Mariano Rivera, the all-time leader in games finished.
Mariano Rivera, the all-time leader in games finished.

In baseball statistics, a relief pitcher is credited with a game finished (denoted by GF) if he is the last pitcher to pitch for his team in a game. A starting pitcher is not credited with a GF for pitching a complete game.

Mariano Rivera[1][2][3] is the all-time leader in games finished with 952. Rivera is the only pitcher in MLB history to finish more than 900 career games. Trevor Hoffman[4] and Lee Smith[5] are the only other pitchers to finish more than 800 games in their careers.

Key

Rank Rank amongst leaders in career games finished. A blank field indicates a tie.
Player (2022 GF) Number of games finished during the 2022 Major League Baseball season
GF Total career games finished
* Denotes elected to National Baseball Hall of Fame.
Bold Denotes active player.[note 1]

List

Kenley Jansen, the active leader in games finished and 25th all-time.
Kenley Jansen, the active leader in games finished and 25th all-time.
Rank Player (2022 GF) GF
1 Mariano Rivera * 952
2 Trevor Hoffman * 856
3 Lee Smith * 802
4 John Franco 774
5 Rollie Fingers * 709
6 Billy Wagner 703
7 Jeff Reardon 695
8 Goose Gossage * 681
9 Francisco Rodríguez 677
10 Roberto Hernández 667
11 Hoyt Wilhelm * 651
12 Doug Jones 640
13 Kent Tekulve 638
14 Sparky Lyle 634
15 José Mesa 633
16 Todd Jones 619
17 Gene Garber 609
18 Fernando Rodney 590
19 Joe Nathan 587
20 Jonathan Papelbon 585
21 Dennis Eckersley * 577
Lindy McDaniel 577
23 Francisco Cordero 575
24 Roy Face 574
25 Kenley Jansen (47) 566
26 Craig Kimbrel (44) 564
27 Rick Aguilera 557
28 Dan Quisenberry 553
29 Mike Marshall 549
Jeff Montgomery 549
Robb Nen 549
32 Tom Henke 548
Randy Myers 548
34 Troy Percival 546
35 Tug McGraw 541
36 Armando Benítez 527
37 Huston Street 525
38 John Wetteland 523
39 José Valverde 520
40 Rod Beck 519
41 Bruce Sutter * 512
42 Bob Wickman 511
43 Don McMahon 505
44 Jesse Orosco 501
45 Jason Isringhausen 499
46 Aroldis Chapman (17) 482
47 Dave Righetti 474
48 Mike Timlin 467
49 Ron Perranoski 458
50 Todd Worrell 456
Rank Player (2022 GF) GF
51 Bill Campbell 455
52 Mark Melancon (45) 451
53 Gregg Olson 447
54 Steve Bedrosian 439
55 Mike Henneman 432
Dave Smith 432
57 Roger McDowell 430
58 Joakim Soria 427
59 Mike Jackson 422
Dan Plesac 422
61 Willie Hernández 419
Mitch Williams 419
63 Darold Knowles 417
64 Ted Abernathy 416
65 Greg Minton 415
66 Ugueth Urbina 408
67 Keith Foulke 406
Stu Miller 406
69 Eddie Guardado 401
70 Gary Lavelle 399
71 Jeff Shaw 384
72 Kevin Gregg 382
73 Brian Fuentes 381
Dave LaRoche 381
75 Dave Giusti 380
76 Jeff Brantley 379
77 Bob Stanley 377
78 Clay Carroll 373
LaTroy Hawkins 373
80 Tom Burgmeier 370
81 Brad Lidge 368
82 John Hiller 363
Mike Stanton 363
84 Danny Graves 360
Jay Howell 360
86 J. J. Putz 357
87 Bobby Thigpen 356
88 Greg Holland (2) 355
89 Jim Brewer 351
90 Tom Gordon 347
91 Eddie Fisher 344
92 Rafael Soriano 343
93 Frank Linzy 342
94 Ron Davis 340
Jeff Russell 340
96 Ron Kline 338
97 Mark Clear 337
98 Elías Sosa 330
99 Billy Koch 325
100 Jim Johnson 324

Notes

  1. ^ A player is considered inactive if he has announced his retirement or not played for a full season.

References

  1. ^ "Mariano Rivera Career Stats". Baseball Reference. Retrieved July 28, 2021.
  2. ^ Cohen, Alan. "Mariano Rivera Bio". Society For American Baseball Research. Retrieved July 28, 2021.
  3. ^ "Mariano Rivera Hall of Fame Profile". National Baseball Hall of Fame. Retrieved August 1, 2021.
  4. ^ "Trevor Hoffman Career Stats". Baseball Reference. Retrieved July 28, 2021.
  5. ^ "Lee Smith Career Stats". Baseball Reference. Retrieved July 28, 2021.