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The Best Lefthanded Batters and Lefthanded Pitchers in Baseball

Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Ted Williams, Stan Musial, Reggie Jackson, Tony Gwynn, Barry Bonds, and Ken Griffey Jr. are among the best ever.

Read about them, and many other greats!

Lefthanded Baseball is the best source of information and statistics
on your favorite lefthanded batters and lefthanded pitchers.

Click here for the lefthanders view of the 2022 season

Still no lefthanded catchers, second-basemen, shortstops, or third-basemen in major league baseball.

*Current best based on career accomplishments, not just their most recent years.

​​​​Why Aren't There More Lefthanders Playing Baseball?

Lefthanders have always played and will continue to play a prominent role in baseball, 
but the ongoing bias that still prevents them from playing all positions on the baseball diamond  
limits the opportunities for lefthanded children to learn to play and enjoy playing the game.​

​​Lefty vs Righty Strategy

Teams use platoon-players and pinch-hitters and relief pitchers to create strategic advantages

Switch-Hitters                                        Switch-Pitchers

​​​​Lefty Grove, Carl Hubbell, Warren Spahn, Whitey Ford, Sandy Koufax,  Steve Carlton, Tom Glavine, and Randy Johnson are among the best ever. 

Read about them, and many other greats!

Starters-Clayton Kershaw, David Price, Madison Bumgarner, Chris Sale...
Relievers-Aroldis Chapman, Zach Britton, Sean Doolittle, Brad Hand... 

​Read about them, and many others!

Lefthanded throwers can be very good defenders, as pitchers, first-basemen, or outfielders.

Joey Votto, Freddie Freeman, Charlie Blackmon, Michael Brantley,
Bryce Harper, Anthony Rizzo, Christian Yelich, Cody Bellinger...

Read about them, and many others!