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MLB: Strikeout-to-Walk Ratios of the Top 20 Strikeout Pitchers of All Time

Curt Schilling And Pedro Martinez Are The Two Best Control-Strikeout Pitchers Of All Time

Curt Schilling And Pedro Martinez Are The Two Best Control-Strikeout Pitchers Of All Time

Yesterday, Sports List of the Day dug some for another statistical indicator of career strikeout dominance – this time hand-in-hand with control. In other words, which pitchers in history struck out the most batters (minimum 1,000 K’s) while also walking the fewest. They’re the top 20 hurlers with the best strikeout-walk (K-BB) ratios.

But of the greatest strikeout pitchers (see the top 20 with the most strikeouts ever in the second list below), only three made that list. You see, the most dominant strikeout pitchers also, more often than not, walk a bunch of people, too.

Take the No. 1 strikeout pitcher, Nolan Ryan, a perfect example. Ryan struck out 5,714 batters – but also walked 2,795 (most ever, almost 1,000 more than the next guy).

Ryan has the second worst K-BB Ratio of the top 20, ahead of only knuckleballer Phil Niekro.

At the top, though, are those three pitchers alluded to above. Curt Schilling and Pedro Martinez are the greatest control-strikeout pitchers the game has ever seen – both over 3,000 K’s and owning the two best K-BB ratios of all time. Mike Mussina is the third of the top 20 strikeout kings in terms of K-BB ratio (and 12th overall).

RANKING TOP 20 STRIKEOUT PITCHERS BY K-BB RATIO

  PITCHER K-BB RATIO STRIKEOUTS RANK STRIKEOUTS WALKS ARM CAREER SPAN
1. Curt Schilling 4.38 15. 3,116 711 R 1988-2007
2. Pedro Martinez 4.15 13. 3,154 760 R 1992-2009
3. Mike Mussina 3.58 19. 2,813 785 R 1991-2008
4. Greg Maddux 3.37 10. 3,371 999 R 1986-2008
5. Randy Johnson 3.26 2. 4,875 1,497 L 1988-2009
6. Fergie Jenkins 3.20 12. 3,192 997 R 1965-1983
7. John Smoltz 3.05 16. 3,084 1,010 R 1988-1999, 2001-2009
8. Roger Clemens 2.96 3. 4,672 1,580 R 1984-2007
9. Jim Bunning 2.86 17. 2,855 1,000 R 1955-1971
10. Bert Blyleven 2.80 5. 3,701 1,322 R 1970-1990, 1992
11. Don Sutton 2.66 7. 3,574 1,343 R 1966-1988
12. Tom Seaver 2.62 6. 3,640 1,390 R 1967-1986
13. Mickey Lolich 2.58 18. 2,832 1,099 L 1963-1976, 1978, 1979
14. Walter Johnson 2.57 9. 3,509 1,363 R 1907-1927
15. Gaylord Perry 2.56 8. 3,534 1,379 R 1962-1983
16. Bob Gibson 2.33 14. 3,117 1,336 R 1959-1975
17. Cy Young* 2.30 20. 2,803 1,217 R 1890-1911
18. Steve Carlton 2.26 4. 4,136 1,833 L 1965-1988
19. Frank Tanana 2.21 21. 2,773 1,255 L 1973-1993
20. Nolan Ryan 2.04 1. 5,714 2,795 R 1966, 1968-1993
21. Phil Niekro 1.85 11. 3,342 1,809 R 1964-1987

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TOP 20 PITCHERS WITH THE MOST STRIKEOUTS

