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  Part 3 - The Lists
The True Hall of Famers - The Five Levels of Greatness
The Hall of Fame Pitchers - The Four Categories of Excellence
The 25 Best Careers at Each Position
The Hall of Famers Who Do Not Have HOF Numbers
The Position Players with HOF Numbers – Not Yet in the Hall
The Pitchers with HOF Numbers – Not Yet in the Hall
The 140 Best Players of the Modern Era (1920 to Present)
The Complete CAWS Ranking for Position Players
The Complete CAWS Ranking for Pitchers



The CAWS Ranking for Pitchers – 2015

Michael Hoban, Ph.D.

Pitchers who pitched predominantly in the Deadball Era (1901-1919) are designated by an asterisk (*).  Since many pitchers in that time-frame pitched many more innings than in the modern era, the comparison between pitchers from the two eras may not be entirely appropriate. 

Starting pitchers would normally need at least 150 career win shares to be considered here.

 

All numbers include the 2014 season.

Bold  =  Hall of Famer

Italic  =  Active Player in 2014

CWS  =  Career Win Shares

CV      =  Core Value (sum of win shares for 10 best seasons)

CAWS  =  Career Value  =  CV  +  .25(CWS – CV)

 

 

                                                                                   CWS                CV               CAWS

 

 1.  Walter Johnson*             (1907-1927)                560                  380                  425

 2.  Pete Alexander*              (1911-1930)                476                  331                  367

 3.  Christy Mathewson*       (1900-1916)                426                  335                  358

 4.  Lefty Grove                     (1925-1941)                391                  301                  324

 5.  Roger Clemens                  (1984-2007)                432                  260                  303

 6.  Warren Spahn                 (1942-1965)                412                  259                  297

 7.  Tom Seaver                      (1967-1986)                388                  255                  288

 8.  Eddie Plank*                   (1901-1917)                361                  259                  285

 9.  Greg Maddux                  (1986-2008)                398                  246                  284

10.  Gaylord Perry                (1962-1983)                369                  243                  275

 

11.  Bob Gibson                     (1959-1975)                317                  258                  273

12.  Mordecai Brown*          (1903-1916)                296                  264                  272

13.  Steve Carlton                  (1965-1988)                366                  240                  272

14.  Phil Niekro                      (1964-1987)                374                  235                  270

15.  Joe McGinnity*              (1899-1908)                269                  269                  269

16.  Robin Roberts                (1948-1966)                339                  246                  269

17.  Jim Palmer                      (1965-1984)                312                  252                  267

18.  Vic Willis*                       (1898-1910)                293                  257                  266

19.  Carl Hubbell                   (1928-1943)                305                  248                  262

20.  Ed Walsh*                      (1904-1917)                265                  259                  261

21.  Fergie Jenkins                (1965-1983)                323                  233                  256

22.  Randy Johnson              (1988-2009)                326                  230                  254

23.  Bob Feller                       (1936-1956)                292                  239                  252

24.  Bert Blyleven                  (1970-1992)                339                  218                  248

25.  Wilbur Cooper*               (1912-1926)                266                  239                  246

 

 

                                                CWS               CV               CAWS

 

Burleigh Grimes                    286                  231                  245

Hal Newhouser                      264                  234                  242     

Jack Powell*                           287                  227                  242                 

Eppa Rixey                            315                  217                  242

Red Ruffing                           322                  212                  240

Early Wynn                           309                  217                  240

Juan Marichal                       263                  229                  238                 

Carl Mays                                256                  230                  237                 

Ted Lyons                              312                  210                  236

Stan Covaleski                       245                  231                  235     

 

Rube Waddell*                      240                  231                  233

George Mullin*                       255                  224                  232     

Tom Glavine                          314                  203                  231                 

Jim Bunning                          257                  221                  230                 

Don Drysdale                         258                  221                  230                 

Wes Ferrell                              233                  229                  230                 

Bucky Walters                         258                  220                  230

 

Red Faber                              292                  206                  228     

Nolan Ryan                            334                  191                  227

Bob Lemon                            232                  223                  225                 

Dazzy Vance                          241                  216                  222

Eddie Cicotte*                         247                  212                  221                 

Don Sutton                             319                  187                  220

 

Pedro Martinez                     256                  206                  219                 

Jack Quinn                              287                  195                  218                 

Whitey Ford                          261                  202                  217     

Babe Adams*                         243                  206                  215                 

