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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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    rocket roger, no doubt

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    Quote Originally Posted by - Gyro - View Post
    Unless you watched his games or have live tape of it, there's no way that can be proven for him.

    Just because he threw that hard a majority of the time (if it's completely true) doesn't negate the fact that he could more likely then not, dial it up. Apparently, I'm not the only one who thinks Cy Young is the best of all time.

    Again, there's no point in trying to make me believe otherwise, you're wasting your time. You're not doing anything other then saying why my opinion is wrong, then saying why you think others are better. How hard a person throws, doesn't always matter.
    It would be a fair argument to make that Young is one of the 5 best dead ball pitchers. Depends on where you put Alexander and WJ.

    OK, let's talk facts. I really would like to hear what you think.

    What I would like you to do is to go look at the most innings per year listings. http://www.baseball-reference.com/le...P_season.shtml

    Look at the top 103 years listed. #1 is 680 IP -- #103 is 466.1). So? All of them are 1893 or earlier. Before 1893 the distance from rubber to plate was 50', they moved it to 60' 6". Can we agree that single change had a huge effect?

    Since 1952 only Robin Roberts and knucke ballers have thrown 330 or more IP in a season. Curious. Let's look at the top 5 IP guys in 10 year increments:

    1898 - NL:

    397
    388
    377
    374
    362

    1908 - AL:

    464
    325
    324
    317
    301

    1918 - AL:

    332
    326
    311
    293
    272

    1928 - AL (down trend due to live ball):

    300
    289
    283
    273
    262

    1938 - AL

    329
    281
    277
    247
    245

    1948 - AL:

    293
    280
    272
    245
    236

    1958 - AL:

    260
    259
    248
    245
    245

    1968 (the upblip in the trend line, high mounds, big strike zones, easier to pitch, and it is temporary)

    336
    292
    278
    273
    269

    1978

    296
    294
    281
    280

    1988

    275
    269
    264
    261
    260

    1998

    251
    238
    234
    234
    234

    2007 - AL

    241
    230
    225
    224
    222

    This is what I extrapolate: Since the late 80's the trend has been towards 5 man rotations and pitch counts. So that is a marked effect in '98 and '07 stats, but what about 1898-1918 and 1928-1988 when men were men and pitched CG's?

    I see a steady shallow decline as the game has gotten harder and more populated with power hitters.

    If you care to look at WJ and Alexander who are by the two greatest pitchers to pitch a lot in both eras you'll see the IP went well down as did the ERA+. Was it age? Or was it the conditions got harder. Having two guys with the same results who seemed to be ageless is certainly a plus for my argument.

    So what you have is faith. You have faith that Cy could master the live ball era, and the increasingly small strike zone, thin handled bats, juiced sluggers, and everyone playing Earl Weaver or rotoball.

    I can read the stats, and I would much rather go with a current or near current pitcher because I KNOW he can master this game today, and nobody knows what Cy would do today - at best he's real great - but at worst, or medium?
    Last edited by bagwell368; 08-15-2008 at 04:45 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Apophis View Post
    Walter Johnson was my pick... Im really suprised that Lefty Grove is not a choice here...

    hmmm no Bob Feller either..
    Ditto.

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    It's sadly ironic. Ryan and Koufax have 28 votes between them, and Maddux, Clemens, Gibson, Randy, and Pedro (among the moderns I saw) have a total of 9.

    It is a fact, not an opinion from both the records AND the eye that those 5 pitchers had more total career value then the other two. Even given Pedro's shortage of innings compared to Ryan isn't an issue. Give him replacement comps to make up the shortfall in innings, he's still better then Ryan, never mind on rate stats.

    Talking peak value (best 3 or 5 in a row, best 5 any order) Koufax for sure deserves mention with the others. But Ryan and his aspirin commercials and circus like nature of his work seem to draw all the "gee whiz" folks. Just ironic.

    BTW, a real quick handy way to figure career value is to take career IP and multiply by career ERA+. This works well in dead vs dead ball guys or live vs live ball guys - mixing the two makes the dead ball guys - esp those better ones from 1880/90's all look like HoF aces.
    Last edited by bagwell368; 08-15-2008 at 06:55 PM.

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    Walter Johnson, I think he gets lost in the shuffle of these kinds of debates too often

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    nolan ryan/cy young/sandy kofax/bobby gibson


    lol, small kid got tripped by a tuba player

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    Quote Originally Posted by homie564 View Post
    nolan ryan/cy young/sandy kofax/bobby gibson
    u might know, but somehow I don't think Bob Gibson would like to be called Bobby...

    I'll vote for him, Seaver, Drysdale and Pedro as the most intimidating pitchers I have seen.

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    koufax

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    wheres seaver

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    Desi Relaford

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    kofax and ryan are the BEST

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    Ryan is a joke. In no way can anyone prove that he's any better then about #27 all time, and that's largely on longevity. This latest crop of Maddux, Randy, Clemens, Pedro (who dwarfs Koufax) are much better. Schilling and Smoltz did more in less innings.

    Ryan is a myth, and as such is interesting and all, but as a ball player he is easily overshadowed by many. Two of these will end up outstripping Ryan as well - CC, Santana, Webb, Peavy, and Lincecum.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bagwell368 View Post
    u might know, but somehow I don't think Bob Gibson would like to be called Bobby...

    I'll vote for him, Seaver, Drysdale and Pedro as the most intimidating pitchers I have seen.
    I agree with that whole-heartedly.
    Yankees - Jets - Rockets

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    No Bob Feller on the list......interesting.

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