  PITCHER K-WALKS RATIO STRIKEOUTS WALKS ARM CAREER SPAN
1. Nolan Ryan 2.04 5,714 2,795 R 1966, 1968-1993
2. Randy Johnson 3.26 4,875 1,497 L 1988-2009
3. Roger Clemens 2.96 4,672 1,580 R 1984-2007
4. Steve Carlton 2.26 4,136 1,833 L 1965-1988
5. Bert Blyleven 2.80 3,701 1,322 R 1970-1990, 1992
6. Tom Seaver 2.62 3,640 1,390 R 1967-1986
7. Don Sutton 2.66 3,574 1,343 R 1966-1988
8. Gaylord Perry 2.56 3,534 1,379 R 1962-1983
9. Walter Johnson 2.57 3,509 1,363 R 1907-1927
10. Greg Maddux 3.37 3,371 999 R 1986-2008
11. Phil Niekro 1.85 3,342 1,809 R 1964-1987
12. Fergie Jenkins 3.20 3,192 997 R 1965-1983
13. Pedro Martinez 4.15 3,154 760 R 1992-2009
14. Bob Gibson 2.33 3,117 1,336 R 1959-1975
15. Curt Schilling 4.38 3,116 711 R 1988-2007
16. John Smoltz 3.05 3,084 1,010 R 1988-1999, 2001-2009
17. Jim Bunning 2.86 2,855 1,000 R 1955-1971
18. Mickey Lolich 2.58 2,832 1,099 L 1963-1976, 1978, 1979
19. Mike Mussina 3.58 2,813 785 R 1991-2008
20. Cy Young* 2.30 2,803 1,217 R 1890-1911
21. Frank Tanana 2.21 2,773 1,255 L 1973-1993

* Cy Young is the only pre-1901 pitcher. I left him in and added a 21st pitcher to cover the all-time list and also the current era (1901-present) of the unification of the National and American Leagues into Major League Baseball.

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Major League Baseball’s All-Time Non-Steroids, Non-PEDs Career Home Run Leaders

ALL-TIME HOME RUN LEADERS (400 OR MORE HR)

PLAYER HOME RUNS CAREER SPAN BATS
1. Barry Bonds 762 1986-2007 L
2. Hank Aaron 755 1954-1976 R
3. Babe Ruth 714 1914-1935 L
4. Willie Mays 660 1951, 1952, 1954-1973 R
5. Alex Rodriguez 654 1994-2013 R
6. Ken Griffey 630 1989-2010 L
7. Jim Thome 612 1991-2012 L
8. Sammy Sosa 609 1989-2005, 2007 R
9. Frank Robinson 586 1956-1976 R
10. Mark McGwire 583 1986-2001 R
11. Harmon Killebrew 573 1954-1975 R
12. Rafael Palmeiro 569 1986-2005 L
13. Reggie Jackson 563 1967-1987 L
14. Manny Ramirez 555 1993-2011 R
15. Mike Schmidt 548 1972-1989 R
16. Mickey Mantle 536 1951-1968 B
17. Jimmie Foxx 534 1925-1942, 1944, 1945 R
18. Willie McCovey 521 1959-1980 L
18. Frank Thomas 521 1990-2008 R
18. Ted Williams 521 1939-1942, 1946-1950 L
21. Albert Pujols 515 2001-Present R
22. Ernie Banks 512 1953-1971 R
22. Eddie Mathews 512 1952-1968 L
24. Mel Ott 511 1926-1947 L
25. Gary Sheffield 509 1988-2009 R
26. Eddie Murray 504 1977-1997 B
27. Lou Gehrig 493 1923-1939 L
27. Fred McGriff 493 1986-2004 L
29. Stan Musial 475 1941-1944, 1946-1963 L
29. Willie Stargell 475 1962-1982 L
31. Carlos Delgado 473 1993-2009 L
32. Chipper Jones 468 1993, 1995-2012 B
33. Dave Winfield 465 1973-1998, 1990-1995 R
34. Jose Canseco 462 1985-2001 R
35. David Ortiz 461 1997-Present L
36. Adam Dunn 459 2001-Present L
37. Carl Yastrzemski 452 1961-1983 L
38. Jeff Bagwell 449 1991-2005 R
38. Vladimir Guerrero 449 1996-2011 R
40. Dave Kingman 442 1971-1986 R
41. Jason Giambi 440 1995-Present L
42. Paul Konerko 439 1997-Present R
43. Andre Dawson 438 1976-1996 R
44. Juan Gonzalez 434 1989-2005 R
44. Andruw Jones 434 1996-2012 R
46. Cal Ripken 431 1981-2001 R
47. Mike Piazza 427 1992-2007 R
48. Billy Williams 426 1959-1976 L
49. Darrell Evans 414 1969-1989 L
50. Alfonso Soriano 412 1999-2014 R
51. Duke Snider 407 1947-1964 L

