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?
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1
1,553 280
Mariano Rivera is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

2
687 307
Dennis Eckersley is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time

3
627 260
Goose Gossage is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Pitcher

4
569 256
Rollie Fingers is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Pitcher

5
555 247
Trevor Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

6
382 198
Bruce Sutter is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Pitcher

7
371 207
Lee Smith is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

8
298 161
Hoyt Wilhelm is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Pitcher

9
355 177
Billy Wagner is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
jangulo added Relief pitcher, Pitcher

10
299 177
Dan Quisenberry is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

11
268 154
Sparky Lyle is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

12
319 109
John Smoltz is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
rcdwhiteley added Starting pitcher, Pitcher

13
238 160
John Franco is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

14
229 157
Tug McGraw is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

15
401 208
Aroldis Chapman is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Countermoon added Pitcher

16
321 161
Craig Kimbrel is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
JoeVatalaro added Relief pitcher, Pitcher

17
177 156
Jeff Reardon is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

18
216 162
Francisco Rodríguez is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time

19
167 88
Dave Righetti is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
JoeVatalaro added Relief pitcher, Pitcher

20
193 155
Joe Nathan is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Relief pitcher, Setup pitcher, Pitcher

21
171 150
Kent Tekulve is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

22
139 137
Tom Henke is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

23
127 126
Mike Marshall is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Pitcher

24
153 147
John Wetteland is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

25
119 119
Bobby Thigpen is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Pitcher