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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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931 159
Mariano Rivera is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Mariano Rivera Relief pitcher, Pitcher

2
423 152
Dennis Eckersley is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time

3
369 164
Goose Gossage is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Goose Gossage Pitcher

4
346 154
Rollie Fingers is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Rollie Fingers Pitcher

5
335 154
Trevor Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Trevor Hoffman Relief pitcher, Pitcher

6
230 120
Bruce Sutter is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Bruce Sutter Pitcher

7
230 125
Lee Smith is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Lee Smith Relief pitcher, Pitcher

8
202 89
Billy Wagner is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
jangulo added Billy Wagner Relief pitcher, Pitcher

9
207 107
Dan Quisenberry is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Dan Quisenberry Relief pitcher, Pitcher

10
198 104
Hoyt Wilhelm is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Hoyt Wilhelm Pitcher

11
167 96
Sparky Lyle is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Sparky Lyle Relief pitcher, Pitcher

12
165 99
John Franco is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
John Franco Relief pitcher, Pitcher

13
153 99
Tug McGraw is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Tug McGraw Relief pitcher, Pitcher

14
122 100
Jeff Reardon is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Jeff Reardon Relief pitcher, Pitcher

The Greatest Catchers of All Time

15
148 56
John Smoltz is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
rcdwhiteley added John Smoltz Starting pitcher, Pitcher

16
150 68
Craig Kimbrel is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
JoeVatalaro added Craig Kimbrel Relief pitcher, Pitcher

17
115 95
Kent Tekulve is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Kent Tekulve Relief pitcher, Pitcher

18
128 104
Joe Nathan is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Joe Nathan Relief pitcher, Setup pitcher, Pitcher

19
210 124
Aroldis Chapman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Countermoon added Aroldis Chapman Relief pitcher, Pitcher

20
136 110
Francisco Rodríguez is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time

21
104 102
John Wetteland is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
John Wetteland Relief pitcher, Pitcher

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22
87 49
Dave Righetti is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
JoeVatalaro added Dave Righetti Relief pitcher, Pitcher

23
85 89
Mike Marshall is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Mike Marshall Pitcher

24
92 93
Tom Henke is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Tom Henke Relief pitcher, Pitcher

25
79 80
Bobby Thigpen is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Bobby Thigpen Pitcher

26
67 38
Roy Face is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Roy Face Pitcher

27
112 144
Jonathan Papelbon is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time

28
80 98
Troy Percival is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Troy Percival Relief pitcher, Pitcher

The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

29
69 47
Jesse Orosco is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Jesse Orosco Pitcher

30
101 76
Éric Gagné is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
C_Moorehead added Éric Gagné Relief pitcher, Pitcher

31
46 45
Rick Aguilera is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Rick Aguilera Pitcher

32
56 44
Randy Myers is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
JoeVatalaro added Randy Myers Relief pitcher, Pitcher

33
42 31
Dick Radatz is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
MacSa added Dick Radatz Relief pitcher, Pitcher

34
35 35
Steve Bedrosian is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
rcdwhiteley added Steve Bedrosian Pitcher

35
47 97
José Mesa is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
José Mesa Pitcher

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36
39 26
Kerry Wood is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Kerry Wood Relief pitcher, Pitcher

37
46 42
Tom Gordon is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Tom Gordon Relief pitcher, Pitcher

38
33 29
Willie Hernández is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
MacSa added Willie Hernández Pitcher

39
34 34
John Hiller is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
slaft added John Hiller Pitcher

40
40 79
Roberto Hernández is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time

41
30 22
Ted Abernathy is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
MacSa added Ted Abernathy Relief pitcher

42
32 25
Clay Carroll is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
MacSa added Clay Carroll Pitcher

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43
29 29
Lindy McDaniel is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Lindy McDaniel Pitcher

44
31 33
Bobby Shantz is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Bobby Shantz Pitcher

45
32 28
Jeff Montgomery is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Jeff Montgomery Pitcher

46
33 37
Jason Isringhausen is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
rcdwhiteley added Jason Isringhausen Relief pitcher, Pitcher

47
23 24
Dan Plesac is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
MacSa added Dan Plesac Relief pitcher, Pitcher

48
27 30
Ron Perranoski is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Ron Perranoski Pitcher

49
44 50
Brad Lidge is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Brad Lidge Pitcher

50
38 53
Mitch Williams is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
C_Moorehead added Mitch Williams Pitcher