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Top Ten Pitchers of all Time

Cy Young​
Cy Young​

The Cy Young Award was created in 1956 as an award intended to recognize the best pitcher in the league. The award is named after Hall of Fame pitcher Cy Young, who is regarded as one of the best pitchers of all time in Major League Baseball.

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Sandy Koufax​
Sandy Koufax​

No. 1: Sandy Koufax (6,381 first-place votes, 135,389 points) When you talk about the greatest left-handed pitchers of all time, you start with Koufax, add in Warren Spahn, Lefty Grove, Randy Johnson and Steve Carlton and figure it out from there.

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Randy ​Johnson​
Randy ​Johnson​

Randy Johnson was arguably the most overpowering starting pitcher in Major League Baseball history, but the Big Unit wasn't quite good enough to rank No. 1 on Bleacher Report's list of the 10 greatest ever...

Nolan Ryan​
Nolan Ryan​

Ryan is the all-time leader in no-hitters with seven, three more than any other pitcher. He is tied with Bob Feller for the most one-hitters, with 12. Ryan also pitched 18 two-hitters.

Clayton ​Kershaw​
Clayton ​Kershaw​

Clayton Kershaw could become the greatest pitcher of all time By Neil Greenberg May 17, 2016 Email the author Follow @ngreenberg Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers is making a case to be the greatest pitcher of all time. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Roger ​Clemens​
Roger ​Clemens​

William Roger Clemens (born August 4, 1962), nicknamed "Rocket", is an American former baseball pitcher who played 24 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB) for four teams. Clemens was one of the most dominant pitchers in major league history, tallying 354 wins, a 3.12 earned run average (ERA), and 4,672 strikeouts, the third-most all time.

Pedro ​Martínez​
Pedro ​Martínez​

Taking a cue from stories where we ranked all-time Elo seasons in other sports, we rated the greatest pitching seasons 4 according to Pitcher Score by blending three metrics for each season: a pitcher’s peak rating, his average rating throughout the entire season, and his final, end-of-season rating.

Bob Gibson​
Bob Gibson​

Gibson became the only pitcher to be on the mound for the final out of Game 7 of a World Series multiple times. 1968—Year of the Pitcher. The 1968 season became known as "The Year of the Pitcher", and Gibson was at the forefront of pitching dominance.

Greg Maddux​
Greg Maddux​

In 1994, Atlanta’s Greg Maddux staged an all-out assault on big-league batters. At the time of the season-ending players’ strike, Maddux had a microscopic 1.56 ERA, the lowest WHIP in the majors by a mile — and he was within decimal points of becoming the new all-time leader in Pitcher Score.

Tom Seaver​
Tom Seaver​

Tom Terrific is not mentioned as often as it should be when people discuss the greatest pitchers of all time. People rightly list guys like Cy Young, Nolan Ryan, Walter Johnson, and Lefty Grove, but in my opinion, Seaver should be ranked right up there with the all-time greats.

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Walter ​Johnson​
Walter ​Johnson​

The Bethesda Big Train, a summer collegiate baseball team based in Bethesda, Maryland, is named in his honor and features a Walter Johnson sculpture in front of their stadium. The baseball field in Memorial Park, in Weiser, Idaho, is called Walter Johnson Field.

Babe Ruth​
Babe Ruth​

Ruth is regarded as one of the greatest sports heroes in American culture and is considered by many to be the greatest baseball player of all time. In 1936, Ruth was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame as one of its "first five" inaugural members.

Lefty Grove​
Lefty Grove​

Robert Moses Grove should be on the short list for greatest left-hander of all time, or greatest pitcher of either hand for that matter. He won nine ERA titles, the most ever, and his .680 career winning percentage trails only Whitey Ford and Pedro Martinez among pitchers who won 200 games since 1900.

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Christy ​Mathewson​
Christy ​Mathewson​

ESPN selected his pitching performance in the 1905 World Series as the greatest playoff performance of all time. During World War II, a 422-foot Liberty ship named in his honor, SS Christy Mathewson, was built in Richmond, California in 1943.

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Steve Carlton​
Steve Carlton​

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Warren ​Spahn​
Warren ​Spahn​

Warren Spahn. Warren Edward Spahn (April 23, 1921 – November 24, 2003) was a Major League Baseball left-handed pitcher who played his entire 21-year baseball career in the National League. He won 20 games or more in 13 seasons, including a 23–7 record when he was age 42.

Grover ​Cleveland Alexander​
Grover ​Cleveland Alexander​

Grover Cleveland Alexander, byname Old Pete, (born February 26, 1887, Elba, Nebraska, U.S.—died November 4, 1950, St. Paul, Nebraska), American professional baseball player, one of the finest right-handed pitchers in the history of the game, frequently considered the greatest master of control.

Curt Schilling​
Curt Schilling​

Schilling was once again runner-up in Cy Young voting in 2004, this time to Minnesota Twins hurler Johan Santana, who was a unanimous selection, receiving all 28 first-place votes. Schilling received 27 of the 28 second-place votes.

