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
1,342 235
Mariano Rivera is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

2
598 264
Dennis Eckersley is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time

3
537 229
Goose Gossage is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Pitcher

4
490 223
Rollie Fingers is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Pitcher

5
493 215
Trevor Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

6
336 173
Bruce Sutter is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Pitcher

7
329 176
Lee Smith is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

8
268 141
Hoyt Wilhelm is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Pitcher

9
310 149
Billy Wagner is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
jangulo added Relief pitcher, Pitcher

10
236 126
Sparky Lyle is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

11
266 154
Dan Quisenberry is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

12
264 85
John Smoltz is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
rcdwhiteley added Starting pitcher, Pitcher

13
210 139
John Franco is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

14
206 134
Tug McGraw is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

15
339 178
Aroldis Chapman is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Countermoon added Relief pitcher, Pitcher

16
154 132
Jeff Reardon is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

17
259 131
Craig Kimbrel is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
JoeVatalaro added Relief pitcher, Pitcher

18
144 71
Dave Righetti is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
JoeVatalaro added Relief pitcher, Pitcher

19
153 128
Kent Tekulve is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

20
187 145
Francisco Rodríguez is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time

21
164 139
Joe Nathan is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Relief pitcher, Setup pitcher, Pitcher

22
140 124
John Wetteland is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

23
123 119
Tom Henke is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

24
116 109
Mike Marshall is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Pitcher

25
108 102
Bobby Thigpen is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Pitcher

26
106 66
Jesse Orosco is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Pitcher

27
146 99
Éric Gagné is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
C_Moorehead added Relief pitcher, Pitcher

28
110 125
Troy Percival is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

29
89 56
Roy Face is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Pitcher

30
140 192
Jonathan Papelbon is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time

31
79 56
Randy Myers is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
JoeVatalaro added Relief pitcher, Pitcher

32
61 60
Rick Aguilera is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Pitcher

33
56 45
Dick Radatz is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
MacSa added Relief pitcher, Pitcher

34
53 52
Steve Bedrosian is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
rcdwhiteley added Pitcher

35
62 44
Kerry Wood is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Relief pitcher, Pitcher

36
65 54
Tom Gordon is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Relief pitcher, Pitcher

37
50 44
John Hiller is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Pitcher

38
55 117
José Mesa is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Pitcher

39
49 41
Willie Hernández is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
MacSa added Pitcher

40
43 30
Ted Abernathy is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
MacSa added Relief pitcher

41
47 15
Kenley Jansen is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Hielo added Catcher, Pitcher

42
42 43
Bobby Shantz is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Pitcher

43
46 94
Roberto Hernández is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time

44
44 41
Jeff Montgomery is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Pitcher

45
67 63
Brad Lidge is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Pitcher

46
38 43
Lindy McDaniel is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Pitcher

47
40 40
Clay Carroll is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
MacSa added Pitcher

48
36 14
Andrew Miller is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Hielo added Starting pitcher, Pitcher

49
33 37
Dan Plesac is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
MacSa added Relief pitcher, Pitcher

50
43 53
Jason Isringhausen is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
rcdwhiteley added Relief pitcher, Pitcher