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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4 Greg Maddux V 1 Comment
5 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.

6 Jim Palmer
7 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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8 Steve Carlton

He was spectacular and he had double wins than losses

He dominated and won with teams.

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9 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

10 Christy Mathewson

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

The Contenders

11 Roger Clemens

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

12 Pete Alexander

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

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13 Kid 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

14 Pedro Martinez
15 Warren 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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16 Juan Marichal

He was the 2nd best Giants pitcher of all time

17 Clayton Kershaw

Not as good as others

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18 Roy Halladay
19 Sandy Koufax

He pitched 4 No Hitters

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20 Bob Gibson

He could throw fire

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