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
1,503 272
Mariano Rivera is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

2
672 294
Dennis Eckersley is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time

3
606 249
Goose Gossage is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Pitcher

4
553 248
Rollie Fingers is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Pitcher

5
544 239
Trevor Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

6
372 192
Bruce Sutter is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Pitcher

7
361 199
Lee Smith is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

8
296 156
Hoyt Wilhelm is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Pitcher

9
349 171
Billy Wagner is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
jangulo added Relief pitcher, Pitcher

10
295 170
Dan Quisenberry is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

11
264 148
Sparky Lyle is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

12
310 106
John Smoltz is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
rcdwhiteley added Starting pitcher, Pitcher

13
234 155
John Franco is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

14
224 155
Tug McGraw is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

15
389 199
Aroldis Chapman is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Countermoon added Pitcher

16
307 156
Craig Kimbrel is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
JoeVatalaro added Relief pitcher, Pitcher

17
175 152
Jeff Reardon is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

18
212 157
Francisco Rodríguez is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time

19
164 84
Dave Righetti is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
JoeVatalaro added Relief pitcher, Pitcher

20
188 152
Joe Nathan is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Relief pitcher, Setup pitcher, Pitcher

21
169 146
Kent Tekulve is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

22
134 133
Tom Henke is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

23
126 123
Mike Marshall is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Pitcher

24
150 143
John Wetteland is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

25
118 117
Bobby Thigpen is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Pitcher