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As a kid, Wagner was a natural right handed thrower, but after multiple breaks to his throwing arm, taught himself to throw left handed against a barn door. This 5 ti all star won the Rolaids Relief Man of the Year award in 1999 Nike Air Max 90 Sale UK , and is rapidly approhing 1,000 career strikeouts. 7. Rich "Goose'' Gossage Another intimidating figure on the mound, Gossage sported wild fial hair, and a blazing fastball. The "Goose" spent ti with 9 different major league teams, and finied with 310 career saves, good for 4th all ti. Goose played in the league a remarkable 22 years, leading the AL in saves 3 different seasons. Gossage was given credit, along with Ron Davis of the 70's and 80's Yankees, for pioneering the setup mancloser pairing role. Gossage was voted into the MLB hall of fa in 2008, with a convincing 85.8 % vote. 6. Troy Percival - Tampa Bay Rays This 4 ti all-star continues to amass saves (343 career) with the upstart Tampa Bay Rays this year, currently with baseball's best record. He had a career-high 42 saves in 1998, and enjoyed his best season in 2002 with a 4-1 record, 40 saves, 68 strikeouts, and a 1.92 ERA that year. His fast ball once was consistently clocked beeen 96-100mph, aiding in his dominating 763 career strikeouts. 5. Bruce Sutter - St. Louis Cardinals Sutter is maybe best known for being the inventor of the split-finger fastball, which he called his "Jewel." Dominating for the Cards in the 70's and 80's Cheap Nike Air Max 90 UK , he beca the only player to lead the NL in saves 5 tis. Winning four relief Pitcher of the Year Awards, and the 1979 Cy Young, Sutter dominated with his splitter to overe his lk of velocity. Sutter was inducted into the hall of fa in 2006 after saving 300 career gas. 4. Rollie Fingers - Brewers Rollie Fingers was a very noticeable figure on the mound, and beca famous for his stand out "handlebar mousthe." Fingers was much more about the musthe however, as he won the 1974 World Series MVP by saving o gas and winning another for the Oakland A's. In 1981, the he won both the Cy Young and MVP awards when he saved 28 gas and posted a 1.04 ERA for the Brewers. By the ti his career ended in 1985, Fingers had 341 saves and a career ERA of 2.90. He was inducted into the Hall of Fa in 1992 and wore his famous handlebar mousthe proudly. 3. Dennis Eckersley - Oakland A's Eck arrived in Oakland in 1987, and many people thought his career was over. Needless to say, his career as a closer was just getting started, as manager Tony LaRussa appointed him to that role. Eckersley only responded with 53 saves in 1988, and 390 saves for his career, ranking him 5 th all ti. LaRussa's revolutionary move of letting Eck pitch only 1 inning per ga, when the ga was close, was a revolutionary move at the ti. This move let Eck win the Cy Young, MVP, and gain a Hall of Fa induction in 2004. 2. Mariano Rivera - New York Yankees Best known for his unhittable "cutter," Mariano Rivera continues to be lights out for the Yankees today. His cutter moves IN on the hands of hitters nike air max 90 all red for sale , making it nearly impossible to make contt with, let alone hit. Rivera has 4 world series rings, a world series MVP, and 413 career saves; a resu that speaks for itself. Rivera has an UNDER 1.00 ERA in postseason play, making him one of the most, if not THE most, clutch relievers of all-ti. And the Pro Baseball Fans & MLBcenter. best closer of all-ti is... #1. 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