Lasorda didn't use this guy properly. All-time strikeout leader, no-hitters with 7, and allowed fewest hit per nine innings all-time. Dude doesn't mess around, and appears to only be getting better with age. Arguably the greatest pitcher of all time. Ryan pitched on crappy teams. Definitely in the top 10. In 1987, Ryan was the ERA leader with an 8-16 record with Astros plus struck out the most, too at 270. Some were known for their incredible fastballs; others, including Sandy Koufax and Bert Blyleven, are known for being some of the greatest curveball pitchers of all time. Not even in his dreams! Are your favorites in the top 25? No question. Mathewson was way better than Nolan Ryan. I don't rate relievers in the same category as starters. Not only the greatest pitcher of all time, but a war hero. From 1992-1998 Maddux's era was 2.15, almost 2 runs BELOW the league average. Total joke. DW, Greg Maddux is my cousin and although you may think that my opinion is biased, it honestly is not. These pitchers were able to make up for their lack of pitch power by having arguably the best pitch placement in baseball history. 32nd? 363 wins by a lefty! The greatest relief pitchers of all time include some of the best current MLB players, as well as some legends who are already in the baseball hall of fame. Amazing pitcher. How many players can you say that about? HoF for sure. 5,714 strikeouts? He hated everyone who dared to get in the box and face. The Dodgers could not hit him and the batting coach asked Koufax to stop throwing batting practice, he was hurting their confidence. Come on! In his 13 year peak he had a 268-108 won-lost record, nine ERA titles a 164 ERA +.He led the league in strikeouts seven straight year He would have probably won eight or nine Cy Young Awards if it existed. You can argue that a starting pitcher might be more valuable to a team than a releiver or even a closer, but if the question is the best pitcher those stats don't lie. Absolute best peak in his prime of any pitcher on this list in the midst of the Selig era which is possibly the toughest time to be a pitcher. List is a joke. Who are the greatest pitchers of all time? He would have been a pitcher even if it had only paid minimum wage. 373 wins! My dad said he was the best who ever was. He pitched in the dead-ball era, when the ball was harder to hit and the game was more pitcher-friendly. Spahn I remember was also a fantastic hitter, beiing used as a pinch hitter many times. Then there's the forgotten greats of the 1800's, such as Pud Galvin and others. One overlooked aspect of his game is his postseason mastery. Nolan is nowhere near number one. He holds 55 major league pitching records. His season in 1931 was near perfection,along with Pedro Martinez in 1999 and Ron Guidry in 1978 prbably the finest yesrs a pitcher ever had. He also has the best fastball in the history of baseball. Not sure if he can win a game at that level. He's 14th all time in wins, but THIRD all time in losses. Throughout his 27-year career, Nolan Ryan hit those high-water marks. Gave up four years of his prime to volunteer the war. What? It was almost unfair to the hitters. It is amazing how many times he pitched over 400 inings. Just go body of work, Nolan Ryan is the greatest pitcher of all-time. He isn't even 20th in the league now. MLB players known for excellent pitching, not just great players that happen to pitch. How do you loose nine games with a 1.12 era. I mean, 27 seasons is pretty insane, especially compared to this modern era where pitchers will go a few years where they are really good, then blow out their arm, have Tommy John surgery, and struggle for a few more years before they fizzle out in the minors. List RulesOnly starting pitchers. 12 time 20 game winner, 2 time 30 game winner, 2 time MVP, 3,509 strikeouts which held until Nolan broke it 60 years later, even has 34 saves. Some were known for their incredible fastballs; others, including Sandy Koufax and Bert Blyleven, are known for being some of the greatest curveball pitchers of all time. These pitchers were able to make up for their lack … Just go body of work, Nolan Ryan is the greatest pitcher of all-time. Clemens sacrificed his reputation and polluted his stats to get money and fame. 417 Career Wins - 2nd All-Time, but not following Cy Young is his loses. Walter Johnson may be a close second, but you have to consider that his ERA was from a period when baseball was somewhat less offense-heavy. best Major League Baseball players of all time. Three time pitching triple crown winner for all of baseball and 3 time Cy young winner for all of baseball and the only pitcher in modern history to strikeout 300 batters after misusing his walks at 307.Koufax won 25 or more games 3 times in four years and his best season in 1964 was cut short or he would have won 30 games. 