All-time winners

Relief Man Award

From 1976-2012, the top relievers in each league were honored with the Relief Man Award. After a one-year hiatus, the awards were replaced with the Mariano Rivera and Trevor Hoffman Awards in 2014.

Year Player Team Position
2012 Craig Kimbrel Atlanta RP
2011 John Axford Milwaukee RP
2010 Heath Bell San Diego RP
2009 Heath Bell San Diego RP
2008 Brad Lidge Philadelphia RP
2007 Jose Valverde Arizona RP
2006 Trevor Hoffman San Diego RP
2005 Chad Cordero Washington RP
2004 Eric Gagne Los Angeles RP
2003 Eric Gagne Los Angeles RP
2002 John Smoltz Atlanta RP
2001 Armando Benitez NY Mets RP
2000 Antonio Alfonseca Florida RP
1999 Billy Wagner Houston RP
1998 Trevor Hoffman San Diego RP
1997 Jeff Shaw Cincinnati RP
1996 Jeff Brantley Cincinnati RP
1995 Tom Henke St. Louis RP
1994 Rod Beck San Francisco RP
1993 Randy Myers Chi Cubs RP
1992 Lee Smith St. Louis RP
1991 Lee Smith St. Louis RP
1990 John Franco NY Mets RP
1989 Mark Davis San Diego RP
1988 John Franco Cincinnati RP
1987 Steve Bedrosian Philadelphia RP
1986 Todd Worrell St. Louis RP
1985 Jeff Reardon Montreal RP
1984 Bruce Sutter St. Louis RP
1983 Al Holland Philadelphia RP
1982 Bruce Sutter St. Louis RP
1981 Bruce Sutter St. Louis RP
1980 Rollie Fingers San Diego RP
1979 Bruce Sutter Chi Cubs RP
1978 Rollie Fingers San Diego RP
1977 Rollie Fingers San Diego RP
1976 Rawly Eastwick Cincinnati RP