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  • Joltin' Joe
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    A lot of pitchers from the 60s/70s are overrated by casual fans. That being said, I believe that league quality was very high during Catfish's times, more so than in Friend's times. I went with Catfish.

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  • KCGHOST
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    The stats say it is just about a push, but I saw both of these guys pitch a lot of games and just never thought of Friend being as good as Hunter.

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  • BigRon
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    Seems to me there was aa thread on this last year, or at least a discussion about it. I remember Yankwood pressing hard for Hunter's superiority.

    In my opinion they are very close. I saw Friend through most of his career. He was a good, no frills pitcher. Almost always healthy, able to go deep into games, no trick pitches. Friend was on more poor/mediocre teams than good ones. I think it is very likely that Friend's W-L record would have been at last similar to Hunter's had he been on good teams consistently. Both were very good, not great pitchers- neither one meets my personal criteria for HOF- worthiness, but they were both strong workhorses.

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  • Jackaroo Dave
    started a poll Bob Friend vs Catfish Hunter

    Bob Friend vs Catfish Hunter

    8
    Bob Friend
    37.50%
    3
    Catfish Hunter
    37.50%
    3
    About equal
    12.50%
    1
    Impossible to compare across contexts
    12.50%
    1

    The poll is expired.

    Two talented pitchers, respected by their teammates and opponents, both endowed with excellent nicknames--two very different careers. Who do you like? Was Catfish's strong suit his choice of teammates? Did The Warrior pitch just well enough to lose?

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