Bob Feller​
Bob Feller​

Feller was ranked 36th on Sporting News's list of the 100 Greatest Baseball Players and also the publication's "greatest pitcher of his time" as well as a finalist for the Major League Baseball All-Century Team in 1999.

Jim Palmer​
Jim Palmer​

He was named by Bill James, in the New Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract, as the 17th best pitcher of all time. He even modeled underwear. Palmer is considered by almost all baseball fans, one of the greatest pitchers of all time.

Justin ​Verlander​
Justin ​Verlander​

Justin Brooks Verlander (born February 20, 1983) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Houston Astros of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the Detroit Tigers for 13 seasons, with whom he made his major league debut on July 4, 2005.

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Zack Greinke​
Zack Greinke​

In 2017, Greinke was selected to the NL All-Star team, his fourth All-Star selection. At the time of his selection he was 10-4 with a 3.05 ERA in 109 1 ⁄ 3 innings, 128 strikeouts (10.21 strikeouts per nine innings), WHIP of 1.02 and a .219 opponents batting average.

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Ferguson ​Jenkins​
Ferguson ​Jenkins​

Ferguson Jenkins. Ferguson Arthur "Fergie" Jenkins, Jr., CM is a Canadian former Major League Baseball right-handed pitcher. He was a three-time All-Star and the 1971 National League Cy Young Award winner. In 1991, Jenkins became the first Canadian to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

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Tom Glavine​
Tom Glavine​

Thomas Michael Glavine (born March 25, 1966) is an American retired professional baseball player. A pitcher, Glavine played in Major League Baseball for the Atlanta Braves and New York Mets. He was the MVP of the 1995 World Series as the Braves beat the Cleveland Indians.

Eddie Plank​
Eddie Plank​

Edward Stewart Plank (August 31, 1875 – February 24, 1926), nicknamed "Gettysburg Eddie", was an American professional baseball player. A pitcher, Plank played in Major League Baseball for the Philadelphia Athletics from 1901 through 1914, the St. Louis Terriers in 1915, and the St. Louis Browns in 1916 and 1917.

Bert Blyleven​
Bert Blyleven​

Bert Blyleven is a former Major League Baseball pitcher who played from 1970 to 1992, and was best known for his curveball. Blyleven was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2011. He is currently the color commentator for the Minnesota Twins on Fox Sports North.

Mariano ​Rivera​
Mariano ​Rivera​

RANKED: The 20 Greatest Pitchers Of All-Time. ... For anyone who has watched Mariano Rivera pitch, they would consider that view a close-minded one.

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Roy Halladay​
Roy Halladay​

Roy Halladay. Harry Leroy Halladay III (born May 14, 1977), nicknamed "Doc", is an American former professional baseball player who pitched in Major League Baseball for the Toronto Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies between 1998 and 2013.

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Gaylord Perry​
Gaylord Perry​

Gaylord Jackson Perry (born September 15, 1938) is a former Major League Baseball right-handed pitcher. He pitched from 1962 to 1983 for eight different teams. During a 22-year baseball career, Perry compiled 314 wins, 3,534 strikeouts, and a 3.11 earned run average.

Mordecai ​Brown​
Mordecai ​Brown​

Mordecai Brown. Position: Pitcher ... View Mordecai Brown's Page at the Baseball Hall of Fame ... , All-Time All-Star Batters, All-Time All-Star Pitchers ...

Madison ​Bumgarner​
Madison ​Bumgarner​

Bumgarner also tied the all-time MLB records for grand slams in a career and in a single season by a pitcher with two. Tony Cloninger had been the last pitcher to hit two grand slams in one season, doing so in one game on July 3, 1966.

John Smoltz​
John Smoltz​

An eight-time All-Star, Smoltz was part of a celebrated trio of starting pitchers, along with Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine, who propelled Atlanta to perennial pennant contention in the 1990s, highlighted by a championship in the 1995 World Series.

Whitey Ford​
Whitey Ford​

Edward Charles "Whitey" Ford (born October 21, 1928), nicknamed "The Chairman of the Board" is an American former professional baseball pitcher who spent his entire 16-year Major League Baseball (MLB) career with the New York Yankees. He was voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1974. Ford is a ten-time MLB All-Star and six-time World Series champion.

Jake Arrieta​
Jake Arrieta​

Jake Arrieta. Position: Pitcher Bats: Right • Throws: Right 6-4, 225lb ... , All-Time All-Star Pitchers, ... Frivolities and More Oracle of Baseball, Uniform Number Tracker, Cups of Coffee, Pronunciation Guide, Birthplaces, Players by School Attended, .... MLB Draft . 2017 Draft, 2016 Draft, ...

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Dwight ​Gooden​
Dwight ​Gooden​

Gooden hugged Mets owner Fred Wilpon shortly after he arrived, and then spent a few minutes chatting with Hall of Fame pitcher John Smoltz, and Mets pitchers Jacob deGrom and Steven Matz. Gooden, who was at the Yankees' spring training site earlier in the week, gushed about new Mets pitching coach Dave Eiland, who was in that role with the Bombers from 2008- 2010, and won a World Series ring in 2009.

