The 20 Best Starting Pitchers of the '80s

Joel Reuter@JoelReuterBRFeatured ColumnistJuly 16, 2009

The 20 Best Starting Pitchers of the '80s

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    DENVER - APRIL 15:  Dwight Gooden #16 of the New York Mets winds up for a pitch during a game against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on April 15, 1993 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Tim DeFrisco/Getty Images)

No. 20: Jimmy Key

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No. 19: Teddy Higuera

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No. 18: Charlie Hough

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    1990:  Pitcher Charlie Hough of the Texas Rangers prepares to throw the ball. Mandatory Credit: Otto Greule  /Allsport

No. 17: Dave Stewart

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    OAKLAND, CA - 1989:  Dave Stewart #34 of the Oakland Athletics pitches during a game in the 1989 season at Oakland-Alameda Coliseum in Oakland, California. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

No. 16: Rick Sutcliffe

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    CHICAGO - 1987:  Rick Sutcliffe #40 of the Chicago Cubs winds back to pitch during a game in the 1987 season at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois . ( Photo by: Jonathan Daniel/ Getty Images )

No. 15: John Tudor

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No. 14: Frank Viola

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    ANAHEIM, CA - 1988:  Frank Viola #16 of the Minnesota Twins pitches during an MLB game against the California Angels circa 1988 at Anaheim Stadium in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Tim DeFrisco/Getty Images)

No. 13: Steve Carlton

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    SAN DIEGO - 1986:  Steve Carlton #32 of the Philadelphia Phillies pitches during the 1986 season MLB game against the San Diego Padres at Jack Murphy Stadium in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)

No. 12: Ron Guidry

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    1987:  Ron Guidry of the New York Yankees in action during a game. Mandatory Credit: Tim de Frisco  /Allsport

No. 11: Mike Scott

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    Pitcher Mike Scott of the Houston Astros throws a pitch from the pitchers mound.

No. 10: Bert Blyleven

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    ANAHEIM, CA 1989:  Pitcher Bert Blyleven #28 of the California Angels delivers the pitch during a game at Anaheim Stadium in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Mike Powell/Getty Images)

No. 9: Bob Welch

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    SAN DIEGO -1987:  Bob Welch#35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers winds back to pitch during a 1987 season game against the San Diego Padres at Jack Murphy Stadium in San Diego, California. (Photo by: Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

No. 8: Fernando Valenzuela

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    Pitcher Fernando Valenzuela of the Los Angeles Dodgers prepares to throw the ball during a game against the Houston Astros at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California.

No. 7: Dave Stieb

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    1990:  Pitcher Dave Stieb of the Toronto Blue Jays throws a pitch during a game. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Dunn  /Allsport

No. 6: Nolan Ryan

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    1986:  Right hander Nolan Ryan of the Houston Astros pitches the ball during a MLB (Major League Baseball) game in 1986.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn /Getty Images)

No. 5: Bret Saberhagen

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    OAKLAND, CA - 1989:  Bret Saberhagen #31 of the Kansas City Royals winds up for a pitch during a game against the Oakland Athletics at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in 1989 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

No. 4: Orel Hershiser

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    CHICAGO - 1987:  Orel Hershiser #55 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches against the Chicago Cubs in the 1987 season at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

No. 3: Jack Morris

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    DETROIT - 1989:  Jack Morris #47 of the Detroit Tigers winds up for a pitch during a game in 1989 at Tiger Stadium in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)

No. 2: Roger Clemens

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    13 Jun 1993: Pitcher Roger Clemens of the Boston Red Sox winds up for the pitch during a game against the Baltimore Orioles at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.

No. 1: Dwight Gooden

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    Pitcher Dwight Gooden of the New York Mets in action during a game at Shea Stadium in Flushing, New York.

Honorable Mention

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