5 Favorite Baseball Players Ever
Things these 5 guys have in common: they played the game right, they played the game CLEAN (overblown pine tar incident aside), and they're all in or locks to get in the Hall of Fame.
- •George BrettMy #1 guy since I was 7 years old. I mimicked his batting stance (he's the only reason I can bat left handed) and I even went as him for Halloween one year (complete with eye black). He was my first sports hero. AL MVP in 1980, World Series champ in 1985, first player to win batting title in 3 different decades, and career .305 hitter with 3,154 career hits. 1of only 4 players in history with 3,000 career hits, 300 HR's & .300 career batting average. Inducted into HOF in 1999.
- •Ken Griffey Jr.Junior. The Kid. The Natural. Ranks 6th on all-time HR list with 630 (4th if you remove PED users ahead of him). AL MVP in 1997, 13-time All-star, 10-time Gold Glove winner, 7-time Silver Slugger, 4-time season HR champ, 3-time HR derby winner, 2005 Comeback Player of the Year, all around great guy, and the reason I like to rock the backwards lid. Amazing player, unmatched character, a thrill to watch, sweetest swing ever, and the inspiration for my favorite Zooperstar, Ken Giraffey Junior.
- •Greg MadduxWon 4 consecutive NL Cy Young awards and did it with 2 different teams. 355 career wins with career ERA of 3.16. 8-time All-star and 18-time Gold Glove winner. 18! World Series winner in 1995. Did it without overpowering fastball. Relied on precision control and his own tireless efforts scouting hitters to get by. His#31 was retired by both the Cubs and the Braves. Inducted into HOF in 2014.
- •Cal Ripken Jr.The Iron Man. Most people remember him breaking Lou Gehrig's consecutive games played streak at 2,131. What most people don't know is that he extended that streak to 2,632, surpassing Gehrig's record by 502 games! Have you seen some of the reasons guys miss games these days? Cal played 2,632 without missing a game. Incredible. He was pretty good too. Rookie of the Year in 1982, AL MVP in 1983 & 1991, 19 straight All-star game appearances, 3,184 career hits. Inducted into HOF in 2007.
- •Derek JeterThe Captain. He's probably best known, and rightfully so, for excelling on the biggest stage. The bigger the moment, the better he got. 5-time World Series champ, World Series MVP in 2000, career .308 hitter in the postseason, 20 career postseason HR's, and hit .321 in 38 World Series games (he played in 38 World Series games!). Rookie of the Year in 1996, 5-time Gold Glove winner, 5-time Silver Slugger, 14-time All-star, 3,465 career hits, 1 epic Seinfeld cameo, and countless hotties bagged.