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Greatest Left Handed Pitcher In History

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Ilmago, Oct 14, 2010.

  1. Ilmago

    Ilmago Guest

    Interesting debate here from the writers at ESPN:

    http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=4231338

    Thoughts?
     
  2. Michael_ Gee

    Michael_ Gee Well-Known Member

    Koufax, Spahn, Grove, Carlton, take your pick. All top of the tops.
     
  3. JackReacher

    JackReacher Well-Known Member

    Strasburg.
     
  4. Azrael

    Azrael Active Member

    Koufax.
    Spahn.
    Carlton.
     
  5. spnited

    spnited Active Member

    Sandy Koufax is the greatest pitcher of all time.

    I agree with Spahn and Carlton in any order as the 2 and 3 lefties.


    And where the hell did you dig up an ESPN debate from June, 2009?
     
  6. HeinekenMan

    HeinekenMan Active Member

    Koufax and Spahn immediately came to mind. I cringed at the thought that Randy Johnson would be on the list. I found it interesting that they mentioned pitchers from Johnson's era having some sort of mysterious boost. I'd like to see how these guys compare in terms of innings per start. It's much easier to maintain a relatively low ERA if you're only called upon to throw six or seven innings.
     
  7. nmmetsfan

    nmmetsfan Active Member

    Jesse Orosco
     
  8. spnited

    spnited Active Member

    Oliver Perez
     
  9. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    The greatest left-handed pitcher I have ever seen play is Steve Carlton.

    I'm guessing Spahn, Grove and Koufax weren't bad either.
     
  10. Ilmago

    Ilmago Guest

    I was checking my favorites, and it was in there. I totally forgot it was there.

    Anyway, Id say the debate is pretty much between Grove and Johnson and I'd take Grove. Both had as good or better a peak than Koufax and did it much longer. Spahn had an awesome career, but can't match their peaks (interesting that Spahn and Aaron were team mates so long and are arguably the greatest examples for consistent greatness amoung pitchers and position players). Carlton just a notch behind Spahn there. His best years (especially best year) are better, but he had a few clunkers mixed in as well. Hubbell would be next on my list, but he is clearly behind all of the above.
     
  11. Captain_Kirk

    Captain_Kirk Well-Known Member

    Lefty Gomez, of course.

    Or Lefty Driesell.
     
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