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  • Nolan Ryan

    31 16.49%
  • Walter Johnson

    27 14.36%
  • Cy Young

    18 9.57%
  • Greg Maddux

    17 9.04%
  • Roger Clemens

    8 4.26%
  • Bob Gibson

    6 3.19%
  • Randy Johnson

    12 6.38%
  • Sandy Kofax

    33 17.55%
  • Tom Glavine

    2 1.06%
  • Warren Spahn

    1 0.53%
  • Steve Carlton

    2 1.06%
  • Pedro Martinez

    22 11.70%
  • Gover Clever Alexander

    1 0.53%
  • Christy Matthewson

    1 0.53%
  • Other

    7 3.72%
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    Best Pitcher of All-Time

    Thought I'd make one poll for pitchers to.

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    nolan ryan, cy young, greg maddux

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    Quote Originally Posted by phlp_bj View Post
    nolan ryan, cy young, greg maddux
    I agree b/c what Maddux did as a non power pitcher in the steroid generation is amazing. Now with Roger caught he will atleast go down as the best pitcher of his generation. Just look at his ERA.

    I voted for Ryan but without injuries Kofax might be the winner.

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    I'll say Cy Young..because well, it's called a Cy Young award for a reason.

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    Nolan Ryan
    “Those who hate most fervently must have once loved deeply; those who want to deny the world must have once embraced what they now set on fire.”

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    Ryan and Glavine are laughable at the head of any all time pitching list.

    Given RC's place is unclear at the moment I'll go in order:

    WJ
    Grove
    Clemens
    RJ
    Maddux
    Alexander
    Gibson

    for career value.

    for peak value and excellence per inning its:

    Pedro
    Koufax

    and nobody else is in the ball park

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    Quote Originally Posted by bagwell368 View Post
    Ryan and Glavine are laughable at the head of any all time pitching list.

    Given RC's place is unclear at the moment I'll go in order:

    WJ
    Grove
    Clemens
    RJ
    Maddux
    Alexander
    Gibson

    for career value.

    for peak value and excellence per inning its:

    Pedro
    Koufax

    and nobody else is in the ball park

    How is Ryan laughable? 7 career no hitters and by far the most Ks of all-time. Glavine is like the third winningest lefty and probably the most underrated guy on the list. I'm not saying he is number 1 I just need enough guys to make out a full 15.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lavell12 View Post
    How is Ryan laughable? 7 career no hitters and by far the most Ks of all-time. Glavine is like the third winningest lefty and probably the most underrated guy on the list. I'm not saying he is number 1 I just need enough guys to make out a full 15.
    Most K's of all time? Wicked nice... Except that if you do the percentage difference between him and K man number two, and BB man #1 (him) and #2, his lead over the #2 BB man is a good deal larger. Not so hot.

    7 career no hitters? How about over his entire career? On any given night he was no place near Clemens, Koufax, Gibson, Maddux. On average he was 11% better then the average pitcher in the given year pitched (ERA+ adjusted for park, and per year is the single most helpful way to look at a pitcher - unless you count the stats that are associated like DERA and NERA.

    Pedro is 57% better then average
    Clemens 43%
    Maddux 32%
    Gibson 27%
    Mussina 22% (twice as good as Ryan)
    Lowe 19% (har har)
    Jenkins 15%

    as long lasting physical freak he's in the top 5, too bad that isn't the same as pitching.

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    Ryan is laughable, the most overrated baseball player of all-time.

    Give me Koufax

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    I'll still take Cy Young.

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    Quote Originally Posted by - Gyro - View Post
    I'll still take Cy Young.
    Did you know that about 112 of his wins came at the distance of 50' from home plate - a mere 4 feet further then 8 year olds pitch from.

    Did you know he sucked up so many innings because it was different game then? He probably couldn't get out of the 1st against the '03 or '04 Bosox without giving up at least 5 runs.

    History looks good, it sounds good, but in reality, Wood's way way out of his league. WJ and Alexander did some big work against the live ball guys when they were done with the dead balls guys, but they were not as good (also older). The first for sure pitcher has to be Grove. He's generally considered top 5 or even top 2 no matter how you slice the numbers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bagwell368 View Post
    Did you know that about 112 of his wins came at the distance of 50' from home plate - a mere 4 feet further then 8 year olds pitch from.

    Did you know he sucked up so many innings because it was different game then? He probably couldn't get out of the 1st against the '03 or '04 Bosox without giving up at least 5 runs.

    History looks good, it sounds good, but in reality, Wood's way way out of his league. WJ and Alexander did some big work against the live ball guys when they were done with the dead balls guys, but they were not as good (also older). The first for sure pitcher has to be Grove. He's generally considered top 5 or even top 2 no matter how you slice the numbers.
    Regardless, he still has an additional 399 wins, so I'm sure that he could have managed.

    The game always changes, thats not an excuse. I can't say that he wouldn't get out of the first inning against a team either..that's not only ignorant of his talents, but no one can predict that, so why bother?

    511 wins, 2.63 ERA, 2803 Ks, ERA+ of 138 with a 1.130 WHIP.

    I'll still take him as the best all time. This thread is all based on opinion, you have yours, I have mine. I simply believe he is the best, that won't change. They're all great regardless.

    EDIT: I know he won a ton because he started many more games and tossed more innings. That doesn't change the fact that he would have been able to dominate either way. Besides, wins aren't everything.
    Last edited by - Gyro -; 08-14-2008 at 06:28 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by - Gyro - View Post
    that's not only ignorant of his talents, but no one can predict that, so why bother?

    I agree wins are overrated. Based on first hand accounts at the time:

    Young like pitchers of his day threw hard no more then 3-8 pitches a game in key situations. It's been estimated that he threw in the low-mid 80's for the most part - basically BP speed today.

    The first great pitcher known to have thrown hard was WJ. The next one was Grove (harder then WJ, but not known how much harder) before he hurt his arm. According to a player/manager Grove threw harder then Feller, and that's hard. They threw hard because of the change into the live ball era.

    So you want to take a guy who didn't dominate his era as much as several other guys (besides the longevity), and face him up against the game that we've had for the last 70 years? OK...

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    although nolan ryan is the all time leader in K's, and won 300 games. He ranks first all-time in walks allowed (2,795), first in wild pitches (277), third in losses (292 - most in the modern era), and ninth in hit batters (158). Ryan was a great pitcher but I probably wouldn't even put him in the top 10-15 pitchers ever.
    Last edited by nyy27; 08-14-2008 at 06:35 PM.

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    the big three are gibson, koufax, and cy young imo. any of those three would be a good choice.

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