Baseball The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time  

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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?
list ordered by

1
1,273 221
Mariano Rivera is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

2
566 252
Dennis Eckersley is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time

3
515 221
Goose Gossage is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Pitcher

4
465 215
Rollie Fingers is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Pitcher

5
470 198
Trevor Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

6
315 163
Bruce Sutter is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Pitcher

7
312 165
Lee Smith is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

8
291 136
Billy Wagner is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
jangulo added Relief pitcher, Pitcher

9
248 134
Hoyt Wilhelm is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Pitcher

10
260 144
Dan Quisenberry is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

11
223 120
Sparky Lyle is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

12
200 130
John Franco is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

13
236 81
John Smoltz is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
rcdwhiteley added Starting pitcher, Pitcher

14
198 125
Tug McGraw is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

15
323 164
Aroldis Chapman is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Countermoon added Relief pitcher, Pitcher

16
243 114
Craig Kimbrel is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
JoeVatalaro added Relief pitcher, Pitcher

17
149 125
Jeff Reardon is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

18
135 66
Dave Righetti is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
JoeVatalaro added Relief pitcher, Pitcher

19
146 118
Kent Tekulve is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

20
182 135
Francisco Rodríguez is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time

21
158 131
Joe Nathan is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Relief pitcher, Setup pitcher, Pitcher

22
122 113
Tom Henke is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

23
136 118
John Wetteland is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

24
111 104
Mike Marshall is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Pitcher

25
104 99
Bobby Thigpen is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Pitcher

26
99 61
Jesse Orosco is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Pitcher

27
140 93
Éric Gagné is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
C_Moorehead added Relief pitcher, Pitcher

28
106 119
Troy Percival is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

29
87 51
Roy Face is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Pitcher

30
138 183
Jonathan Papelbon is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time

31
73 54
Randy Myers is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
JoeVatalaro added Relief pitcher, Pitcher

32
57 56
Rick Aguilera is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Pitcher

33
55 40
Dick Radatz is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
MacSa added Relief pitcher, Pitcher

34
51 47
Steve Bedrosian is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
rcdwhiteley added Pitcher

35
55 112
José Mesa is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Pitcher

36
47 37
Willie Hernández is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
MacSa added Pitcher

37
61 52
Tom Gordon is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Relief pitcher, Pitcher

38
57 42
Kerry Wood is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Relief pitcher, Pitcher

39
47 41
John Hiller is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Pitcher

40
42 9
Kenley Jansen is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Hielo added Catcher, Pitcher

41
40 27
Ted Abernathy is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
MacSa added Relief pitcher

42
42 39
Bobby Shantz is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Pitcher

43
43 37
Jeff Montgomery is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Pitcher

44
44 91
Roberto Hernández is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time

45
63 59
Brad Lidge is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Pitcher

46
40 35
Clay Carroll is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
MacSa added Pitcher

47
37 40
Lindy McDaniel is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Pitcher

48
32 10
Andrew Miller is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Hielo added Starting pitcher, Pitcher

49
32 33
Dan Plesac is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
MacSa added Relief pitcher, Pitcher

50
42 48
Jason Isringhausen is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
rcdwhiteley added Relief pitcher, Pitcher