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Postby bigh0rt » Mon May 21, 2007 12:38 pm

A few friends and I were debating this two days ago, and we came to a concensus that I'm pretty happy with... Interested to see what people think, and what other people have as their Top 10 and why.

1. Tom Seaver
2. Roger Clemens
3. Walter Johnson
4. Lefty Grove
5. Cy Young
6. Pete Alexander
7. Randy Johnson
8. Pedro Martinez
9. Greg Maddux
10. Sandy Koufax

EDIT: I may be biased towards more recent pitchers/guys I've seen pitch, but I'm also a cynic regarding how difficult it was to pitch in the old day, with enormous parks, super heavy bats, a true chest to knees strike zone, and higher mounds. I know expansion has watered down lineups to a degree, but I think it's easier to hit and slug in today's game than it was 60 years ago. I'd love an explanation from anyone who thinks the game hasn't shifted towards offense.
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Postby COOPERSTOWN » Mon May 21, 2007 12:47 pm

cy young is over rated.
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Postby jake_harv88 » Mon May 21, 2007 12:53 pm

COOPERSTOWN wrote:cy young is over rated.



Huh? How is a guy with 500 career wins over rated. I dont care what era the guy pitched in, thats still an insane total. To say hes over rated is absolutely ridiculous, he is one of the few people who will forever hold a major league record.


Other than that I like the list, but its really tough to make for reasons you stated. How do we gauge the guys we've never seen pitch? Do we go on stats alone? Not too mention there are different eras of baseball so its all around a tough thing to do. However, I personally can't think a pitcher that you snubbed at this point...
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Postby bigh0rt » Mon May 21, 2007 1:06 pm

jake_harv88 wrote:However, I personally can't think a pitcher that you snubbed at this point...


It could be argued that Gibson and Matthewson were snubbed.
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Postby acsguitar » Mon May 21, 2007 1:09 pm

Well I was born in 1981. So not seeing the other guys I'm just gonna give you those playing since I was born:

1. Randy Johnson
2. Roger Clemens
3. Pedro Martinez
4. Johan Santana
5. Greg Maddux
6. Mariano Rivera
7. Trevor Hoffman
8. Dennis Eckersly
9. John Smoltz
10. Tom Glavine
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Re: Your Top 10 Pitchers of All-Time

Postby Tavish » Mon May 21, 2007 1:16 pm

bigh0rt wrote:EDIT: I may be biased towards more recent pitchers/guys I've seen pitch, but I'm also a cynic regarding how difficult it was to pitch in the old day, with enormous parks, super heavy bats, a true chest to knees strike zone, and higher mounds. I know expansion has watered down lineups to a degree, but I think it's easier to hit and slug in today's game than it was 60 years ago. I'd love an explanation from anyone who thinks the game hasn't shifted towards offense.


This is the Second Live Ball era. It was just as difficult, if not more so, to pitch in the 30s and 40s than it is today. Unless you just want to automatically assume that the pitchers during the 30s and 40s were absolute junk. There has certainly been a shift towards offense compared to time period before the late 20s and the period between the mid 50s and the 80s. But the game has also become much easier on the pitchers. Being great for 33 starts and 220 innings isn't quite as impressive as being great for 40 starts and 350 innings.

1. Walter Johnson
2. Lefty Grove
3. Roger Clemens
4. Pete Alexander
5. Pedro Martinez
6. Christy Mathewson
7. Greg Maddux
8. Tom Seaver
9. Warren Spahn
10. Cy Young
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Re: Your Top 10 Pitchers of All-Time

Postby J35J » Mon May 21, 2007 1:19 pm

Tavish wrote:1. Walter Johnson
2. Lefty Grove
3. Roger Clemens
4. Pete Alexander
5. Pedro Martinez
6. Christy Mathewson
7. Greg Maddux
8. Tom Seaver
9. Warren Spahn
10. Cy Young



I like this list better......
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Re: Your Top 10 Pitchers of All-Time

Postby NYCBuckeye » Mon May 21, 2007 1:22 pm

bigh0rt wrote:A few friends and I were debating this two days ago, and we came to a concensus that I'm pretty happy with... Interested to see what people think, and what other people have as their Top 10 and why.

1. Tom Seaver
2. Roger Clemens
3. Walter Johnson
4. Lefty Grove
5. Cy Young
6. Pete Alexander
7. Randy Johnson
8. Pedro Martinez
9. Greg Maddux
10. Sandy Koufax

EDIT: I may be biased towards more recent pitchers/guys I've seen pitch, but I'm also a cynic regarding how difficult it was to pitch in the old day, with enormous parks, super heavy bats, a true chest to knees strike zone, and higher mounds. I know expansion has watered down lineups to a degree, but I think it's easier to hit and slug in today's game than it was 60 years ago. I'd love an explanation from anyone who thinks the game hasn't shifted towards offense.


Really nice list ... I might squeeze in Bob Gibson and Nolan Ryan, but still, nice work.
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Re: Your Top 10 Pitchers of All-Time

Postby Tavish » Mon May 21, 2007 1:23 pm

NYCBuckeye wrote:Really nice list ... I might squeeze in Bob Gibson and Nolan Ryan, but still, nice work.



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Re: Your Top 10 Pitchers of All-Time

Postby acsguitar » Mon May 21, 2007 1:23 pm

Tavish wrote:
NYCBuckeye wrote:Really nice list ... I might squeeze in Bob Gibson and Nolan Ryan, but still, nice work.



Uhhhg! :-D


I don't think Tavish likes Nolan! :-D
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