The closer is one of the most important parts of a game. They save the game or hold off the other team from scoring to ensure a victory. The AL award is named after the best closer in the history of the AL, Mariano Rivera. The NL award is named after the best NL Closer ever, Trevor Hoffman. 

Enough intro, and without further ado, the Mariano Rivera Reliever of the Year award winner is the Boston Red Sox Craig Kimbrel. Kimberly went 5-0 this season with a 1.43 ERA in 67 games. He finished the season with 35 Saves and 126 strikeouts in 69.0 inning. He also recorded the 78th ever immaculate inning in MLB history, which is when you strike out three batters in nine pitches. 

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The 2017 winner of the Trevor Hoffman Reliever of the Year winner is the Los Angeles Dodgers Kenley Jansen. Jansen also went 5-0 this season with a 2.08 ERA in 65 games. During this season he ended with a league leading 41 saves and 109 strikeouts in 68.1 innings. Jansen recorded the 79th immaculate inning in MLB history just a week after Kimbrel earlier this season. 

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