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ALL-TIME HOME RUN LEADERS (MINUS LINKED TO STEROIDS)

PLAYER HOME RUNS CAREER SPAN OFFICIAL RANK BATS
1. Hank Aaron 755 1954-1976 2. R
2. Babe Ruth 714 1914-1935 3. L
3. Willie Mays 660 1951, 1952, 1954-1973 4. R
4. Ken Griffey 630 1989-2010 6. L
5. Jim Thome 612 1991-2012 7. L
6. Frank Robinson 586 1956-1976 9. R
7. Harmon Killebrew 573 1954-1975 11. R
8. Reggie Jackson 563 1967-1987 13. L
9. Mike Schmidt 548 1972-1989 15. R
10. Mickey Mantle 536 1951-1968 16. B
11. Jimmie Foxx 534 1925-1942, 1944, 1945 17. R
12. Willie McCovey 521 1959-1980 18. L
12. Frank Thomas 521 1990-2008 18. R
12. Ted Williams 521 1939-1942, 1946-1950 18. L
15. Albert Pujols 515 2001-Present 21. R
16. Ernie Banks 512 1953-1971 22. R
16. Eddie Mathews 512 1952-1968 22. L
18. Mel Ott 511 1926-1947 24. L
19. Eddie Murray 504 1977-1997 26. B
20. Lou Gehrig 493 1923-1939 27. L
20. Fred McGriff 493 1986-2004 27. L
22. Stan Musial 475 1941-1944, 1946-1963 29. L
22. Willie Stargell 475 1962-1982 29. L
24. Carlos Delgado 473 1993-2009 31. L
25. Chipper Jones 468 1993, 1995-2012 32. B
26. Dave Winfield 465 1973-1998, 1990-1995 33. R
27. Adam Dunn 459 2001-Present 36. L
28. Carl Yastrzemski 452 1961-1983 37. L
29. Vladimir Guerrero 449 1996-2011 38. R
30. Dave Kingman 442 1971-1986 40. R
31. Paul Konerko 439 1997-Present 42. R
32. Andre Dawson 438 1976-1996 43. R
33. Andruw Jones 434 1996-2012 44. R
34. Cal Ripken 431 1981-2001 46. R
35. Billy Williams 426 1959-1976 48. L
36. Darrell Evans 414 1969-1989 49. L
37. Alfonso Soriano 412 1999-2014 50. R
38. Duke Snider 407 1947-1964 51. L

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ALL-TIME HOME RUN LEADERS (MINUS ALL STEROID-ERA PLAYERS)

