ALL-TIME PLAYER RANKINGS

Relief Pitchers

Rankings
1
Mariano Rivera
In a class by himself. The most dominant reliever in the history of the game.
2
Hoyt Wilhelm
Amazing stretch of low ERAs even for his era. Mastered the knuckleball.
3
Goose Gossage
The most ferocious of the closers, he frequently entered games in the 7th, 8th.
4
Dennis Eckersley
The best of the one-inning specialists, exhibited masterful control.
5
John Hiller
6
Lindy McDaniel
7
Lee Smith
First of the close-the-door, one-inning closers. Deserves Hall consideration.
8
Bruce Sutter
Master of the split-finger pitch, won Cy Young Award.
9
Dan Quisenberry
Deserves serious HOF consideration. Was dominant for 5-year stretch.
10
Trevor Hoffman
Overshadowed by Rivera, was still a very good one-inning guy for a long time.
11
Billy Wagner
The tiny closer who threw lightning bolts. Top-ranked lefty reliever.
12
Rollie Fingers
From the era of firemen, who came in whenever the game was most on the line.
13
Kent Tekulve
The submariner was stingiest in surrendering home runs among top relievers.
14
Joe Nathan
15
Bobby Shantz
16
Sparky Lyle
Third straight lefty, he won a Cy Young and pitched lots of innings.
17
Tug McGraw
Was only great for a few seasons, but as clutch as there ever was.
18
Jesse Orosco
19
Firpo Marberry
20
Stu Miller
21
Dave Righetti
22
Turk Farrell
23
Jeff Reardon
Not far behind Smith and Hoffman, had a great fastball.
24
Mike Marshall
Nabbed Cy Young Award, pitched 90+ games three times.
25
F. Rodriguez
Like Quiz, had an awesome peak for 4-5 years. Lights out fastball.
26
John Wetteland
Very underrated reliever who had 40+ saves for three different teams.
27
R. Hernandez
A really good closer in the 1990s who stuck around for 17 years.
28
John Franco
Was a closer for 15 years, about as long as any hurler except Mo and a few others.
29
Tom Henke
Excellent Save percentage of 85% and very good ERA+ of 157 over 14 years.
30
Bob Stanley
31
Ellis Kinder
32
Don McMahon
33
Keith Foulke
34
Doug Jones
35
Jeff Montgomery
36
Mark Eichhorn
37
Ron Perranoski
38
Terry Forster
39
Roy Face
40
Rick Aguilera
41
J. Papelbon
42
Al Benton
43
Greg Harris
44
Gary Lavelle
45
John Wetteland
46
Clay Carroll
47
Armando Benitez
48
Troy Percival
49
Dick Radatz
50
Willie Hernandez