Phil Niekro​
Phil Niekro​

Philip Henry Niekro (pronounced NEE-kro) (born April 1, 1939), nicknamed "Knucksie", is a former Major League Baseball (MLB) pitcher. He played 24 seasons in the majors (20 of them with the Milwaukee / Atlanta Braves). Niekro's 318 career victories are the most by a knuckleball pitcher and ranks 16th on the overall all-time wins list.

Don Drysdale​
Don Drysdale​

Don Drysdale teamed with Sandy Koufax during the 1960s to form one of the most dominating pitching duos in history.

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Ed Walsh​
Ed Walsh​

His 154 ERA+ is the best ERA+ in the history of Major League Baseball for a starting pitcher. What else can you say? His 1.05 WHIP is fourth all time in the history of Major League Baseball for a starting pitcher and his 7.1 H/9 is eighth all time in the history of Major League Baseball for a starting pitcher.

Juan Marichal​
Juan Marichal​

Marichal's accomplishments on the mound were overshadowed by something he did as a batter (namely playing an impromptu game of pepper with Johnny Roseboro's head), but after Sandy Koufax and Bob Gibson, he was the best pitcher of the 1960s. He notched the most wins that decade, and finished his career 101 games above .500. And, for what it's worth, Roseboro did forgive him for the whole bat to the noggin misunderstanding.

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CC Sabathia​
CC Sabathia​

At the time Sabathia departed Cleveland, he was fifth in club history in strikeouts (1,265) and sixth in strikeouts per 9.0 innings (7.448), and his 2007 strikeouts-to-walks ratio was at the time a single-season best 5.649.

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Mike Mussina​
Mike Mussina​

Of the 23 eligible pitchers who have at least 265 wins and an ERA of 3.69 or less, 20 are in the Hall of Fame, although if Mussina was elected, his ERA would be third highest ahead of Bobby Wallace, who was a full-time pitcher for just two seasons, and Red Ruffing.

Don Sutton​
Don Sutton​

Sutton's major league debut came with the Dodgers on April 14, 1966, the same day that future 300-game winner Greg Maddux was born. On the 1966 Dodgers, Sutton was the fourth starting pitcher in a rotation that included Sandy Koufax, Don Drysdale and Claude Osteen.

Félix ​HernáNdez​
Félix ​HernáNdez​

> Felix Hernandez Statistics and History. ... Felix Abraham (Garcia) Hernandez Nicknames: King Felix. ... , All-Time All-Star Batters, All-Time All-Star Pitchers ...

Rube Waddell​
Rube Waddell​

On the occasion of our unveiling of the Athletics' all-time single-season team, let us reflect upon the essence and curiosities of a member of that august collective. That would be ace lefty Rube Waddell ... (Image: From Deep Right Field) Waddell, a strikeout artist in an era when strikeouts were rare feats, is a deserving Hall of Famer.

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Johan ​Santana​
Johan ​Santana​

Johan Alexander Santana Araque (/ ˈ j oʊ h ɑː n s æ n ˈ t æ n ə /; born March 13, 1979) is a Venezuelan former professional baseball starting pitcher. Santana pitched in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Minnesota Twins from 2000 to 2007 and for the New York Mets from 2008 to 2012, sidelined by injury challenges since the 2012 season. A two-time Cy Young Award winner with the Twins, Santana is a four-time All-Star and earned a pitching triple crown in 2006.

Tommy John​
Tommy John​

4. A lot of people think Tommy John is a doctor, not a pitcher. Mostly younger people. "They don’t even know I pitched," John told Sports Illustrated. "The kids say ‘Tommy John, the doctor.’ I hear that often. I can’t change that. My name is in all the medical journals. Tommy John Surgery.

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Catfish Hunter​
Catfish Hunter​

James Augustus Hunter (April 8, 1946 – September 9, 1999), nicknamed "Catfish", was a professional baseball player in Major League Baseball (MLB). From 1965 to 1979, he was a pitcher for the Kansas City Athletics, Oakland Athletics, and New York Yankees. Hunter was the first pitcher since 1915 to win 200 career games by the age of 31.

Corey Kluber​
Corey Kluber​

Corey Scott Kluber (born April 10, 1986), nicknamed Klubot, is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Cleveland Indians of Major League Baseball (MLB). He made his MLB debut on September 1, 2011, as a member of the Indians.

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Carl Hubbell​
Carl Hubbell​

ALL-TIME PLAYER RANKINGS The Top 50 Starting Pitchers of All-Time. 1. Walter Johnson. ... Carl Hubbell. Player Bio. 35. Vic Willis.

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Shohei Ohtani​
Shohei Ohtani​

And it's no secret that all pitchers, especially those with a history of a high volume of work combined with the ability to throw blistering fastballs, present some level of risk. Ohtani is an unusual case because of what he brings in terms of his skill set at the plate as well as on the mound. But star pitchers who can grow with an ...

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Dizzy Dean​
Dizzy Dean​

Jay Hanna "Dizzy" Dean (January 16, 1910 – July 17, 1974), also …