PLAYER HOME RUNS CAREER SPAN OFFICIAL RANK BATS
1. Hank Aaron 755 1954-1976 2. R
2. Babe Ruth 714 1914-1935 3. L
3. Willie Mays 660 1951, 1952, 1954-1973 4. R
4. Frank Robinson 586 1956-1976 9. R
5. Harmon Killebrew 573 1954-1975 11. R
6. Reggie Jackson 563 1967-1987 13. L
7. Mike Schmidt 548 1972-1989 15. R
8. Mickey Mantle 536 1951-1968 16. B
9. Jimmie Foxx 534 1925-1942, 1944, 1945 17. R
10. Willie McCovey 521 1959-1980 18. L
10. Ted Williams 521 1939-1942, 1946-1950 18. L
12. Ernie Banks 512 1953-1971 22. R
12. Eddie Mathews 512 1952-1968 22. L
14. Mel Ott 511 1926-1947 24. L
15. Eddie Murray 504 1977-1997 26. B
16. Lou Gehrig 493 1923-1939 27. L
17. Stan Musial 475 1941-1944, 1946-1963 29. L
17. Willie Stargell 475 1962-1982 29. L
19. Dave Winfield 465 1973-1998, 1990-1995 33. R
20. Carl Yastrzemski 452 1961-1983 37. L
21. Dave Kingman 442 1971-1986 40. R
22. Andre Dawson 438 1976-1996 43. R
23. Cal Ripken 431 1981-2001 46. R
24. Billy Williams 426 1959-1976 48. L
25. Darrell Evans 414 1969-1989 49. L
26. Duke Snider 407 1947-1964 51. L

 

Pete Rose, Derek Jeter, Ichiro Suzuki and the Top 20 Players with the Most Singles in Baseball History

Two Of The Greatest Singles Hitters Of All Time, Derek Jeter And Ichiro Suzuki, Have Nearly 5,000 Singles Between Them, But Pete Rose Stands Alone At The Top

Two Of The Greatest Singles Hitters Of All Time, Derek Jeter And Ichiro Suzuki, Have Nearly 5,000 Singles Between Them, But Pete Rose Stands Alone At The Top

Probably – and I haven’t gone through everybody’s numbers – most players’ hits, the highest percentage, are singles.

They’re just the easiest to create.

But within that 60%-90% or so range are enough differences to “single” out those hitters who were primarily singles hitters and those who collected doubles and home runs (and much more rarely, triples) more often than the others.

Take a look at the top 20 players with the most singles ever, below. In many ways, this list mimics the all-time hits leaders list, if not always in order, at least in terms of the players themselves.

Pete Rose, man with the most hits, also has the most singles – and just over 75 percent of the bunch. He and Ty Cobb have over 3,000 singles alone (never mind total hits).

Derek Jeter rounds out the top five, all of whom have singles percentages in the middle 70’s or higher, give or take.

That’s about middle of the road.

At the high end of scale – the purest singles hitters – you have Wee Willie Keeler  (85.7%) of the late 1800’s and early 1900’s and Ichiro Suzuki (81.3%), who’s still active today.

At the other end, you have these three awesome hitters: Hank Aaron (60.8%), Stan Musial (62.1%) and Carl Yastrzemski (66.2%). Definitely not singles hitters.

PLAYER SINGLES TOTAL HITS SINGLES PERCENTAGE BATS
1. Pete Rose 3,215 4,256 75.5% B
2. Ty Cobb 3,053 4,189 72.9% L
3. Eddie Collins 2,643 3,315 79.7% L
4. Cap Anson 2,614 3,435 76.1% R
5. Derek Jeter 2,576 3,439 74.9% R
6. Willie Keeler 2,513 2,932 85.7% L
7. Honus Wagner 2,424 3,430 70.7% R
8. Rod Carew 2,404 3,053 78.7% L
9. Tris Speaker 2,383 3,514 67.8% L
10. Tony Gwynn 2,378 3,141 75.7% L
11. Paul Molitor 2,366 3,319 71.3% R
12. Nap Lajoie 2,341 3,243 72.2% R
13. Hank Aaron 2,294 3,771 60.8% R
14. Ichiro Suzuki 2,289 2,816 81.3% L
15. Jesse Burkett 2,273 2,850 79.8% L
16. Sam Rice 2,271 2,987 76.0% L
17. Omar Vizquel 2,264 2,877 78.7% B
18. Carl Yastrzemski 2,262 3,419 66.2% L
19. Wade Boggs 2,253 3,010 74.9% L
19. Stan Musial 2,253 3,630 62.1% L

Photo: Charlie Neibergall (AP) via espn.com

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