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View Poll Results: Best Pitcher of All-Time

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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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    Walter Johnson

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    Grover Cleveland Alexander

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    WJ has a real claim at #1, but Alexander has been outstripped by a handful. RJ, RC, GM, Grove. And that is assuming Alexander's leagues were as tough. The visual evidence as well as the level of coaching, diet, population drawn from- all intimate that the level of ball in Alexander's day was lower, perhaps a good deal lower. WJ has the same problem. Neither one did as well in the live ball era as the dead ball era.

    Alexander's peak was 1915-1920 and he never matched it, although he had a great twilight year in 1927 at age 40.

    This is why I started the 1925-today poll. No real way to compare. Tough enough to talk about a guy in 1965 vs. 1994, nevermind 1914 and 2007.

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    nolan ryan

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    Quote Originally Posted by sportfan6197 View Post
    nolan ryan
    poppycock and nonsense. Go ahead defend that choice.

    Aumm, let's see - 7 no hitters...

    Great - he had 773 starts, so after the 1% of his starts are out of the way, you have a guy with closer to league average stats then any real elite SP has.

    How many Cy's did he win?

    Erm.... zero. Yeah, but he has the most K's all time!!!

    Well he is 16.2% ahead of Randy Johnson in K totals. However in K/9 Ryan is only 4th behind Randy Johnson, Kerry Wood, Pedro Martinez.

    How about BB's?

    Well, ummm yeah, he does have the record.

    Mmmm.. not only the record, but holds it by a whoping 34.5% - more then double his lead in K's.. <chuckle>

    Did you know that Ryan has one of the lowest winning percentages in the HOF?

    Did you know that Ryan's teams generally sucked?

    Yes, but his winning percentage isn't much different from his team.

    324-292 (worse then the next 10 guys listed below by percentage)

    ERA+ 111 (11% over average) by far the worst of the next 10

    DERA 4.21 (4.50 is league average, he had a 106.5 defenses removed, so while his teams may have been bad, they had good defenses.

    RAA 111 in 5386 IP (that is 111 runs saved over averages pitchers in 27 years and 5386 IP worth of effort) - check out the next 10 for some real numbers.

    Gibson RAA 336 in 3884 IP
    Pedro RAA 400 in 2782 IP
    Seaver RAA 403 in 4782 IP
    RJohnson RAA 407 in 4039 IP
    Alexander 445 in 5190 IP
    Grove RAA 459 in 3940 IP
    Maddux RAA 467 in 5008 IP
    Clemens RAA 599 in 4916 IP
    WJohnson RAA 808 in 5914 IP
    Cy Young RAA 901 in 7356 IP


    Only a fanatic or uneducated fan can hold the opinion that Ryan is #1
    Last edited by bagwell368; 02-22-2009 at 10:03 PM.

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    I really have no idea how Walter Johnson isnt #1 on this. I mean, I am a big Nolan Ryan fan, and have him sitting at #2, but Johnson has so little votes I find it extraordinary

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    Gimme...

    1. WJohnson
    2. Ryan
    3. Clemens
    4. Maddux
    5. Young

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    Mark Buerhle, Jose Contreras, Freddy Garcia to name a few more.
    "Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships."
    - Michael Jordan

    Thanks MJ-Bulls for the picture.

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    lol at Ryan and Koufax winning this.

    Just goes to show how over rated they are.

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    I will say Walter Johnson just because I do not want to pick Clemens. My heart won't let me put RC first because of the roids, throwing the bat Piazzi, and mainly because he asked to come out of a series clinching WS game because of a freaking blister.

    I don't understand why Seaver, Steve Carlton, Satchel Paige, and Jim Palmer are not on the list. It also says best pitcher of all time, and if I were putting a staff together, Eckersly would be on it somewhere.

    Ryan pitched that many no hitters in large part to throwing hard and not having any control. He walked over 50% more batters that any other pitcher.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stejay View Post
    Gimme...

