C_Moorehead added Relief pitcher, Pitcher

27
111 69
Jesse Orosco is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Pitcher

28
115 128
Troy Percival is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

29
96 60
Roy Face is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Pitcher

30
148 205
Jonathan Papelbon is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time

31
82 60
Randy Myers is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
JoeVatalaro added Relief pitcher, Pitcher

32
64 66
Rick Aguilera is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Pitcher

33
57 50
Dick Radatz is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
MacSa added Relief pitcher, Pitcher

34
57 56
Steve Bedrosian is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
rcdwhiteley added Pitcher

35
69 57
Tom Gordon is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Relief pitcher, Pitcher

36
67 49
Kerry Wood is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Relief pitcher, Pitcher

37
58 123
José Mesa is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Pitcher

38
52 43
Willie Hernández is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
MacSa added Pitcher

39
51 47
John Hiller is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Pitcher

40
47 32
Ted Abernathy is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
MacSa added Relief pitcher

41
50 18
Kenley Jansen is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Hielo added Catcher, Pitcher

42
44 45
Bobby Shantz is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Pitcher

43
72 64
Brad Lidge is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Pitcher

44
46 98
Roberto Hernández is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time

45
45 15
Andrew Miller is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Hielo added Starting pitcher, Pitcher

46
46 43
Jeff Montgomery is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Pitcher

47
40 46
Lindy McDaniel is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Pitcher

48
42 43
Clay Carroll is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
MacSa added Pitcher

49
48 57
Jason Isringhausen is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
rcdwhiteley added Relief pitcher, Pitcher

50
49 51
Al Hrabosky is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Pitcher