After doing the 1994 sub-set and then doing what would be The Prowling Cat 2012 Firemen sub-set. I'm just not yet willing to let this series die off yet. So what is the next progression of this series you ask? Odds are you already knew when you saw this was version 3.0 that this was going to be the all-time group. As was with the 2012 set I'm not going to put these in my top ten order. Personally I feel that on a few of these guy's I'm putting myself out there just by doing the ten guys. Unlike the 2012 set, no cards were harmed in the making of this set. It's a shame I know but one card going down was enough.
2. Tug McGraw- Considered by some as one of the pioneers of the reliever position. In 1972 Tug set the Mets save record at 27. The record was his until 1984 when Jesse Orosco took over with 31 saves.
4. Billy Wagner- The one player in this set that doesn't stick out and make you stand up saying he needs to be in this group. Wagner is just one of those players that stepped in and got the job done without all the flash of most the greats. During his career Wagner was a 7 time all-star, recorded 422 saves and 1,196 strikeouts
6. Hoyt Wilhelm- A knuckleballer who played for 10 teams throughout his career. Hoyt is credited as being one of the pioneers of relief pitching. The use of Wilhelm as a reliever started teams towards finding pitchers of their own to come in and secure the lead. The first reliever elected to the Baseball Hall Of Fame.
8. Rollie Fingers- Regarded as another of the pioneers instrumental in modern day relieving. Rollie became only the second closer inducted into the Baseball Hall Of Fame. Remembered by everyone for the handlebar mustache, he was an intimidator. Accomplishing many feats never imagined for the reliever position. Rollie was a 7 time all-star, 1981 American League Cy Young winner, the 1974 World Series MVP. Last but not least he was the second of only four relievers to ever win Baseball biggest award the MVP for the American League.
10. Dennis Eckersley- A closer I remember for his days with the Cubs and then Athletics. Eckersley wasn't a great starter for the Cubs, it wasn't until being traded to the Athletics that Eckersley became a closer. In 1988 his first full season in the role. Eckersley immediately established himself as one of the top all time closers with 45 saves. The fourth and to date last closer to win the MVP award in 1992 when he saved 51 games. Along with the MVP he was a 6 time all-star, and another of the five Baseball Hall Of Fame closers.