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Stat corner: Most valuable pitchers in MLB history

Who had the most valuable career as a pitcher in baseball history?

We can use the Wins Above Average stat, covered in a previous stat corner, to give one possible answer. Remember, WAA gives you credit for what a player did that was above an average player at their position in the years they played.

The number represents how many wins a player meant for his team compared with an average player. The top active pitchers are also included.

Starting pitcher

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1. Cy Young, 105.7

2. Walter Johnson, 97.6

3. Roger Clemens, 94.3

4. Grover Cleveland Alexander, 77.0

5. Kid Nichols, 74.0

6. Lefty Grove, 72.0

7. Randy Johnson, 67.4

8. Tom Seaver, 65.5

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9. Greg Maddux, 65.3

10. Pedro Martinez, 61.5

21. Clayton Kershaw, 44.5

38. Zack Greinke, 36.8

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40. Justin Verlander, 36.3

52. Cole Hamels, 33.6

60. Max Scherzer, 31.1

Relief pitcher

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1. Mariano Rivera, 32.5

2. Dennis Eckersley, 30.6

3. Hoyt Wilhelm, 26.9

4. Billy Wagner, 16.5

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5. Rich “Goose” Gossage, 16.4

6. John Hiller, 14.2

7. Joe Nathan, 14.0

8. Trevor Hoffman, 13.9

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9. Lee Smith, 13.8

10. Jonathan Papelbon, 13.1

14. Craig Kimbrel, 11.8

21. Kenley Jansen, 9.9

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22. Darren O’Day, 9.9

23. Aroldis Chapman, 9.5

28. Joakim Soria, 9.1


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