Friday, August 14, 2015

15 Greatest Left Handed Pitchers of All Time

Thursday was International Left-Handers Day.  What a good reason to name my fifteen greatest lefty pitchers of all time. So here goes:

15.  Eddie Plank
14.  Andy Pettitte 

13. Lefty Gomez

1976 Kellogg's

12. Vida Blue
11. Hal Newhouser
10. Clayton Kershaw
9.  Mickey Lolich
8.  Whitey Ford

2012 Panini Cooperstown
7.  Carl Hubbell
6.  Tom Glavine

5.  Steve Carlton

1933 Goudey
4. Lefty Grove
3. Warren Spahn
2. Sandy Koufax

2001 Fleer Tradtion
1. Randy Johnson

I picked Johnson over Koufax basically because of longevity of career.   Other left handed pitchers I considered were: Sam McDowellCliff LeeFernando ValenzuelaRon Guidry ,  Jim Kaat   Billy Pierce CC Sabathia and Cole Hamels . 

One addition honorable mention would be Babe Ruth.  He was one of heck of a starter before becoming the home run legend we all know him as. 

Obviously, Kershaw is still in his prime and could go up on the list very easily.  Others who has time on their side are David PriceMadison BumgarnerChris Sale and Jon Lester .   Hamels belongs on this list also.  

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