This is the second in my series running down the 20 best starting pitchers from each decade. My first was on the 1970s; here's a link to the article in case you missed it.
The '80s were quite a bit more difficult than the '70s were. There was not such a clear-cut upper echelon during this decade, at least not compared to the '70s.
I ran into problems with players who started their careers in the middle of the decade, like Dwight Gooden and Roger Clemens, as well as players who retired in the middle of the decade, like Steve Carlton and Ron Guidry.
I look forward to hearing what you as the reader think of who made my list, as well as where I ranked them, and I encourage you to let me know what you would have done differently.