The Greatest Living Pitcher

Peter Gammons makes the case for The Rocket. I think that we need to adjust this to read greatest active pitcher. I am also including the ESPN poll as proof that some of these guys are twisted. How can you not include Nolan Ryan.

“He has won six more Cy Young Awards (with one second- and two third-place finishes), led his league in ERA six times and in wins five times, won 12 more postseason games and at the age of 43 compiled a 1.87 ERA. And oh yes, he pinch-hit in the NLCS.

And at 44, he may hold the key to three divisional races.”

Here are the results of’s poll, asking 32 of ESPN’s baseball experts (named below) to list the top 10 greatest living pitchers. Points were awarded on a 1-10 scale (10 for a first-place vote down to a 1 for a 10th-place vote).
1 Roger Clemens 278
2 Tom Seaver 196
3 Sandy Koufax 192
4 Bob Gibson 186
5 Greg Maddux 177
6 Bob Feller 126
7 Randy Johnson 123
8 Pedro Martinez 119
9 Steve Carlton 101
10 Juan Marichal 71
Others receiving votes: Nolan Ryan 67, Mariano Rivera 41, Whitey Ford 35, Jim Palmer 33, Fergie Jenkins 6, Dennis Eckersley 6, Robin Roberts 2, Goose Gossage 2 Dave Stewart 2.
Dave Barnett, Jim Callis, Jim Caple, Dave Campbell, Jerry Crasnick, Orestes Destrade, Peter Gammons, Gary Gillette, Pedro Gomez, Orel Hershiser, Eric Karabell, Eric Karros, Bob Klapisch, Tim Kurkjian, Michael Knisley, Buck Martinez, Sean McAdam, Sean McDonough, Jon Miller, Rob Neyer, Steve Phillips, Karl Ravech, Phil Rogers, Enrique Rojas, David Schoenfield, Alan Schwarz, Jon Sciambi, John Shea, Dan Shulman, Jayson Stark, Rick Sutcliffe, Gary Thorne
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  1. Jack's Shack May 2, 2006 at 5:57 am


    Clemens is awesome, but I think that this should be phrased as active pitcher.

  2. Jack's Shack May 2, 2006 at 5:56 am


    Carlton and Schmidt- loved those guys, but not as much as my Dodgers.

  3. Jerusalemcop May 2, 2006 at 5:47 am

    Nolan Ryan definately should have made the cut. Clemens just seems to be getting better and better each year. Can’t wait to see what he has in store this year when he comes back.


  4. Stacey May 2, 2006 at 2:57 am


  5. Regina Clare Jane May 2, 2006 at 1:24 am

    Oh, yeah- loved Steve Carlton… the Phillies were great back then…

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