89-90 mile an hour fastball and nothing over the center of the plate, just the four corners. Look at his minor league stats. He also has the most 1-hitters of all time as well, with 12. This was a tough choice for me. Yep. I also find it difficult to rank dead-ball, pre-integration pitchers with the rest, though also difficult to ignore the dominance and comparables. The pitcher nicknamed the Ryan Express is widely considered one of the best power pitchers of all time alongside Bob Gibson, Pedro Martinez and a few others. Who are the most famous pitchers in the world? Koufax was pitching batting practice in about 1980 against the Dodgers before a world series game. They both threw strikes and took little time between pitches. Can't take anything from him but I never really understood why. Pitchers today would be lucky to get 11 in a career. Strikeouts and no-hitters are great, but his job was to win and he wasn't a reliable winner. He will not show the best on career statistics because of his shorter career. During the 60's other pitchers stats are not close, by the way 61 world seris strikeouts and a.095 era.JP, Yes he has the most losses. Take his career stats in all areas ranked against everyone else -- no one else comes close. These are the famous pitchers who managed, with sheer skill, to outwit and beat some of the best hitters in baseball history, too. I don't see how modern pitchers who average six or seven innings per game are going to get into the HoFame. The rankings on this website are absolutely whack-a-doodle. How can he be so low. 110 SHUTOUTS. I actually believed he did the things stated above. These are the famous pitchers who managed, with sheer skill, to outwit and beat some of the best hitters in baseball history, too. Some were known for their incredible fastballs; others, including Sandy Koufax and Bert Blyleven, are known for being some of the greatest curveball pitchers of all time. When you win 29 and the rest of your team only wins 27. Holding the records for the most Cy Young and Golden Glove awards says it all for excellence in his consistency throughout his entire career and not just great feats in certain aspects of pitching over shorter periods of time in a career full of highs and lows. He could've been the greatest pitcher ever. He dominated hitters and had some of the best seaons ever. You are the greatest case closd, The Phillies won 60 games one season Carlton had 29 wins, I met him in Oklahoma shortly before his passing and I asked the question, what kind of money would you of got pitching in this era, he said quickly the same $100,000 I played for the love of the game. He was one of the twopitchers (Matthewson & Johnson) of the five 1936 Immortals to enter the HOF. You know what other record is also completely unbeatable? Ty Cobb called him the most fearsome he ever faced. Lowest WHIP except for addie Joss-dead ball era-no dh. In a class by himself. Didnât have to enlist. THE BIG UNIT... Randy Johnson pitched a "PERFECT GAME" and also a "NO-HITTER"... and he was in the ALL-STARS 10X... and is a WORLD SERIES Champion... and a World Series MVP... and a MLB WINS Leader... and an ERA Leader 4X... and a STRIKEOUT LEADER winning the Strikeout Crown 9X... and Randy Johnson also Won the TRIPLE CROWN Award... and he also is the Winner of the CY YOUNG AWARD 5X... plus, he won the CY YOUNG Award 4 years in a row, consecutively, back to back to back to back... and he also won the Cy Young Award in 2 different DECADES 1990's & 2000's... and he also won the Cy Young Award in 2 different CENTURIES, 1900's & 2000's... and he also won the Cy Young Award in 2 different MILLENNIUMS, 1000's & 2000's... and he is also in the "4,000 STRIKEOUT CLUB"... and ''IF" he would've pitched the same number of innings as NOLAN RYAN... well then -- Randy Johnson would've been in the "6,000 STRIKEOUT CLUB"... and Randy Johnson played in an ...more, RANDY JOHNSON is the most un-appreciated and the MOST UNDER-RATED pitcher that ever stepped onto that baseball pitching mound -- HANDS DOWN the most under-rated pitcher that ever lived... of ALL-TIME! His strikeout ratios were absurd. Single most dominating pitch in history and no one can throw it like he has! When MLB has to alter the game to make it fair for the rest of the league, you know you have left your mark. Every player of the era, pitcher, hitter, white or black said so. Bob is the best, Fastest pitch in history at 107.9 MPH, 3 no hitters, and he is awesome sauce. That however does not make him the best Pitcher although I would consider putting him near the top of the list. Walter was the fastest. He was the iron man of pitching I don't know how his arm didn't fall off pitching 40 cg in a season.
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