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The Best Pitchers In New York Yankees History

Updated January 6, 2020 658 votes 46 voters50 items

List RulesVote up the top pitchers to take the mound for the Yankees.

The best pitchers in New York Yankees history are all part of a long legacy of stellar pitching that stretches back to the beginnings of the franchise. Whether they were starters who became a key part of a winning pitching rotation or relievers who filled out the back end of the pitching staff, all of these players have been integral to the Yankees becoming the most successful franchise in the history of the sport.

Former stars like Andy Pettitte and Roger Clemens appear below, as well as Hall of Fame starting pitchers like Mike Mussina and Whitey Ford. Of course, there is Mariano Rivera, who began and ended his lengthy championship career as part of the Yankees roster.

So vote up the top pitchers in New York Yankees history. Help choose the players who contributed the most to the franchise over the years and those who helped the team win games when it mattered.

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    Mariano Rivera

    Yankees career: 1995-2013

    Yankees WAR: 56.3

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    Whitey Ford

    Yankees career: 1950, 1953–1967

    Yankees WAR: 53.5

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    Ron Guidry

    Yankees career: 1975–1988

    Yankees WAR: 47.8

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    Andy Pettitte

    Yankees career: 1995–2003, 2007–2010, 2012–2013

    Yankees WAR: 51.3

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    Lefty Gomez

    Yankees career: 1930–1942

    Yankees WAR: 43.2

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    Mike Mussina

    Yankees career: 2001–2008

    Yankees WAR: 35.1

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    Bob Shawkey

    Yankees career: 1915–1927

    Yankees WAR: 42.9

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    Mel Stottlemyre
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    Mel Stottlemyre

    Yankees career: 1964–1974

    Yankees WAR: 40.7

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    Red Ruffing

    Yankees career: 1930–1942, 1945–1946

    Yankees WAR: 46.5

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    Roger Clemens

    Yankees career: 1999–2003, 2007

    Wins Above Replacement: 21.2

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    Goose Gossage

    Yankees career: 1978–1983, 1989

    Yankees WAR: 18.7

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    Dave Righetti

    Yankees career: 1979–1990

    Yankees WAR: 22.8

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    David Cone

    Yankees career: 1995–2000

    Yankees WAR: 20.3

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    CC Sabathia

    Yankees career: 2009–2019

    Yankees WAR: 30.1

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    David Wells

    Yankees career: 1997–1998, 2002–2003

    Yankees WAR: 17.1

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    Waite Hoyt

    Yankees career: 1921–1930

    Yankees WAR: 36.3

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    Herb Pennock

    Yankees career: 1923–1933

    Yankees WAR: 33.4

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    Jack Chesbro

    Yankees/Highlanders career: 1903–1909

    Yankees WAR: 29.4

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    Sparky Lyle

    Yankees career: 1972–1978

    Yankees WAR: 14.9

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    Tommy John

    Yankees career: 1979–1982, 1986–1989

    Yankees WAR: 19.8

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    Ray Caldwell

    Yankees/Highlanders career: 1910–1918

    Yankees WAR: 28.4

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    Russ Ford

    Yankees/Highlanders career: 1909–1913

    Yankees WAR: 27.3

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    Allie Reynolds

    Yankees career: 1947–1954

    Yankees WAR: 19.6

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    Fritz Peterson

    Yankees career: 1966–1974

    Yankees WAR: 19.6

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    Rudy May
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    Rudy May

    Yankees career: 1974–1976, 1980–1983

    Yankees WAR: 12.2