The best pitchers from the Cy Young Award winners list includes some of the most hallowed names in baseball history. These pitchers dominated their opponents' like few others in history, using cunning, precision and, at times, just raw power to shut down lineups. If good pitching is the key to winning, these players certainly put their teams in a good position.
- Roger Clemens Clemens was named “The Rocket” for good reason, with an arm that could hurl balls past bewildered batters. He won the Cy Young Award an astounding seven times and, amazingly, won his final one eighteen years after his first. Clemens finished his career with over 4,600 strike outs.
- Randy Johnson Johnson, a contemporary of Clemens, won the award five times. It’s interesting to note that two of the game's most dominant pitchers played at a time when offensives were exploding. Known for his mullet, high kick and 100-mph fastball, Johnson struck out nearly 5,000 batters and pitched a perfect game.
- Sandy Koufax Koufax was a middling pitcher until finding his stride in his late 20s, unleashing four incredible years on the league before retiring at 30. He is on the Cy Young Award winners list because he took home the trophy three times, in addition to being a two-time World Series MVP and a seven-time all-star selection.
- Greg Maddux Maddux is on the best Cy Young Award winners list for taking home the trophy four straight years (1992 to 1995), on his way to becoming the winningest pitcher of the 1990s. In his four years of brilliance his ERA was a tiny 1.98.
- Steve Carlton Carlton played for a number of teams over his career, but found most success during his fifteen years with the Philadelphia Phillies, where he won four Cy Young trophies. He was a ten-time all star and two-time World Series champ.
- Bob Gibson Gibson struck an imposing figure on the mound in his St. Louis Cardinals uniform and is on the best Cy Young Award winners list for winning the trophy twice, and for his amazing 1.12 ERA he posted in 1968. Gibson struck out seventeen players in one game of the 1968 World Series.
- Jim Palmer Palmer, who pitched for twenty years for the Baltimore Orioles, makes the best Cy Young Award winners list. He won three trophies while being named to six all-star teams and, most importantly, pitched for three World Series Champions.
- Pedro Martinez Martinez dominated both leagues in the late 1990s and early 2000s, on his way to winning three Cy Youngs and establishing himself as one of the game’s great dominant pitchers. He led the league in ERA five times.
- Tom Seaver “Tom Terrific” finds himself on the best Cy Young Award winners list for winning the trophy three times while hurling for the Mets. In addition to this, he was the NL Rookie of the Year in 1967 and was a twelve-time all star.
- Tom Glavine Glavine was a key part of the dominant Atlanta Braves teams in the 1990s and took home the Cy Young in 91 and 98. He was named to ten all-star teams and is one of only six left-handers to have at least 300 career wins.
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