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
1,301 227
Mariano Rivera is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

2
580 255
Dennis Eckersley is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time

3
521 223
Goose Gossage is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Pitcher

4
476 217
Rollie Fingers is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Pitcher

5
480 205
Trevor Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

6
322 166
Bruce Sutter is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Pitcher

7
316 170
Lee Smith is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

8
301 139
Billy Wagner is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
jangulo added Relief pitcher, Pitcher

9
256 135
Hoyt Wilhelm is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Pitcher

10
226 122
Sparky Lyle is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

11
260 148
Dan Quisenberry is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

12
249 84
John Smoltz is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
rcdwhiteley added Starting pitcher, Pitcher

13
205 132
John Franco is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

14
201 127
Tug McGraw is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

15
330 171
Aroldis Chapman is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Countermoon added Relief pitcher, Pitcher

16
254 119
Craig Kimbrel is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
JoeVatalaro added Relief pitcher, Pitcher

17
151 126
Jeff Reardon is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

18
136 68
Dave Righetti is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
JoeVatalaro added Relief pitcher, Pitcher

19
148 121
Kent Tekulve is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

20
184 138
Francisco Rodríguez is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time

21
161 133
Joe Nathan is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Relief pitcher, Setup pitcher, Pitcher

22
122 114
Tom Henke is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

23
137 119
John Wetteland is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

24
112 105
Mike Marshall is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Pitcher

25
105 100
Bobby Thigpen is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Pitcher

26
102 61
Jesse Orosco is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Pitcher

27
142 94
Éric Gagné is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
C_Moorehead added Relief pitcher, Pitcher

28
108 119
Troy Percival is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

29
87 51
Roy Face is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Pitcher

30
140 185
Jonathan Papelbon is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time

31
76 54
Randy Myers is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
JoeVatalaro added Relief pitcher, Pitcher

32
59 57
Rick Aguilera is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Pitcher

33
56 40
Dick Radatz is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
MacSa added Relief pitcher, Pitcher

34
51 48
Steve Bedrosian is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
rcdwhiteley added Pitcher

35
62 52
Tom Gordon is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Relief pitcher, Pitcher

36
48 41
John Hiller is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Pitcher

37
55 113
José Mesa is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Pitcher

38
47 38
Willie Hernández is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
MacSa added Pitcher

39
57 43
Kerry Wood is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Relief pitcher, Pitcher

40
44 10
Kenley Jansen is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Hielo added Catcher, Pitcher

41
41 27
Ted Abernathy is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
MacSa added Relief pitcher

42
42 39
Bobby Shantz is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Pitcher

43
44 37
Jeff Montgomery is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Pitcher

44
45 91
Roberto Hernández is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time

45
64 59
Brad Lidge is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Pitcher

46
37 40
Lindy McDaniel is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Pitcher

47
40 36
Clay Carroll is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
MacSa added Pitcher

48
33 11
Andrew Miller is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Hielo added Starting pitcher, Pitcher

49
45 43
Al Hrabosky is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Pitcher

50
32 34
Dan Plesac is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
MacSa added Relief pitcher, Pitcher