Legendary Closers of Major League Baseball
With New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera's career in it's final season, we look at some of the more colorful shutdown artists who have pitched in the major leagues.
APRIL 30: Mariano Rivera #42 of the New York Yankees pitches against the Baltimore Orioles during their game on April 30, 2012 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City.
21 Oct 1998: Pitcher Mariano Rivera #42 of the New York Yankees celebrates following the 1998 World Series Game 4 against the San Diego Padres at the Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California. The Yankees defeated the Padres 3-0 to win the Series.
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JULY 17: Rollie Fingers look on as the Oakland Athletics celebrate the 30th anniversary of their 1974 World Championship team before the game against the Chicago White Sox at the Network Associates Coliseum on July 17, 2004 in Oakland, California.
3 Oct 1996: Pitcher Dennis Eckersley of the St. Louis Cardinals throws a pitch against the San Diego Padres in game 2 of the National League Divisional Playoffs at Busch Stadium in St Louis, Missouri.
APRIL 22: John Smoltz #29 of the Atlanta Braves pitches against the New York Mets during their game at Shea Stadium April 22, 2007 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York.
AUGUST 29: John Franco #45 of the New York Mets pitches in the eighth inning of a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on August 29, 2004 at Shea Stadium in Flushing, New York.
OCTOBER 07: Baseball: NLDS Playoffs, New York Mets Billy Wagner (13) in action, pitching vs Los Angeles Dodgers, Game 3, Los Angeles, CA 10/7/2006.
SEPTEMBER 17: Trevor Hoffman #51 of the San Diego Padres pitches during the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium during the game on September 17, 2006 in Los Angeles, California.
Former baseball player Richard Michael 'Goose' Gossage during New York Yankees vs Tampa Bay Rays. Bronx borough of New York City 7/17/2010.