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List of the most famous relief pitchers, with pictures of the players when available. This list of greatest relief pitchers is listed by popularity, so the most recognizable relief pitchers are at the top of the list. People often debate over who the best relief pitcher of all time is, so use this list to see who you might want to put in the running for that title. The historic relief pitchers below may be currently active, while others have long retired from the game. Some of these players may be utility players, meaning they didn't always play relief pitcher during their time in the MLB.

The list you're viewing is made up of different items like Mariano Rivera and Brian Wilson.

This list answers the questions, "Who are the best relief pitchers of all time?" and "Who are the greatest MLB relief pitchers?"

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Mariano Rivera is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Baseball Relief Pitchers
Mariano Rivera Relief pitcher, Pitcher

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R. A. Dickey is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Baseball Relief Pitchers
R. A. Dickey Relief pitcher, Starting pitcher, Pitcher

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John Franco is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Baseball Relief Pitchers
John Franco Relief pitcher, Pitcher

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Trevor Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Baseball Relief Pitchers
Trevor Hoffman Relief pitcher, Pitcher

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Billy Wagner is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Baseball Relief Pitchers
Billy Wagner Relief pitcher, Pitcher

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Tug McGraw is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Baseball Relief Pitchers
Tug McGraw Relief pitcher, Pitcher

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Lee Smith is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Baseball Relief Pitchers
Lee Smith Relief pitcher, Pitcher

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Craig Kimbrel is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Baseball Relief Pitchers
Craig Kimbrel Relief pitcher, Pitcher

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Chris Sale is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Baseball Relief Pitchers
Chris Sale Relief pitcher, Starting pitcher, Pitcher

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Adam Wainwright is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Baseball Relief Pitchers
Adam Wainwright Relief pitcher, Starting pitcher

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Dan Quisenberry is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Baseball Relief Pitchers
Dan Quisenberry Relief pitcher, Pitcher

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John Wetteland is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Baseball Relief Pitchers
John Wetteland Relief pitcher, Pitcher

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Aroldis Chapman is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Baseball Relief Pitchers
Aroldis Chapman Relief pitcher, Pitcher

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Joe Nathan is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Baseball Relief Pitchers
Joe Nathan Relief pitcher, Setup pitcher, Pitcher

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Troy Percival is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Baseball Relief Pitchers
Troy Percival Relief pitcher, Pitcher

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Heath Bell is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Baseball Relief Pitchers
Heath Bell Relief pitcher, Pitcher

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Jeff Reardon is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Baseball Relief Pitchers
Jeff Reardon Relief pitcher, Pitcher

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Brian Wilson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Baseball Relief Pitchers
Brian Wilson Relief pitcher

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Éric Gagné is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Baseball Relief Pitchers
Éric Gagné Relief pitcher, Pitcher

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Randy Myers is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Baseball Relief Pitchers
Randy Myers Relief pitcher, Pitcher

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Sparky Lyle is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Baseball Relief Pitchers
Sparky Lyle Relief pitcher, Pitcher

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Dave Righetti is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Baseball Relief Pitchers
Dave Righetti Relief pitcher, Pitcher

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Rafael Soriano is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Baseball Relief Pitchers
Rafael Soriano Relief pitcher, Pitcher

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Tom Henke is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Baseball Relief Pitchers
Tom Henke Relief pitcher, Pitcher

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Kerry Wood is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Baseball Relief Pitchers
Kerry Wood Relief pitcher, Pitcher

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C.J. Wilson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Famous Baseball Relief Pitchers
C.J. Wilson Relief pitcher, Starting pitcher, Pitcher

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Francisco Cordero is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Famous Baseball Relief Pitchers
Francisco Cordero Relief pitcher, Pitcher

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José Valverde is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Famous Baseball Relief Pitchers
José Valverde Relief pitcher, Closer, Pitcher

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Jason Isringhausen is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Famous Baseball Relief Pitchers
Jason Isringhausen Relief pitcher, Pitcher

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Hisashi Iwakuma is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Famous Baseball Relief Pitchers
Hisashi Iwakuma Relief pitcher, Starting pitcher, Pitcher

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Grant Balfour is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of Famous Baseball Relief Pitchers
Grant Balfour Relief pitcher, Pitcher

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Koji Uehara is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Famous Baseball Relief Pitchers
Koji Uehara Relief pitcher, Pitcher

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Mike Adams is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Famous Baseball Relief Pitchers
Mike Adams Relief pitcher, Pitcher

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Jason Jennings is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of Famous Baseball Relief Pitchers
Jason Jennings Relief pitcher, Starting pitcher, Pitcher

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Jon Rauch is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Famous Baseball Relief Pitchers
Jon Rauch Relief pitcher, Pitcher

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Mike Stanton is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Famous Baseball Relief Pitchers
Mike Stanton Relief pitcher, Pitcher

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Kent Tekulve is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Famous Baseball Relief Pitchers
Kent Tekulve Relief pitcher, Pitcher

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Terry Forster is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of Famous Baseball Relief Pitchers
Terry Forster Relief pitcher, Pitcher

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Boof Bonser is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Famous Baseball Relief Pitchers
Boof Bonser Relief pitcher, Starting pitcher, Pitcher

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Miguel Batista is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Famous Baseball Relief Pitchers
Miguel Batista Relief pitcher, Starting pitcher, Pitcher

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Jesse Crain is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Famous Baseball Relief Pitchers
Jesse Crain Relief pitcher, Pitcher

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Brian Fuentes is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Famous Baseball Relief Pitchers
Brian Fuentes Relief pitcher, Pitcher

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David Robertson is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of Famous Baseball Relief Pitchers
David Robertson Relief pitcher, Pitcher

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Brandon League is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Famous Baseball Relief Pitchers
Brandon League Relief pitcher, Pitcher

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Craig Breslow is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of Famous Baseball Relief Pitchers
Craig Breslow Relief pitcher, Pitcher

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Joel Peralta is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Famous Baseball Relief Pitchers
Joel Peralta Relief pitcher, Pitcher

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Mike Zagurski is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Famous Baseball Relief Pitchers
Mike Zagurski Relief pitcher, Pitcher

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Sergio Romo is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of Famous Baseball Relief Pitchers
Sergio Romo Relief pitcher, Pitcher

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Joel Hanrahan is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Famous Baseball Relief Pitchers
Joel Hanrahan Relief pitcher, Closer, Pitcher

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Octavio Dotel is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Famous Baseball Relief Pitchers
Octavio Dotel Relief pitcher, Pitcher