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

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

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

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

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

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

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Billy Wagner is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
jangulo added Billy Wagner Relief pitcher, Pitcher

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Dave Righetti is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
JoeVatalaro added Dave Righetti Relief pitcher, Pitcher

The Greatest Baseball Players of All Time

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Éric Gagné is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
C_Moorehead added Éric Gagné Relief pitcher, Pitcher

The Greatest Second Basemen of All Time

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

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

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

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Randy Myers is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
JoeVatalaro added Randy Myers Relief pitcher, Pitcher

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

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

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José Mesa is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
José Mesa Pitcher

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

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

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

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Kerry Wood is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Kerry Wood Relief pitcher, Pitcher

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

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

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

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

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

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Clay Carroll is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
MacSa added Clay Carroll Pitcher

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Brad Lidge is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Brad Lidge Pitcher

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Dan Plesac is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
MacSa added Dan Plesac Relief pitcher, Pitcher

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Jason Isringhausen is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
rcdwhiteley added Jason Isringhausen Relief pitcher, Pitcher

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Kenley Jansen is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Hielo added Kenley Jansen Catcher, Pitcher

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Ron Perranoski is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Ron Perranoski Pitcher