OK, are we including cheaters? Or, ahem, alleged cheaters? If so, it's hard not to go with Mr. Steroid Scandal himself,
But if we give him the heave-ho — let's do — my vote goes to
He's also the only pitcher to win at least 15 games in 17 straight seasons. He was so dominant that between 1992 and 2001, his ERA was a full run or more below the league average each year.
Nobody did it better
He doesn't stand 6-10, and he never sniffed 100 mph with his fastball. He doesn't have 511 wins or 5,714 strikeouts. He never had a week like the one a lefty had in the 1965
He doesn't have a great nickname like "The Big Train," "Rapid Robert" or "The Rocket." But as a pitcher, nobody did it better than Greg Maddux.
The art of pitching is to execute your pitch, hit your catcher's mitt and keep batters off balance. That's what Maddux did throughout a career in which he won 355 games and compiled a 3.16 ERA despite working in the steroid era. Maybe he was never as overpowering as Randy Johnson, Cy Young,
'Big Train' the man
Juan C. Rodriguez
According to the official Walter Johnson website,
The surly Cobb didn't seem the type to heap praise on just anybody, especially a pitcher.
Comparing pitchers from different eras is problematic. You can't definitively say Johnson or Cy Young was better than Roger Clemens or Greg Maddux.
One of the greatest hitters ever thought Johnson was the best. Anecdotal evidence can be as powerful as the numbers.
Don't forget the Babe
In Game 2 of the 1916 World Series, Boston's George Herman Ruth took the mound against the Brooklyn Robins. The game lasted 14 innings. And Ruth, a southpaw, pitched them all, giving up just six hits as the
His record for the longest complete game in World Series history still stands, and that game highlighted a dominant 23-12 season for Ruth, who led the
Ruth would stack up a 78-40 record from 1915 to 1918, but not long after somebody figured he'd be better as an everyday player. What could've been…