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.

The Top Ten

1 Walter Johnson

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

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2 Cy 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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3 Christy Mathewson

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

4 Lefty 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

5 Nolan Ryan Nolan Ryan

The reason he's all bloody in that picture is because he was hit by a line drive. He just calmly picked the ball up for the out. When he faced the same batter later in the game, he struck him out with four very determined fastballs (his fastballs were consistently above 100 mph).

Way overrated at #3

Great player should be 1

6 Warren Spahn

He won 363 games and was the best lefty pitcher ever

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

He should be number 1 or 2

Very good

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7 Greg Maddux

A model of consistancy for a very long time

8 Bob Gibson

He could throw fire

9 Roger Clemens

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

10 Sandy Koufax

He was universally recognized as the greatest pitcher of his time.

He pitched 4 No Hitters


The Contenders

11 Juan Marichal

He was the 2nd best Giants pitcher of all time

12 Tom Seaver

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

Nope you guys lie lie lie lie lie lie lie.

13 Steve Carlton

He was spectacular and he had double wins than losses

He dominated and won with teams.

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14 Jim Palmer
15 Pete Alexander

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

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16 Randy 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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17 Pedro Martinez
18 Roy Halladay
19 James Augustus "Catfish" Hunter

No words can describe how good he was

20 Don Drysdale

Son was a sensation even in his early years he deserves to be higher

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