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
1,305 228
Mariano Rivera is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

2
581 255
Dennis Eckersley is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time

3
522 224
Goose Gossage is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Pitcher

4
476 218
Rollie Fingers is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Pitcher

5
482 206
Trevor Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

6
322 167
Bruce Sutter is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Pitcher

7
317 171
Lee Smith is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

8
302 142
Billy Wagner is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
jangulo added Relief pitcher, Pitcher

9
256 136
Hoyt Wilhelm is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Pitcher

10
228 122
Sparky Lyle is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

11
262 148
Dan Quisenberry is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

12
250 84
John Smoltz is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
rcdwhiteley added Starting pitcher, Pitcher

13
206 134
John Franco is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

14
202 128
Tug McGraw is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

15
331 173
Aroldis Chapman is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Countermoon added Relief pitcher, Pitcher

16
254 121
Craig Kimbrel is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
JoeVatalaro added Relief pitcher, Pitcher

17
151 127
Jeff Reardon is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

18
138 68
Dave Righetti is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
JoeVatalaro added Relief pitcher, Pitcher

19
149 122
Kent Tekulve is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

20
184 139
Francisco Rodríguez is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time

21
162 133
Joe Nathan is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Relief pitcher, Setup pitcher, Pitcher

22
138 119
John Wetteland is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

23
122 115
Tom Henke is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

24
112 106
Mike Marshall is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Pitcher

25
106 100
Bobby Thigpen is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Pitcher

26
103 61
Jesse Orosco is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Pitcher

27
109 119
Troy Percival is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

28
143 95
Éric Gagné is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
C_Moorehead added Relief pitcher, Pitcher

29
87 52
Roy Face is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Pitcher

30
140 186
Jonathan Papelbon is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time

31
77 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 58
Rick Aguilera is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Pitcher

33
56 41
Dick Radatz is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
MacSa added Relief pitcher, Pitcher

34
52 48
Steve Bedrosian is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
rcdwhiteley added Pitcher

35
63 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
58 43
Kerry Wood is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Relief pitcher, Pitcher

38
55 114
José Mesa is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Pitcher

39
47 39
Willie Hernández is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
MacSa added Pitcher

40
41 28
Ted Abernathy is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
MacSa added Relief pitcher

41
44 11
Kenley Jansen is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Hielo added Catcher, Pitcher

42
42 40
Bobby Shantz is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Pitcher

43
44 38
Jeff Montgomery is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Pitcher

44
45 92
Roberto Hernández is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time

45
65 59
Brad Lidge is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Pitcher

46
37 41
Lindy McDaniel is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
slaft added Pitcher

47
40 37
Clay Carroll is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
MacSa added Pitcher

48
34 11
Andrew Miller is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Hielo added Starting pitcher, Pitcher

49
33 34
Dan Plesac is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
MacSa added Relief pitcher, Pitcher

50
45 44
Al Hrabosky is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Pitcher