Top 10 Starting Pitchers of All Time

Selecting the top 10 starting pitchers is not as difficult as one might think,...after #10 it becomes desperate work, as Bill James used to say. A word on the selection criteria before we get started.

A starter is any pitcher who started at least 50 percent of the games in which they appeared during his career.

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1Walter Johnson

I'm a huge Nolan Ryan fan, but Walter Johnson was the best.

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2Cy Young

The award for the best pitcher is called the "Cy Young Award" for a reason.

He got an award named after him he was so good

Set the standard for longevity and excellence in the closing years of the 19th century into the 'modern' era of the new century.

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3Nolan Ryan

Way overrated at #3

Great player should be 1

4Greg MadduxV1 Comment
5Tom Seaver

A throwback to the power pitcher in the mold of the 'Big Train'

Nope you guys lie lie lie lie lie lie lie.

6Randy Johnson

In spite of a late start and having to pitch in a pitcher's era,... he was able to carve out a remarkable career

There are many knocking at the door to get in,... however I would argue that none can match the performance recorded by these folks,

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7Roger Clemens

A record very similar to Johnson's,... not quite as dominate in relation to his peers as Walter was in his time.

8Steve Carlton

He was spectacular and he had double wins than losses

He dominated and won with teams.

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9Jim Palmer
10Lefty Grove

Far and a way the best pitcher of his era,.. if he lasted a little longer,... he would be at the top of this list

The Contenders

11Christy Mathewson

One of the truly great ones,... his deteriorating health shortened his career and eventually took his life way too soon

12Pete Alexander

Was a sensation in his early career,... the bottle eventually removed his effectiveness in later years

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13Kid Nichols

Dominate,... if he didn't have to compete with his own business interests, might have gone on to compile the best record in baseball history

14Pedro Martinez
15Warren Spahn

He was absolutely beast mode. I consider him the best lefty of all time

Wow If I had seen Him play it would have been the best experience ever

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16Juan Marichal

He was the 2nd best Giants pitcher of all time

17Clayton Kershaw

Not as good as others

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18Sandy Koufax

He pitched 4 No Hitters

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19Bob Gibson

He could throw fire

20James Augustus "Catfish" Hunter

No words can describe how good he was

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