Baseball The Greatest Hitting Pitchers in Baseball History  

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List Rules Whether they knocked record home runs or led in OPS, who are best hitting pitchers in MLB history?

Going down as one of the greatest hitting pitchers in baseball history is a difficult feat, especially when you consider a majority of these star pitchers are only batting every 5 games—at most. Now known as "pitchers who rake", these aces aren't just winning games for their teams with strikeouts and dominant pitching in general; they're stepping up to the plate, getting on base, and scoring runs. Of all the MLB's top hitting pitchers, both old and new, who do you think is the best of all time?

Now, there have been some great hitting pitchers since the early days of professional baseball, but it wasn't until 1980 when the Silver Slugger started being awarded and they really started to get recognized for such an uncommon skill. From early winners like Bob Forsch and Rick Rhoden to modern-day baseball's Madison Bumgarner and Carlos Zambrano, these are certainly pitchers who rake. Of course, we can't forget some of the earliest sluggers of the mound, such as Sloppy Thurston, Jack Scott, and Don Larsen, among many others. Another thing to consider here is these aren't just your average pitchers who can swing the bat—many of them are even the MLB's greatest pitchers.

Take a look at the list of greatest hitting pitchers below and vote up your choices for the best of all time—whether you think that comes down to batting average, home runs, or OPS. Feel free to add others to the list as well.

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Shohei Otani is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Hitting Pitchers in Baseball History
Shohei Ohtani Shohei Ohtani is a Japanese professional baseball pitcher and designated hitter for the Los Angeles Angels of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham ...more

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Madison Bumgarner is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Hitting Pitchers in Baseball History
Madison Kyle Bumgarner, commonly known by his nickname, "MadBum", is an American professional baseball pitcher with the San Francisco Giants of Major League Baseball. He has pitched ...more

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Tom Glavine is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Hitting Pitchers in Baseball History
Thomas Michael "Tom" Glavine is an American retired professional baseball player. A pitcher, Glavine played in Major League Baseball for the Atlanta Braves and New York Mets. With 164 ...more

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Rick Rhoden is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Hitting Pitchers in Baseball History
Richard Alan Rhoden is a professional golfer and was a Major League Baseball pitcher. During his 16 year baseball career, he played for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Pittsburgh Pirates and Houston ...more

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Mike Hampton is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Hitting Pitchers in Baseball History
Michael William Hampton is an American former professional baseball player. Hampton played in Major League Baseball as a pitcher from 1993 through 2010. He pitched for the Seattle Mariners, ...more

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Jake Arrieta is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Hitting Pitchers in Baseball History
Jacob Joseph Arrieta is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Philadelphia Phillies of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the Baltimore Orioles and Chicago Cubs. ...more

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Carlos Zambrano is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Hitting Pitchers in Baseball History
Carlos Alberto Zambrano, nicknamed "Big Z" or "El Toro", is a former Venezuelan professional baseball pitcher. He played in Major League Baseball from 2001 to 2012 for the ...more

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Don Drysdale is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Hitting Pitchers in Baseball History
Donald Scott "Don" Drysdale was a Major League Baseball player and Hall of Fame right-handed pitcher with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Drysdale was one of the most dominant pitchers of the ...more

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Dontrelle Willis is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Hitting Pitchers in Baseball History
Dontrelle Wayne Willis, nicknamed "The D-Train", is an American former professional baseball pitcher. He played in Major League Baseball for the Florida Marlins, Detroit Tigers, ...more

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Bob Forsch is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Hitting Pitchers in Baseball History
Robert Herbert Forsch was an American right-handed starting pitcher who spent most of his sixteen years in Major League Baseball with the St. Louis Cardinals before finishing his playing career ...more

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Noah Syndergaard is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Hitting Pitchers in Baseball History
Noah Seth Syndergaard, nicknamed Thor, is an American professional baseball pitcher for the New York Mets of Major League Baseball (MLB). The Toronto Blue Jays selected him in the first round of ...more

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Sloppy Thurston is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Hitting Pitchers in Baseball History
Sloppy Thurston Hollis John "Sloppy" Thurston was a starting pitcher in Major League Baseball. He played professionally for the St. Louis Browns, Chicago White Sox, Washington Senators 1901–1960, ...more

