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Postby AcidRock23 » Tue Feb 14, 2006 7:41 pm

Then there's the whole question of 'stuff' on the balls before they started using clean balls c. 1920, loogies, chaw, licorice, you name it...there WAS some nasty stuff on those balls... :-P
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Postby HOOTIE » Tue Feb 14, 2006 7:50 pm

ukrneal wrote:The question wasn't who was the greatest pitcher, but who has the greatest stuff. That usually means: hardest throwing, most intimidating, hardest to hit, raw power, best tools (regardless of results), etc.


Using that criteria, i can't of anyone that beats Ryan. Randy Johnson is there. Pedro as well.
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Postby HOOTIE » Tue Feb 14, 2006 7:52 pm

Tavish wrote:Ryan was tough to hit because he didn't through many pitches in the strikezone. :-b


While that is true, his BA against, and K's, suggest many hitters swung at balls.
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Postby NZF » Tue Feb 14, 2006 7:56 pm

Considering I've only been following baseball for a handful of years, I've found this thread very interesting.

Who do you guys consider having the "best stuff" in baseball today.

My Top 10 would be something like this.

AJ Burnett
Eric Gagne
Brad Lidge
Ben Sheets
Rich Harden
Jose Contreras
Johan Santana
Roy Oswalt
Carlos Zambrano
Kelvim Escobar
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Postby liv4socr20 » Tue Feb 14, 2006 8:42 pm

how can prior not be onthat list. Have you ever seen the electricity on his fastball. That 2-seamer when its on is almost unhittable. What about Rick Ankiel 4 wild pitches in one inning his stuff must be nasty.......just kidding

I remember watching Greg Maddux 10 years ago. The movement on all his pitches were ridiculous. I saw more batters turn around knowing they were just k'd looking by the nastiness of maddux in one game then i saw all season for the yankees this year. Just throwing that out there
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Postby stomperrob » Tue Feb 14, 2006 10:01 pm

How about Charles "Old Hoss" Radbourn - pitched 73 complete games in 1884 for the Providence Grays - 60 wins!!! He had a 1.38 ERA that season in 678 2/3 IP's with 441 K's.
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Postby HOOTIE » Tue Feb 14, 2006 10:12 pm

thedude wrote:And there was this kid in the minors who had this fastball that everyone who saw him considered to be the fastest ever. His name escapes me...


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Postby dcskater619 » Tue Feb 14, 2006 10:14 pm

i would also say pedro in the late 90s..but modern day i think prior wins this easily..
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Postby ayebatter » Wed Feb 15, 2006 12:02 am

dcskater619 wrote:i would also say pedro in the late 90s..but modern day i think prior wins this easily..


the 90's isn't 'modern day', what are you 15..................................... I saw Kofax,Gibson,Pedro,Ryan etc. - the best stuff combined with the most frightful presence was Randy Johnson. ;-D
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Postby ukrneal » Wed Feb 15, 2006 3:00 am

AcidRock23 wrote:Then there's the whole question of 'stuff' on the balls before they started using clean balls c. 1920, loogies, chaw, licorice, you name it...there WAS some nasty stuff on those balls... :-P


No need to go back so far. Gaylord Perry springs to mind!
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