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    According to the bleacher report, the 40 greatest throwing arms ever: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1...seball-history

    It's impossible to accurately rank them, but you can give place them in order somewhat. Everyone is going to have a different 40 players, especially for such a vague ranking. Then there's always guys who qualify but lasted less than four seasons so they don't get a mention.

    Did Bleacher Report get it right? Anyone glaring problems?
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    I saw Dave Winfield play 3 years on the Padres. His arm in 78-80 was amazing. He has to a top 10. But guess what, Winfield had the 2nd best arm on the Padres then. Darrell Thomas had a howitzer. Also Whitten and Parker are waaaaaaaaaaaay too low.

    Where do they get their info on arms like Ruth and Cobb?
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    • #3
      I would say that Roberto clemente ranks up there. For infielders, I will take Honus Wagner. Pudge Rogriguez takes it for catchers, although Campenella rightfully had a claim here.

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      • #4
        Maybe I'm mistaken, but I was always under the impression that Dwayne Murphy had one of the all-time OF arms in baseball.

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        • #5
          No list of great arms would be complete without the inclusion of Bob Kennedy, Vince DiMaggio, and Chuck Klein.

          Klein is depreciated because of his Baker's Field dimensions; but the fact is, his records in killing runners going for that extra base attest to his arm strength and accuracy [COMBINED].

          That top tier should be reserved, not for guys who throw "far," but who throw high speed, low arc bullets, with accuracy.

          Among really old-timers, Bob Meusel, Chief Wilson and Red Murray should be included as well.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by JR Hart View Post
            Where do they get their info on arms like Ruth and Cobb?
            They mention assists, but there are historical accounts of Ruth's arm, strong from his pitching days, and Cobb's muscular throw. Joe Jackson is on the list, and I've read quotes that he had a great arm but wasn't always accurate. The quotes came from BBF member Bill Burgess. If they aren't somewhere here http://baseballguru.com/bburgess/, then PM or e-mail him and I'm sure he'd be happy to provide or direct you to them.

            On another note, if a Mod wants to edit the thread title to specify that this is outfield arms, that would be great.
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            • #7
              When I saw Barry Bonds on a list of names that "just missed the cut" I stopped reading. He had a pretty weak arm.
              My top 10 players:

              1. Babe Ruth
              2. Barry Bonds
              3. Ty Cobb
              4. Ted Williams
              5. Willie Mays
              6. Alex Rodriguez
              7. Hank Aaron
              8. Honus Wagner
              9. Lou Gehrig
              10. Mickey Mantle

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              • #8
                Pretty good list, with a few oddities. Among the 3 contemporaryt NY centerfielders, this list has Snider lowest, then Mays, and Mantle as best. I think it's backwards. Snider's arm was best, followed very closely by Mays, then Mantle. Mantle, when young, had a rocket arm but injured it and never threw quite s well again, though his arm remained strong. He also was a bit erratic. Snider had the best arm of he 3 until he injured it in an informal throwing contest (with Mays!) in 1958.

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                • #9
                  Kind of a weird list...the supporting argument for Cobb is that Speaker said his arm wasn't that great??

                  He didn't stick around long, but I remember Brad Komminsk having a cannon...saw him pick up a ball in LF at Wrigley with a runner rounding third and unleash a great throw, the runner was held and the ball went on a line to the catcher, who didn't even have to move his mitt. I swear to this, a huge percentage of the crowd went, "Ooooooooooooooohhhhhhhhh", myself included. This for an opposing player!
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                  • #10
                    How did forget to mention Harry Hooper? Over the first quarter of the 20th Century, he may have had the best arm of all.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by leewileyfan View Post
                      How did forget to mention Harry Hooper? Over the first quarter of the 20th Century, he may have had the best arm of all.
                      My guess is that a lot of guys before the, say, 1930s, were basically ignored- too long ago, most of them forgotten, zero video evidence. Unfortunate.

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                      • #12
                        Rick Ankiel seems a tad low. I think its better than his contemporaries like Vlad, Guillen, Ichiro, and Francouer.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by GiambiJuice View Post
                          When I saw Barry Bonds on a list of names that "just missed the cut" I stopped reading. He had a pretty weak arm.
                          Agree completely. When I saw that, the list automatically became very suspect in my mind without even seeing it. Bonds had a quick release but to just miss the 40 greatest throwing arms in history should require just a little....I don't know, arm strength perhaps? Maybe just a little? Somewhere Sid Bream is enjoying a good laugh reading that Barry is an honorable mention.

                          I don't remember Jim Edmonds having a particular noteworthy arm. Lots of diving catches but I would take Andruw Jones' arm over Edmonds.

                          The old-timers seem very under represented here. And Ty Cobb doesn't belong on the list. I don't think his arm, particularly before his injury, was as poor as some make him out to be. But I can't see him being on this list. I remember reading somewhere that Jim Thorpe had a cannon for a throwing arm that is often overlooked because of his overall athletic prowess.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by CTaka View Post
                            Agree completely. When I saw that, the list automatically became very suspect in my mind without even seeing it. Bonds had a quick release but to just miss the 40 greatest throwing arms in history should require just a little....I don't know, arm strength perhaps? Maybe just a little? Somewhere Sid Bream is enjoying a good laugh reading that Barry is an honorable mention.

                            I don't remember Jim Edmonds having a particular noteworthy arm. Lots of diving catches but I would take Andruw Jones' arm over Edmonds.

                            The old-timers seem very under represented here. And Ty Cobb doesn't belong on the list. I don't think his arm, particularly before his injury, was as poor as some make him out to be. But I can't see him being on this list. I remember reading somewhere that Jim Thorpe had a cannon for a throwing arm that is often overlooked because of his overall athletic prowess.
                            Bonds had an accurate arm, but not extremely strong. Still a bit above average, but not top 40. Edmonds did have a great arm - extremely accurate.
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                            • #15
                              Mel Ott could throw the ball.

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