Late blooming lefties

Every now and then I’ll be talking with a friend about some southpaw and the myth of the late-blooming lefty arises.

At least, I think it’s a myth.

I know you can bring up Randy Johnson, Sandy Koufax and Jamie Moyer. But there are some obvious rebuttles: Clayton Kershaw, CC Sabathia, Steve Carlton.

So I decided to take a look.

I think one way to look at it is to see what age a left-handed starter earned his first All Star nod or Cy Young vote.

So let’s look at the All Star teams from this century and tally what age those pitchers bloomed.

Also, we’re only looking at starters, not middle relievers and closers. I never really see this argument made with relievers. Anyway, here’s what I found:

Forty-two left-handers made their first All Star team from 2001-2018. Of those, 30 earned Cy Young votes.

The average All Star southpaw made his first appearance in the Midsummer Classic at age 25.7. They had their first Cy Young votes at a slightly older 26.5.

The oldest first time All-Stars were Jamie Moyer (40), Jason Vargas (34), Ryan Vogelsong (33), Mark Redman (32), CJ Wilson, (30) and Kenny Rogers (30). The oldest first time Cy Young voter was Kenny Rogers (41), who just edged out Moyer (40). Dontrelle Willis (21) was the Youngest All Star, just beating out Scott Kazmir (22), Cc Sabathia (22), and Francisco Liriano (22). The Youngest Cy Young vote getter was Madison Bumgarner (21).

Next week, I’ll tally the righthanders and see if the ages are noticeably younger than lefties.

Here’s the full list:

Randy Johnson

First All Star Game: 26

First Cy Young Vote: 29

Mike Hampton

First All Star Game: 26

First Cy Young Vote: 26

Andy Pettitte

First All Star Game: 24

First Cy Young Vote: 24

Eric Milton

First All Star Game: 25

First Cy Young Vote: na

Mark Buehrle

First All Star Game: 23

First Cy Young Vote: 26

Barry Zito

First All Star Game: 24

First Cy Young Vote: 24

Odalis Perez

First All Star Game: 24

First Cy Young Vote: na

Tom Glavine

First All Star Game: 25

First Cy Young Vote: 25

Randy Wolf

First All Star Game: 26

First Cy Young Vote: na

Jamie Moyer

First All Star Game: 40

First Cy Young Vote: 40

Dontrelle Willis

First All Star Game: 21

First Cy Young Vote: 23

CC Sabathia

First All Star Game: 22

First Cy Young Vote: 26

Ted Lily

First All Star Game: 26

First Cy Young Vote: na

Kenny Rogers

First All Star Game: 30

First Cy Young Vote: 41

Johan Santana

First All Star Game: 26

First Cy Young Vote: 24

Scott Kazmir

First All Star Game: 22

First Cy Young Vote: na

Francisco Liriano

First All Star Game: 22

First Cy Young Vote: 26

Mark Redman

First All Star Game: 32

First Cy Young Vote: na

Cole Hamels

First All Star Game: 23

First Cy Young Vote: 23

Cliff Lee

First All Star Game: 29

First Cy Young Vote: 26

Joe Saunders

First All Star Game: 27

First Cy Young Vote: na

Zach Duke

First All Star Game: 26

First Cy Young Vote: na

David Price

First All Star Game: 24

First Cy Young Vote: 24

Jon Lester

First All Star Game: 26

First Cy Young Vote: 26

CJ Wilson

First All Star Game: 30

First Cy Young Vote: 30

Gio González

First All Star Game: 25

First Cy Young Vote: 26

Ricky Romero

First All Star Game: 26

First Cy Young Vote: 26

Clayton Kershaw

First All Star Game: 23

First Cy Young Vote: 23

Ryan Vogelsong

First All Star Game: 33

First Cy Young Vote: 33

Matt Harrison

First All Star Game: 26

First Cy Young Vote: 26

Chris Sale

First All Star Game: 23

First Cy Young Vote: 23

Lance Lynn

First All Star Game: 25

First Cy Young Vote: na

Matt Moore

First All Star Game: 24

First Cy Young Vote: 24

Madison Bumgarner

First All Star Game: 23

First Cy Young Vote: 21

Patrick Corbin

First All Star Game: 23

First Cy Young Vote: 28

Travis Wood

First All Star Game: 26

First Cy Young Vote: na

Dallas Keuchel

First All Star Game: 27

First Cy Young Vote: 27

Jose Quintana

First All Star Game: 27

First Cy Young Vote: 27

Drew Pomeranz

First All Star Game: 27

First Cy Young Vote: na

Jason Vargas

First All Star Game: 34

First Cy Young Vote: na

Robbie Ray

First All Star Game: 25

First Cy Young Vote: 25

Blake Snell

First All Star Game: 25

First Cy Young Vote: 25

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