    1. WJohnson
    2. Ryan
    3. Clemens
    4. Maddux
    5. Young
    If I'm staffing a team for 2011:

    Clemens
    Maddux
    Randy
    Pedro
    Seaver

    If I pretend that baseball hasn't changed since 1894, and Clemens is clean:

    Clemens
    WJ
    Maddux
    Seaver
    Randy
    Alexander
    Grove
    Pedro
    Gibson


    6/27/09: “We expect [Rondo] to play by the rules and be a leader as a point guard. We need him to be more of a leader,” Ainge said. “There were just a couple situations where he was late this year, I don’t know if he was sitting in his car, but showed up late and the rest of the team was there. We have team rules and you have to be on time. He was fined for being late, he said he was stuck in traffic, and it’s just unacceptable.”

    Some jerks never learn.....

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    Walter Johnson
    With the deepest of regrets I am announcing that I will be leaving Pro Sports Daily. No reason in particular but wanted to thank everyone for a great 6 years here. Lots of great discussion and good poll series as well. Also fun re-drafts. Best of luck to you all in the future.

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    I only choose Maddux because of my love affair with him, and nothing to do with anything else. He was (as far as we know) 'clean' and he was a pinpoint control pitcher during a very offense era. Of Maddux, Clemens and Pedro, Pedro had the best peak, Clemens had the best career, and Maddux was my favorite.

    Going back further, there are arguments for Walter Johnson, Lefty Grove, Pete Alexander, Koufax during his short prime, etc.

    But on a personal level, Maddux and Gibson.

    If I want pure performance....Clemens. But, like Bonds, I think he is a piece of ****, that was heading to the hall anyway, and tainted his career. (not really trying to hold that against both of them, but I feel slighted by it with these two players for some reason, and not really by anyone else).

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    Quote Originally Posted by bagwell368 View Post
    If I'm staffing a team for 2011:

    Clemens
    Maddux
    Randy
    Pedro
    Seaver

    If I pretend that baseball hasn't changed since 1894, and Clemens is clean:

    Clemens
    WJ
    Maddux
    Seaver
    Randy
    Alexander
    Grove
    Pedro
    Gibson
    In fairness, it was between Seaver and Young for the #5 spot. I don't understand how Seaver isn't on the vote list. Mind-blowing

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    Quote Originally Posted by stejay View Post
    In fairness, it was between Seaver and Young for the #5 spot. I don't understand how Seaver isn't on the vote list. Mind-blowing
    I think Seaver gets over shadowed on one hand by Gibson, and his post season greatness in '64, '67, and '68, and his 1.12. Koufax just ended before Seaver came up, Ryan and the K show started just a couple of years later. Carlton. Palmer. Lots of competition. His team was also rather faceless, they won that year, and sort of faded out, to be supplanted by the Reds and that band of bats for much of the 70's.

    I think if you go from 1950-1987 (5 man rotations) that Seaver has to be the #1 guy. But you have to be at least in your early 50's to have seen him in his prime - which most folks on the web talking baseball are not. Sigh.


    6/27/09: “We expect [Rondo] to play by the rules and be a leader as a point guard. We need him to be more of a leader,” Ainge said. “There were just a couple situations where he was late this year, I don’t know if he was sitting in his car, but showed up late and the rest of the team was there. We have team rules and you have to be on time. He was fined for being late, he said he was stuck in traffic, and it’s just unacceptable.”

    Some jerks never learn.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by bagwell368 View Post
    I think Seaver gets over shadowed on one hand by Gibson, and his post season greatness in '64, '67, and '68, and his 1.12. Koufax just ended before Seaver came up, Ryan and the K show started just a couple of years later. Carlton. Palmer. Lots of competition. His team was also rather faceless, they won that year, and sort of faded out, to be supplanted by the Reds and that band of bats for much of the 70's.

    I think if you go from 1950-1987 (5 man rotations) that Seaver has to be the #1 guy. But you have to be at least in your early 50's to have seen him in his prime - which most folks on the web talking baseball are not. Sigh.

    I am almost there, not quiet. He is one of the ones I wish I had seen in person. Clemens attributes Seaver's time in Boston as the factor that turned him from a thrower into a pitcher. I always thought Seaver would have made a good coach.

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