Best All-Time Closers: Top Ten Closers in Major League History

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Best All-Time Closers: Top Ten Closers in Major League History
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Closers are known to intimidate opponents

Closers shut the door.  The best closers usually psyche out batters even before they step in the batter’s box.  The ninth inning is their battleground and they normally come out on top.  

Today’s closer position is attributed to then-Oakland Athletics Manager Tony LaRussa bringing in Dennis Eckersley in the 9th inning during the 1988 season.  Charlie Sheen’s portrayal of Ricky “Wild Thing” Vaughn in Major League turned the position into a rock star of sorts.  

Like many trends in baseball, teams copied the A’s approach and the official closer position was born.  Yes, there had been closers in the past, but they mostly went 2 or even 3 innings to close the game out.

These days, there are a lot of closers getting roughed up early in the season and being replaced by the next man up.  Those teams obviously aren’t in line for a top ten closer.

I am rating the top 10 all-time closers with a culmination of factors: number of saves, reputation, selection of theme song to enter a game, attitude and appearance, and the downright ability to dominate.

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