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Travis Wood is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Hitting Pitchers in Baseball History
Travis Alan Wood is an American professional baseball pitcher who is a free agent. He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Cincinnati Reds, Chicago Cubs, Kansas City Royals, and San ...more

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Adam Wainwright is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Hitting Pitchers in Baseball History
Adam Parrish Wainwright is an American professional baseball starting pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals of Major League Baseball. The Atlanta Braves selected him at 29th overall in the first ...more

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Ken Brett is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Hitting Pitchers in Baseball History
Ken Brett Kenneth Alven "Ken" Brett was a Major League Baseball pitcher and the second of four Brett brothers who played professional baseball, the most notable being the youngest, George Brett. ...more

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Wes Ferrell is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Hitting Pitchers in Baseball History
joat added Wesley Cheek "Wes" Ferrell was an American professional baseball player. He played in Major League Baseball from 1927 through 1941. Primarily a starting pitcher, Ferrell played for the ...more

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Babe Ruth is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Hitting Pitchers in Baseball History
joat added George Herman "Babe" Ruth, Jr. was an American baseball outfielder and pitcher who played 22 seasons in Major League Baseball from 1914 to 1935. Nicknamed "The Bambino" and ...more

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Zack Greinke is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Hitting Pitchers in Baseball History
Donald Zackary Greinke is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Arizona Diamondbacks of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the Kansas City Royals, Milwaukee ...more

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Stephen Strasburg is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Hitting Pitchers in Baseball History
Stephen James Strasburg is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Washington Nationals of Major League Baseball. Strasburg was selected by Washington with the first pick in the 2009 ...more

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Jack Scott is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Hitting Pitchers in Baseball History
Jack Scott John William Scott was a professional baseball player who played pitcher in the Major Leagues from 1916 to 1929. He would play for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Boston Braves, Cincinnati Reds, New ...more

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Les Sweetland is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Hitting Pitchers in Baseball History
Les Sweetland Lester Leo Sweetland was a professional baseball pitcher in the Major Leagues from 1927 to 1931. He played for the Philadelphia Phillies and Chicago Cubs. Sweetland's 7.71 ERA in 1930 is the ...more

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Claude Hendrix is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Hitting Pitchers in Baseball History
Claude Hendrix Claude Raymond Hendrix born in Olathe, Kansas, USA, is a former professional baseball player who played pitcher in Major League Baseball for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Chicago Chi-Feds/Chicago ...more

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Don Larsen is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Hitting Pitchers in Baseball History
Donald James Larsen is an American former Major League Baseball pitcher. During a 15-year MLB career, he pitched from 1953–1967 for seven different teams. Larsen pitched for the St. Louis Browns ...more

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Don Robinson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Hitting Pitchers in Baseball History
Don Allen "Donnie" Robinson, is a former Major League Baseball pitcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates, San Francisco Giants, California Angels, and Philadelphia Phillies from 1978 through ...more

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Micah Owings is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Hitting Pitchers in Baseball History
Micah Burton Owings is an American professional baseball player who is currently a free agent. In his major league career from 2007-2012, Owings was used exclusively as a pitcher and occasional ...more

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Carl Mays is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Hitting Pitchers in Baseball History
Carl William Mays was a right-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball from 1915 to 1929. He is primarily remembered for throwing the beanball that killed Ray Chapman of the Cleveland Indians on ...more

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Michael Lorenzen is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Hitting Pitchers in Baseball History
Michael Lorenzen Michael Clifton Lorenzen is an American professional baseball pitcher in the Cincinnati Reds organizaion. As a college baseball player, Lorenzen played outfield and pitched for the Cal State ...more

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Jacob deGrom is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Hitting Pitchers in Baseball History
Jacob Anthony deGrom is an American professional baseball pitcher for the New York Mets of Major League Baseball. He made his MLB debut with the Mets on May 15, 2014. DeGrom was named the ...more

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Yovani Gallardo is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Hitting Pitchers in Baseball History
Yovani Gallardo is a Mexican professional baseball pitcher for the Texas Rangers of Major League Baseball. He was selected in the second round of the 2004 Major League Baseball Draft out of ...more