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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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Babe Ruth is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Hitting Pitchers in Baseball History
joat added Boston Red Sox, Boston Braves, New York Yankees

Career batting stats: .342 avg., 714 HRs, 2,214 RBIs

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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Shohei Ohtani is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Hitting Pitchers in Baseball History
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

Career batting stats: .292 avg., 36 HRs, 101 RBIs

Shohei Ohtani (born July 5, 1994) is a Japanese professional baseball pitcher and designated hitter for the Los Angeles Angels of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the ...more
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Mike Hampton is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Hitting Pitchers in Baseball History
Atlanta Braves, Colorado Rockies, Seattle Mariners

Career batting stats: .246 avg., 16 HRs, 79 RBIs

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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Madison Bumgarner is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Hitting Pitchers in Baseball History
San Francisco Giants

Career batting stats: .179 avg., 18 HRs, 61 RBIs

Madison Kyle Bumgarner, commonly known as "MadBum", is an American professional baseball pitcher with the San Francisco Giants of Major League Baseball. He has pitched for the Giants ...more
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Adam Wainwright is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Hitting Pitchers in Baseball History
St. Louis Cardinals

Career batting stats: .200 avg., 10 HRs, 70 RBIs

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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Zack Greinke is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Hitting Pitchers in Baseball History
Arizona Diamondbacks

Career batting stats: .222 avg., 9 HRs, 32 RBIs

Donald Zackary Greinke (born October 21, 1983) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Arizona Diamondbacks of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the Kansas City ...more
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Carlos Zambrano is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Hitting Pitchers in Baseball History
Chicago Cubs

Career batting stats: .238 avg., 24 HRs, 71 RBIs

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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Michael Lorenzen is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Hitting Pitchers in Baseball History
Michael Lorenzen

Career batting stats: .253 avg., 6 HRs, 20 RBIs

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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Wes Ferrell is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Hitting Pitchers in Baseball History
joat added Boston Red Sox, Boston Braves, Brooklyn Dodgers

Career batting stats: .280 avg., 38 HRs, 208 RBIs

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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Ken Brett is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Hitting Pitchers in Baseball History
Ken Brett Milwaukee Brewers, Philadelphia Phillies, Kansas City Royals

Career batting stats: .262 avg., 10 HRs, 44 RBIs

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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Noah Syndergaard is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Hitting Pitchers in Baseball History
New York Mets

Career batting stats: .159 avg., 6 HRs, 15 RBIs

Noah Seth Syndergaard (born August 29, 1992), nicknamed Thor, is an American professional baseball pitcher for the New York Mets of Major League Baseball (MLB). The Toronto Blue Jays selected ...more
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Dontrelle Willis is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Hitting Pitchers in Baseball History
Detroit Tigers, Miami Marlins

Career batting stats: .244 avg., 9 HRs, 39 RBIs

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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Don Larsen is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Hitting Pitchers in Baseball History
Houston colt .45s, Kansas City Athletics, San Francisco Giants

Career batting stats: .242 avg., 14 HRs, 72 RBIs

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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Rick Rhoden is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Hitting Pitchers in Baseball History
Los Angeles Dodgers, Pittsburgh Pirates, Houston Astros

Career batting stats: .238 avg., 9 HRs, 75 RBIs

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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Tom Glavine is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Hitting Pitchers in Baseball History
Atlanta Braves, New York Mets

Career batting stats: .186 avg., 1 HR, 90 RBIs

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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Don Drysdale is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Hitting Pitchers in Baseball History
Los Angeles Dodgers, Brooklyn Dodgers

Career batting stats: .186 avg., 29 HRs, 113 RBIs

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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Jake Arrieta is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Hitting Pitchers in Baseball History
Philadelphia Phillies

Career batting stats: .171 avg., 6 HRs, 27 RBIs

Jacob Joseph Arrieta (born March 6, 1986) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Philadelphia Phillies of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the Baltimore ...more
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Jacob deGrom is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Hitting Pitchers in Baseball History
New York Mets

Career batting stats: .188 avg., 2 HRs, 20 RBIs

Jacob Anthony deGrom (born June 19, 1988) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the New York Mets of Major League Baseball (MLB). Prior to playing professionally, deGrom attended ...more
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Micah Owings is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Hitting Pitchers in Baseball History
Arizona Diamondbacks, Cincinnati Reds

Career batting stats: .283 avg., 9 HRs, 35 RBIs

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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Bob Forsch is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Hitting Pitchers in Baseball History
St. Louis Cardinals, Houston Astros

Career batting stats: .213 avg., 12 HRs, 84 RBIs

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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Don Robinson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Hitting Pitchers in Baseball History
Philadelphia Phillies, San Francisco Giants, Pittsburgh Pirates

Career batting stats: .231 avg., 13 HRs, 69 RBIs

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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Les Sweetland is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Hitting Pitchers in Baseball History
Les Sweetland Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs

Career batting stats: .272 avg., 0 HRs, 34 RBIs

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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Jack Scott is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Hitting Pitchers in Baseball History
Jack Scott Philadelphia Phillies, New York Giants, Boston Braves

Career batting stats: .275 avg., 5 HRs, 73 RBIs

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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Yovani Gallardo is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Hitting Pitchers in Baseball History
Milwaukee Brewers

Career batting stats: .201 avg., 12 HRs, 42 RBIs

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
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Sloppy Thurston is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Hitting Pitchers in Baseball History
Sloppy Thurston Chicago White Sox, St. Louis Browns, Brooklyn Robins

Career batting stats: .270 avg., 5 HRs, 79 RBIs

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