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    Best hitting pitcher

    Who is the best hitting/most powerfull hitting pitcher you've seen live?

    On the Cubs last trip to GABP in 2006 I saw Carlos Zambrano hit a homer to the base of the "power stacks" and it was a total rocket. He's a big fella to begin with but it was a 100% shot.

    So of the various pitchers you've seen live who are the ones that stand out either as "power hitters" or, at least, very good hitters.
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    Re: Best hitting pitcher

    I always thought of Rick Wise, I guess because he threw a no-no and hit two dingers in the same game.

    However, I checked his numbers and they aren't that great.

    Kinda like Dontrelle Willis, I guess.
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    Re: Best hitting pitcher

    Zambrano
    C.C. Sabbathia
    Rick Ankiel
    Mike Hampton
    1993 Orel Hershisher (.356 BA)

    I didn't see him personally (obviously), but there was a pitcher for the Red Sox, George Ruth. I hear he was a pretty good hitter.

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    Re: Best hitting pitcher

    Don Drysdale
    Bob Gibson
    Rick Rhoden
    Mike Hampton
    Don Robinson
    Fernando Valenzuela

    And there was that Ruth guy...

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    Re: Best hitting pitcher

    Quote Originally Posted by Roy Tucker View Post
    Don Drysdale
    Bob Gibson
    Rick Rhoden
    Mike Hampton
    Don Robinson
    Fernando Valenzuela

    And there was that Ruth guy...
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    Re: Best hitting pitcher

    Don Gullet was a fine hitting pitcher. Babe Ruth was so good he was made an everday player.
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    Re: Best hitting pitcher

    JOe Edelen
    Mel Queen
    Scott Terry
    Willie Smith Jr.

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    Re: Best hitting pitcher

    I remember Danny Graves Launching a ball deep into the night against the Astros in one of his few at bats, but I dont know what his career stats were.

    Milton isn't the worst of hitters.

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    Re: Best hitting pitcher

    I remember watching Mike Hampton hit when I wasn't really paying attention (didn't realize he was up) and I had no idea it was a pitcher at the plate. He ended up stroking a solid single to the opposite field.
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    Re: Best hitting pitcher

    Come on, no one has mentioned Arroyo? 2 at bats 2 HRs, 2 RBIs, 1.000 BA, 2.000 SLG. That is pretty impressive. And his 4-4 4 RBIs in Houston.

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    Re: Best hitting pitcher

    try gazing at Livan Hernandez' stats

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    Re: Best hitting pitcher

    Wes Ferrell .797 OPS

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    hands down

    Ken Brett ( George Brett's brother )

    didn't he have a lifetime .300 average?

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    Re: hands down

    Quote Originally Posted by Will M View Post
    Ken Brett ( George Brett's brother )

    didn't he have a lifetime .300 average?
    Only 2 pitchers who appeared in 200 games/300 at bats have ever hit.300

    Code:
    CAREER
    MODERN (1900-)
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    GAMES >= 200
    
    AVERAGE                         AVG       G     
    1    Jack Bentley               .314      210   
    2    Erv Brame                  .306      218   
    3    George Uhle                .289      721   
    4    Johnny Cooney              .285      241   
    5    Red Lucas                  .283      901   
    6    Lynn Nelson                .281      266   
    7    Wes Ferrell                .280      547   
    8    Doc Crandall               .275      380   
    9    Jack Scott                 .275      408   
    10   Chubby Dean                .273      318
    All are from prior to 1945, Red Lucas was the Resd best pitcher during the late 20's-early 30's

    Here are the best BA for a pitcher since WW2

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    AVERAGE                         AVG       G     
    1    Don Newcombe               .271      452   
    2    Ken Brett                  .262      278   
    3    Fred Hutchinson            .257      322   
    4    Carl Scheib                .253      301   
    5    Mickey McDermott           .252      443   
    6    Johnny Sain                .252      393   
    7    Mike Hampton               .242      380   
    8    Willard Nixon              .242      239   
    9    Don Larsen                 .242      477   
    10   Tommy Byrne                .241      364

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    Re: Best hitting pitcher

    Maddux, Smoltz and Glavine have all been pretty good hitters. Nuxie was pretty fair witht he stick. Catfish Hunter, Steve Carlton and Rick Reuschel were good too. Wasn't Fergie Jenkins supposed to be a good hitter?
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