Originally written on Burning River Baseball  |  Last updated 10/20/14
The Cleveland Indians began using good pitchers in the bullpen for the first time in the 1940's, but it was still of a time when the starting pitcher felt the need to complete every single game. As time has went on, the relief pitcher position has become more specialized, with players being used in important, late game situations rather than simply as mop up men. This list includes pitchers of both varieties, ranging from the 1941 Indians to the present day. While it takes at least 200 innings to get noticed for the rankings, relief pitchers are judged more on their average performance than their cumulative totals. Longevity still counts, but much more important is the players effectiveness during their time with the team. This list only includes right handed relievers, while the left handed list can be found here. 10. Ed Klieman - Years as Relief Pitcher - 1943-1948 Despite pretty good average numbers, Klieman holds a precarious place at the end of this count down. An a...
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