Jeff Reardon

It’s not that evident that Reardon doesn’t belong in the same class as Lee Smith and Trevor Hoffman, both of whom will probably be elected to the Hall of Fame. Reardon may have had as big an impact on any single pennant race as any other reliever in history, though Tug McGraw (1973 Mets), Rollie Fingers (1981 Brewers) and John Wetteland (1996 Yankees) would have a case. In 1987, Reardon saved five games in six days in late September for the Minnesota Twins, helping them squeak past their rivals in the AL West. He threw harder than any other pitcher in the Top 20 other than Gossage and Wagner. He’s the only pitcher to save as many as 40 games in a season for three different teams.