The 20 Most Dominant Southpaws in MLB History

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The 20 Most Dominant Southpaws in MLB History
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CC Sabathia of the New York Yankees, 32, already belongs in discussions with history's best southpaws.

Though southpaws have always been a minority in Major League Baseball, many of history's most dominant pitchers have thrown left-handed. We cannot deny that Sandy Koufax, Randy Johnson and Tom Glavine made mincemeat of top offenses.

In evaluating the careers of the following past and present superstars, we've taken four factors into consideration: peak (how effective they were in their primes), consistency (how their quality and workload varied through the years), longevity (overall career length, as well as years spent in a prominent role) and postseason performance. The pitchers received grades on an A-F scale.

A handful of active individuals—including cover boy CC Sabathia—squeezed into the top 20. But the influence of longevity made it difficult for any of them to rise toward the top.

You will surely identify several familiar names, plus several little-known old-timers.

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