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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
1,049 175
Mariano Rivera is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Mariano Rivera Relief pitcher, Pitcher

2
472 182
Dennis Eckersley is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time

3
421 180
Goose Gossage is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Goose Gossage Pitcher

4
394 169
Rollie Fingers is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Rollie Fingers Pitcher

5
378 171
Trevor Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Trevor Hoffman Relief pitcher, Pitcher

6
268 128
Bruce Sutter is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Bruce Sutter Pitcher

7
259 137
Lee Smith is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Lee Smith Relief pitcher, Pitcher

8
235 101
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
230 116
Dan Quisenberry is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Dan Quisenberry Relief pitcher, Pitcher

10
214 113
Hoyt Wilhelm is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Hoyt Wilhelm Pitcher

11
184 101
Sparky Lyle is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Sparky Lyle Relief pitcher, Pitcher

12
178 104
John Franco is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
John Franco Relief pitcher, Pitcher

13
166 104
Tug McGraw is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Tug McGraw Relief pitcher, Pitcher

14
179 61
John Smoltz is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
rcdwhiteley added John Smoltz Starting pitcher, Pitcher

The Greatest Catchers of All Time

15
130 104
Jeff Reardon is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Jeff Reardon Relief pitcher, Pitcher

16
243 133
Aroldis Chapman is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Countermoon added Aroldis Chapman Relief pitcher, Pitcher

17
177 81
Craig Kimbrel is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
JoeVatalaro added Craig Kimbrel Relief pitcher, Pitcher

18
124 101
Kent Tekulve is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Kent Tekulve Relief pitcher, Pitcher

19
150 115
Francisco Rodríguez is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time

20
140 112
Joe Nathan is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Joe Nathan Relief pitcher, Setup pitcher, Pitcher

21
96 92
Mike Marshall is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Mike Marshall Pitcher

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22
115 107
John Wetteland is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
John Wetteland Relief pitcher, Pitcher

23
105 99
Tom Henke is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Tom Henke Relief pitcher, Pitcher

24
101 55
Dave Righetti is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
JoeVatalaro added Dave Righetti Relief pitcher, Pitcher

25
88 87
Bobby Thigpen is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Bobby Thigpen Pitcher

26
91 102
Troy Percival is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Troy Percival Relief pitcher, Pitcher

27
121 154
Jonathan Papelbon is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time

28
78 53
Jesse Orosco is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Jesse Orosco Pitcher

The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

29
114 80
Éric Gagné is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
C_Moorehead added Éric Gagné Relief pitcher, Pitcher

30
73 45
Roy Face is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Roy Face Pitcher

31
49 48
Rick Aguilera is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Rick Aguilera Pitcher

32
49 34
Dick Radatz is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
MacSa added Dick Radatz Relief pitcher, Pitcher

33
59 47
Randy Myers is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
JoeVatalaro added Randy Myers Relief pitcher, Pitcher

34
42 39
Steve Bedrosian is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
rcdwhiteley added Steve Bedrosian Pitcher

35
51 101
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
45 30
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
40 32
Willie Hernández is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
MacSa added Willie Hernández Pitcher

38
51 44
Tom Gordon is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Tom Gordon Relief pitcher, Pitcher

39
39 36
John Hiller is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
slaft added John Hiller Pitcher

40
42 81
Roberto Hernández is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time

41
32 24
Ted Abernathy is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
MacSa added Ted Abernathy Relief pitcher

42
35 27
Clay Carroll is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
MacSa added Clay Carroll Pitcher

The Best Hitters in Baseball History

43
34 35
Bobby Shantz is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Bobby Shantz Pitcher

44
35 30
Jeff Montgomery is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Jeff Montgomery Pitcher

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

46
35 39
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
29 32
Ron Perranoski is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Ron Perranoski Pitcher

48
25 27
Dan Plesac is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
MacSa added Dan Plesac Relief pitcher, Pitcher

49
48 52
Brad Lidge is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Brad Lidge Pitcher

50
32 30
Keith Foulke is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Keith Foulke Relief pitcher, Pitcher