One of the dominant closers of his generation, Smith retired in 1997 as the all-time leader in saves with 478. The right-hander also established a since-broken NL record with 47 saves in 1991. He finished second to Tom Glavine in the Cy Young award balloting.
Runner-up: Andy Pettitte
Worthy of consideration:
Mike Flanagan and Dave Righetti
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