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Last Updated: May 18, 2020

The Top Ten Greatest MLB Relief Pitchers of All Time

10.) Robb Nen

  • Robb Nen played for the Texas Rangers, the Florida Marlins, and the San Francisco Giants.
  • World Series Champion (1997)
  • National League Saves Leader (2001)

9.) Troy Percival

  • Troy Percival played for the California / Anaheim Angels, the Detroit Tigers, the St. Louis Cardinals, and the Tampa Bay Rays.
  • World Series Champion (2002)
  • 4 Time MLB All Star (1996, 1998, 1999, 2001)

8.) Billy Wagner

  • Billy Wagner played for the Houston Astros, Philadelphia Phillies, the New York Mets, the Boston Red Sox, and the Atlanta Braves.
  • National League Rolaids Relief Man Award (1999)
  • Pitched a combined no-hitter on June 11, 2003

7.) Bruce Sutter

  • Bruce Sutter played for the Chicago Cubs, the St. Louis Cardinals, and the Atlanta Braves.
  • World Series Champion (1982)
  • National League Cy Young Award (1979)

6.) Trevor Hoffman

  • Trevor Hoffman played for the Florida Marlins, the San Diego Padres, and the Milwaukee Brewers.
  • 2 Time National League Rolaids Relief Man Award (1998, 2006)
  • 2 Time National League Saves Leader (1998, 2006)

5.) Lee Smith

  • Lee Smith played for the Chicago Cubs, the Boston Red Sox, the St. Louis Cardinals, the New York Yankees, the Baltimore Orioles, the California Angels, the Cincinnati Reds, and the Montreal Expos.
  • 3 Time Rolaids Relief Man Award (1991, 1992, 1994)
  • 4 Time Saves Leader (1983, 1991, 1992, 1994)

4.) Rich “Goose” Gossage

  • Rich “Goose” Gossage played for the Chicago White Sox, the Pittsburgh Pirates, the New York Yankees, the San Diego Padres, the Chicago Cubs, the San Francisco Giants, the Fukuoka Daiei Hawks, the Texas Rangers, the Oakland Athletics, and the Seattle Mariners.
  • World Series Champion (1978)
  • American League Rolaids Relief Man Award (1978)

3.) Rollie Fingers

  • Rollie Fingers played for the Oakland Athletics, the San Diego Padres, and the Milwaukee Brewers.
  • 3 Time World Series Champion (1972, 1973, 1974)
  • American League MVP (1981)

2.) Dennis Eckersley

  • Dennis Eckersley played for the Cleveland Indians, the Boston Red Sox, the Chicago Cubs, the Oakland Athletics, and the St. Louis Cardinals.
  • World Series Champion (1989)
  • American League MVP (1992)

1.) Mariano Rivera

  • Mariano Rivera played for the New York Yankees from 1995 to 2013.
  • 5 Time World Series Champion (1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2009)
  • MLB Record 652 Career Saves

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