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Johnson's place among best LHPs

The Big Unit belongs in the company of Carlton, Grove and Koufax. Who's No. 1?

Updated: January 6, 2010, 5:34 PM ET
By Dave Cameron | FanGraphs.com
Getty ImagesDid you see the 2001 World Series? Dude was dealing.

Pro sports brings you at least one compelling debate per day, right? Current baseball version: Is Randy Johnson the greatest left-handed pitcher of all time? Seems like a good topic to address with metrics, no? We recruited FanGraphs managing editor Dave Cameron to do just that. To cast your vote on this topic, please click here.

At 6-foot-10, Randy Johnson always has stood above the crowd. He doesn't stand out just because of his height, though. When we line up all the left-handed pitchers the game has seen, Johnson is the first one we notice. His career is unmatched by that of any other left-hander, and he is the most dominant lefty ever to take the mound.


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