11 Greatest Pitchers of the Modern Era

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There have been countless great pitchers in the 100-plus years of Major League Baseball history. The following list counts down the absolute best MLB Pitchers in the modern era only, defined in this case from 1960 and onward. During this period, the game welcomed the four pitchers that sit atop the all-time strikeout list. While some others may force their way on to this list in the future, such as modern-day ace Clayton Kershaw, the pitchers on our list have all completed their pitching careers. Along side the ten starting pitchers with numerous win and strikeout records, the list begins with the most dominant closer in baseball history…

#11 – Mariano Rivera

Stats: 1,283.2 IP, 82-60, 652 Sv, 2.21 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, 8.3 K/9

The greatest closer in the history of the game, Rivera converted 89.07% of his regular season save opportunities (652/732). Among the bevy of records Rivera holds, the 652 saves are the most notorious, all coming with the New York Yankees. Considering the turnover rate amongst closers, the record will likely remain for the foreseeable future. Moreover, Rivera’s 13-consecutive seasons with 30-plus saves will be a difficult task to break. Former Yankees’ manager Joe Torre once said in a Sports Illustrated story, “Let’s face it- the regular season for Mo is great, but that’s the cupcakes and the ice cream. What separates him from everybody else is what he’s done in the postseason.” Rivera, a 13-time All-Star, owns five World Series rings, an 8-1 post-season record with a 0.70 ERA, while converting 42-of-47 save opportunities.

AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File

AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File

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