Urban Shocker                        225                  210                  214     

Luis Tiant                                256                  198                  213     

John Smoltz                           289                  185                  211

Dolf Luque                              241                  199                  210                 

Jack Chesbro*                       209                  209                  209                 

Waite Hoyt                             262                  189                  207     

Mike Mussina                          270                  186                  207                 

Billy Pierce                              248                  193                  207

Roy Halladay                          226                  199                  206

Curt Schilling                          252                  191                  206     

 

                                                CWS               CV               CAWS

 

Dizzy Trout                             228                  199                  206                 

Kevin Brown                          241                  193                  205     

Jim Kaat                                  268                  181                  203                 

Bobo Newsom                        237                  191                  203     

Herb Pennock                        240                  188                  201                 

Mel Harder                              234                  188                  200     

 

Tommy Bridges                      225                  189                  198                 

Paul Derringer                         231                  187                  198                 

Chief Bender*                       231                  186                  197     

Larry Jackson                          225                  186                  196                 

Tommy John                           289                  165                  196

Jerry Koosman                        240                  181                  196

Rick Reuschel                         240                  181                  196                 

Charlie Root                            223                  181                  192     

Addie Joss*                            191                  191                  191                            

Sandy Koufax                       194                  190                  191     

Catfish Hunter                      206                  184                  190                 

Mickey Lolich                         224                  179                  190     

 

Dutch Leonard                        233                  173                  188     

Sad Sam Jones                        245                  167                  187                 

Rube Marquard*                  208                  180                  187                 

Jack Morris                              225                  172                  185                 

Vida Blue                                202                  178                  184

Lefty Gomez                          185                  182                  183                 

Frank Tanana                          241                  164                  183     

Tim Hudson                            218                  170                  182

David Cone                             205                  173                  181                 

Orel Hershiser                         210                  171                  181

Dizzy Dean                             181                  180                  180                 

 

Mark Buehrle                          213                  165                  177

Don Newcombe                      176                  176                  176                 

Bret Saberhagen                      193                  165                  172

CCSabathia                             201                  161                  171

Johan Santana                         171                  168                  169

Jesse Haines                           207                  155                  168     

Jamie Moyer                            224                  149                  168

Ron Guidry                             174                  164                  167

Dwight Gooden                      187                  156                  164

Andy Petitte                           206                  149                  163

David Wells                              211                   147                   163

Allie Reynolds                        170                  153                  157

 

 

All of the pitchers above were essentially starting pitchers even though some of them (for example, Allie Reynolds) did do some relieving.

 

 

 

In the list of “relievers” below, most are “true” relievers (that is, pitched in fewer than 1500 innings).  However, some pitched more innings than that (especially four of the Hall of Famers: Eckersley, Wilhelm, Gossage and Fingers).

 

IP  =  Innings pitched

Bold  =  Hall of Famer

 

 

Relievers

 

                                       IP                 CWS               CV               CAWS

 

Dennis Eckersley       3285                301                  183                  213

Hoyt Wilhelm              2254                256                  168                  190     

Goose Gossage           1809                223                  173                  186
 

Mariano Rivera                1283                 272                   175                   199

Lee Smith                    1289                198                  152                  164

Bruce Sutter              1042                 168                   163                   164

Billy Wagner               903                 182                  151                  159

Dan Quisenberry         1043                157                  155                  156     

Rollie Fingers             1701                188                  144                  155

Trevor Hoffman        1089                188                  135                  148

John Franco                 1246                183                  128                  142     

Mike Marshall             1387                146                  139                  141     

Kent Tekulve              1436                159                  135                  141

 

John Hiller                   1242                146                  136                  139     

Sparky Lyle                 1390                161                  132                  139     

Tom Henke                 790                 140                  130                  133     

Doug Jones                 1128                146                  128                  133     

Jeff Riordan                1132                157                  121                  130

Jeff Montgomery        869                 134                  127                  129     

John Wetteland           765                 127                  125                  126


Michael Hoban, Ph.D is Professor Emeritus of mathematics at the City University of N.Y.  He has been an avid baseball fan for over 60 years and has become a serious baseball analyst, since joining SABR (Society for American Baseball Research) in 1998.  He is the author of five baseball books including:  DEFINING GREATNESS: A Hall of Fame Handbook (Booklocker, 2012)   BASEBALL'S COMPLETE PLAYERS (McFarland: 2000) and FIELDER'S CHOICE (Booklocker: 2003). 

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