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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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873 140
Mariano Rivera is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Mariano Rivera Relief pitcher, Pitcher

2
402 135
Dennis Eckersley is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time

3
328 139
Rollie Fingers is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Rollie Fingers Pitcher

4
340 149
Goose Gossage is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Goose Gossage Pitcher

5
314 144
Trevor Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Trevor Hoffman Relief pitcher, Pitcher

6
218 108
Bruce Sutter is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Bruce Sutter Pitcher

7
216 116
Lee Smith is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Lee Smith Relief pitcher, Pitcher

8
190 81
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
186 94
Hoyt Wilhelm is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Hoyt Wilhelm Pitcher

10
197 99
Dan Quisenberry is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Dan Quisenberry Relief pitcher, Pitcher

11
155 89
Sparky Lyle is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Sparky Lyle Relief pitcher, Pitcher

12
157 89
John Franco is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
John Franco Relief pitcher, Pitcher

13
144 93
Tug McGraw is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Tug McGraw Relief pitcher, Pitcher

14
136 47
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
114 95
Jeff Reardon is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Jeff Reardon Relief pitcher, Pitcher

16
122 97
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
194 113
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
109 88
Kent Tekulve is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Kent Tekulve Relief pitcher, Pitcher

19
129 63
Craig Kimbrel is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
JoeVatalaro added Craig Kimbrel Relief pitcher, Pitcher

20
127 104
Francisco Rodríguez is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time

21
101 92
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
83 42
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
84 83
Mike Marshall is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Mike Marshall Pitcher

24
77 75
Bobby Thigpen is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Bobby Thigpen Pitcher

25
85 89
Tom Henke is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Tom Henke Relief pitcher, Pitcher

26
76 93
Troy Percival is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Troy Percival Relief pitcher, Pitcher

27
64 33
Roy Face is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Roy Face Pitcher

28
103 138
Jonathan Papelbon is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time

The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

29
92 71
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
62 42
Jesse Orosco is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Jesse Orosco Pitcher

31
43 40
Rick Aguilera is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Rick Aguilera Pitcher

32
51 42
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
38 28
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
38 21
Kerry Wood is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Kerry Wood Relief pitcher, Pitcher

35
33 31
Steve Bedrosian is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
rcdwhiteley added Steve Bedrosian Pitcher

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36
46 91
José Mesa is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
José Mesa Pitcher

37
30 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
33 24
Willie Hernández is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
MacSa added Willie Hernández Pitcher

39
31 21
Clay Carroll is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
MacSa added Clay Carroll Pitcher

40
31 24
Jeff Montgomery is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Jeff Montgomery Pitcher

41
38 76
Roberto Hernández is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time

42
28 29
Bobby Shantz is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Bobby Shantz Pitcher

The Best Hitters in Baseball History

43
42 39
Tom Gordon is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Tom Gordon Relief pitcher, Pitcher

44
27 25
Ron Perranoski is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Ron Perranoski Pitcher

45
29 31
John Hiller is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
slaft added John Hiller Pitcher

46
26 25
Lindy McDaniel is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Lindy McDaniel Pitcher

47
30 35
Jason Isringhausen is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
rcdwhiteley added Jason Isringhausen Relief pitcher, Pitcher

48
25 23
Keith Foulke is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Keith Foulke Relief pitcher, Pitcher

49
22 20
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 23
Pedro Borbón is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
MacSa added Pedro Borbón Pitcher