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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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809 126
Mariano Rivera is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Mariano Rivera Relief pitcher, Pitcher

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2
379 122
Dennis Eckersley is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time

3
308 123
Rollie Fingers is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Rollie Fingers Pitcher

4
289 130
Trevor Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Trevor Hoffman Relief pitcher, Pitcher

5
313 137
Goose Gossage is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Goose Gossage Pitcher

6
200 100
Bruce Sutter is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Bruce Sutter Pitcher

7
201 106
Lee Smith is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Lee Smith Relief pitcher, Pitcher

8
187 94
Dan Quisenberry is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Dan Quisenberry Relief pitcher, Pitcher

9
176 91
Hoyt Wilhelm is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Hoyt Wilhelm Pitcher

10
176 77
Billy Wagner is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
jangulo added Billy Wagner Relief pitcher, Pitcher

11
144 84
Sparky Lyle is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Sparky Lyle Relief pitcher, Pitcher

12
148 86
John Franco is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
John Franco Relief pitcher, Pitcher

13
136 91
Tug McGraw is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Tug McGraw Relief pitcher, Pitcher

14
109 92
Jeff Reardon is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Jeff Reardon Relief pitcher, Pitcher

15
123 43
John Smoltz is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
rcdwhiteley added John Smoltz Starting pitcher, Pitcher

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16
114 92
Joe Nathan is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Joe Nathan Relief pitcher, Setup pitcher, Pitcher

17
181 106
Aroldis Chapman is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Countermoon added Aroldis Chapman Relief pitcher, Pitcher

18
117 56
Craig Kimbrel is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
JoeVatalaro added Craig Kimbrel Relief pitcher, Pitcher

19
120 101
Francisco Rodríguez is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time

20
106 86
Kent Tekulve is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Kent Tekulve Relief pitcher, Pitcher

21
99 90
John Wetteland is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
John Wetteland Relief pitcher, Pitcher

22
75 73
Bobby Thigpen is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Bobby Thigpen Pitcher

23
80 81
Mike Marshall is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Mike Marshall Pitcher

24
75 40
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
81 87
Tom Henke is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Tom Henke Relief pitcher, Pitcher

26
75 88
Troy Percival is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Troy Percival Relief pitcher, Pitcher

27
98 134
Jonathan Papelbon is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time

28
59 32
Roy Face is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Roy Face Pitcher

29
88 65
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

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30
54 41
Jesse Orosco is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Jesse Orosco Pitcher

31
39 40
Rick Aguilera is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Rick Aguilera Pitcher

32
36 26
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
47 42
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
45 88
José Mesa is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
José Mesa Pitcher

35
33 20
Kerry Wood is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Kerry Wood Relief pitcher, Pitcher

36
31 29
Steve Bedrosian is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
rcdwhiteley added Steve Bedrosian Pitcher

37
28 18
Ted Abernathy is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
MacSa added Ted Abernathy Relief pitcher

38
29 19
Clay Carroll is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
MacSa added Clay Carroll Pitcher

39
29 22
Jeff Montgomery is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Jeff Montgomery Pitcher

40
36 75
Roberto Hernández is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time

41
27 27
Bobby Shantz is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Bobby Shantz Pitcher

42
26 23
Ron Perranoski is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Ron Perranoski Pitcher

43
27 23
Willie Hernández is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
MacSa added Willie Hernández Pitcher

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26 23
Lindy McDaniel is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Lindy McDaniel Pitcher

45
37 38
Tom Gordon is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Tom Gordon Relief pitcher, Pitcher

46
28 32
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
25 29
John Hiller is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
slaft added John Hiller Pitcher

48
23 22
Don McMahon is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Don McMahon Pitcher

49
20 18
Dan Plesac is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
MacSa added Dan Plesac Relief pitcher, Pitcher

50
24 68
Dave Giusti is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Dave Giusti Pitcher