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
Dennis Eckersley
The best of the one-inning specialists, exhibited masterful control.
4
Goose Gossage
The most ferocious of the closers, he frequently entered games in the 7th, 8th.
5
Rollie Fingers
From the era of firemen, who came in whenever the game was most on the line.
6
Dan Quisenberry
Deserves serious HOF consideration. Was dominant for 5-year stretch.
7
Bruce Sutter
Master of the split-finger pitch, won Cy Young Award.
8
Trevor Hoffman
Overshadowed by Rivera, was still a very good one-inning guy for a long time.
9
Lee Smith
First of the close-the-door, one-inning closers. Deserves Hall consideration.
10
Jeff Reardon
Not far behind Smith and Hoffman, had a great fastball.
11
Billy Wagner
The tiny closer who threw lightning bolts. Top-ranked lefty reliever.
12
Tug McGraw
Was only great for a few seasons, but as clutch as there ever was.
13
Sparky Lyle
Third straight lefty, he won a Cy Young and pitched lots of innings.
14
Mike Marshall
Nabbed Cy Young Award, pitched 90+ games three times.
15
F. Rodriguez
Like Quiz, had an awesome peak for 4-5 years. Lights out fastball.
16
John Wetteland
Very underrated reliever who had 40+ saves for three different teams.
17
Kent Tekulve
The submariner was stingiest in surrendering home runs among top relievers.
18
R. Hernandez
A really good closer in the 1990s who stuck around for 17 years.
19
John Franco
Was a closer for 15 years, about as long as any hurler except Mo and a few others.
20
Tom Henke
Excellent Save percentage of 85% and very good ERA+ of 157 over 14 years.