Okay…it’s time for the Major League Pitching loss leaders…alphabetical leaders, that is. Again, we’re trying to come up with the major league pitcher who has the most losses among players whose surname starts with each letter of the alphabet.

Now think about it. It takes a special pitcher to accumulate high loss totals. The pitcher has to be great enough, or just good enough, to pitch a lot of years, or maybe the pitcher is the best pitcher on a bad team. They may or may not have won more games than they lost….and some may have been excluded from the Hall of Fame because they couldn’t win pitching for a bad team.

Of the 25 letters available (no X players ever), three are from before 1900, which surprised me….I expected several more. If you guess the modern winner that counts, too.

Good luck!!

20 Responses

  1. JasonL

    Wakefield
    Hough
    Neikro (one of them)
    Blyleven
    Ryan
    Cy Young

  2. KY Chip

    Y – Cy Young – most wins, most losses
    J – Walter Johnson – close behind Young in W/L
    A – G.C. “Pete” Alexander
    R – Nolan Ryan
    B – Bert Blyleven
    C – Steve Carlton
    P – Gaylord Perry
    S – Don Sutton
    N – Phil Niekro
    H – Charlie Hough or Waite Hoyt?
    W – Early Wynn or Hoyt Wilhelm?
    K – Jim Kaat
    J – Tommy John or Fergie Jenkins?
    M – Greg Maddux
    O – Claude Osteen

  3. KY Chip

    Oops — listed J twice. Ignore the second one.

  4. Steve Price

    Lots of old standards guessed…I was surprised to see Charlie Hough uncovered so quickly…here’s the first update

    A Pete Alexander 208
    B Bert Blyleven 250
    C Steve Carlton 244
    D
    E
    F
    G
    H Charlie Hough 216
    I
    J Walter Johnson 279
    K Jim Kaat 237
    L
    M Bobby Mathews 248 (all-time leader) Greg Maddux 227 (modern leader)
    N Phil Niekro 274
    O Claude Osteen 195
    P Gaylord Perry 265
    Q
    R Nolan Ryan 219
    S Don Sutton 256
    T
    U
    V
    W Early Wynn 244
    X NO X
    Y Cy Young 316
    Z

    Tim Wakefield is not in the top five
    Joe Niekro is fourth with 204
    Waite Hoyt is third with 182
    Hoyt Wilhelm is not in the top five
    Tommy John is second with 231
    Ferguson Jenkins is third with 226

  5. Steve Price

    Frank Tanana is the T with 236.
    Jack Quinn is the Q with 218.

    Tom Glavine is third with 203.
    Mickey Lolich is second with 191.
    Chuck Finley is fourth with 173.

  6. Jose

    DANNY GRAVES!!! jk… seems like it tho

  7. KY Chip

    V – Fernando Valenzuela?
    D – Paul Derringer?
    L – Ted Lyons?
    I – Jason Isringhausen?
    U – George Uhle?

  8. Steve Price

    Fernando Valenzuela is the V with 153
    Paul Derringer is the D with 212
    Ted Lyons is the L with 230
    Jason Isringhausen is the I with 50
    George Uhle is the U with 166.

    Frank Viola is second with 150
    Tom Underwood is second with 87
    John D’Acquisto is not in the top five
    Danny Graves is not in the top five

    Open letters: E F G Z

    Updated chart:

    A Pete Alexander 208
    B Bert Blyleven 250
    C Steve Carlton 244
    D Paul Derringer 212
    E
    F
    G
    H Charlie Hough 216
    I Jason Isringhausen 50
    J Walter Johnson 279
    K Jim Kaat 237
    L Ted Lyons 230
    M Bobby Mathews 248 (all-time leader) Greg Maddux 227 (modern leader)
    N Phil Niekro 274
    O Claude Osteen 195
    P Gaylord Perry 265
    Q Jack Quinn 218
    R Nolan Ryan 219
    S Don Sutton 256
    T Frank Tanana 236
    U George Uhle 166
    V Fernando Valenzuela 153
    W Early Wynn 244
    X NO X
    Y Cy Young 316
    Z

  9. Steve Price

    Pud Galvin is the all-time leader for the G’s with 310, which is almost 100 more than the modern leader.

    Any idea who the modern leader may be for the G’s? He is a Hall of Famer.

  10. KY Chip

    Steve Price: Pud Galvin is the all-time leader for the G’s with 310, which is almost 100 more than the modern leader.Any idea who the modern leader may be for the G’s? He is a Hall of Famer.

    Lefty Gomez or Lefty Grove?

  11. KY Chip

    Ignore my last post…

    G – Burleigh Grimes

    E – Dennis Eckersley
    F – Bob Friend

  12. Steve Price

    Burleigh Grimes is the G with 212 (modern leader)
    Dennis Eckersly is the E with 171
    Bob Friend is the F with 230

    Lefty Grove nor Lefty Gomez were in the top five

    Okay…who’s the Z? Played 19 seasons for 7 different teams during a big hitting era…he won 186 games, but never 20 in a season. Career ERA+ of 106

    A Pete Alexander 208
    B Bert Blyleven 250
    C Steve Carlton 244
    D Paul Derringer 212
    E Dennis Eckersley 171
    F Bob Friend 230
    G Pud Galvin (all-time) 310, Burleigh Grimes (modern) 212
    H Charlie Hough 216
    I Jason Isringhausen 50
    J Walter Johnson 279
    K Jim Kaat 237
    L Ted Lyons 230
    M Bobby Mathews 248 (all-time leader) Greg Maddux 227 (modern leader)
    N Phil Niekro 274
    O Claude Osteen 195
    P Gaylord Perry 265
    Q Jack Quinn 218
    R Nolan Ryan 219
    S Don Sutton 256
    T Frank Tanana 236
    U George Uhle 166
    V Fernando Valenzuela 153
    W Early Wynn 244
    X NO X
    Y Cy Young 316
    Z

  13. Steve Price

    Yes, the Z is Tom Zachary who went 186-191 over his 19 year career….and average of 9-10..

    the entire list:

    A Pete Alexander 208
    B Bert Blyleven 250
    C Steve Carlton 244
    D Paul Derringer 212
    E Dennis Eckersley 171
    F Bob Friend 230
    G Pud Galvin (all-time) 310, Burleigh Grimes (modern) 212
    H Charlie Hough 216
    I Jason Isringhausen 50
    J Walter Johnson 279
    K Jim Kaat 237
    L Ted Lyons 230
    M Bobby Mathews 248 (all-time leader) Greg Maddux 227 (modern leader)
    N Phil Niekro 274
    O Claude Osteen 195
    P Gaylord Perry 265
    Q Jack Quinn 218
    R Nolan Ryan 219
    S Don Sutton 256
    T Frank Tanana 236
    U George Uhle 166
    V Fernando Valenzuela 153
    W Early Wynn 244
    X NO X
    Y Cy Young 316
    Z Tom Zachary 191