Ten Baseball Players Who Deserve to be Recognized on and off the Field
Baseball is one of the most liked sports especially in the Americas and East Asia. The sport has produced many great players since the game was first played in the 18th century. To be a great hitter in baseball, you must have great hand-eye coordination. And to be a great baseball pitcher is anybody’s guess.
Here is a list of baseball players who have tremendous skills in a baseball field:
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Joey Votto had his ML debut in 2007 and has since racked up records after records under his belt. During his illustrious career, he has won the National League MVP Award, the NL Hank Aaron Award, and also the Canada’s Athlete of the Year.
Votto is of Italian descent who also played basketball and hockey in his early life. Joey Votto has twin brothers Ryan and Paul and is represented by sports agent Dan Lozano. Joey Votto is very well-known as being a clutch hitter in a baseball game.
Kluber is a starting pitcher at his current team, the Cleveland Indians. He is an All-Star and a Cy Young Award winner and very deserving to be on this list. His deadly throw is the famous sinker that he learned while he was playing for the Columbus Clippers.
He has a breakout year in 2017 as an American League ERA and wins leader. Corey Kluber is happily married with his wife Amanda and they have three lovely children together.
Stanton was born in Panama City, CA and selected by the Florida Marlins in 2007 MLB Draft. Currently, he has the richest contract in team sports history of $325 Million over 13 years. With his big contract, Stanton managed to win the National League Most Valuable Player Award in 2017.
Giancarlo Stanton’s career has been plague with injury but he always comes back stronger and better as a baseball player. Stanton has many names in his arsenal. His friends call him “Mike” and his mom calls him “Cruz.”
See more Giancarlo Stanton Highlights: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KHiezM4OgTc
Charlie’s real name is Charles Cobb Blackmon and he made his MLB debut with the Colorado Rockies in 2011. He plays center fielder and is left handed. Even though Charlie was born in Dallas, TX, he was a fan of the Atlanta Braves growing up.
Charlie Blackmon is very humble, despite making millions of dollars playing baseball in the Major League, he still drives the same 2004 Jeep Cherokee he had since high school to Spring Training.
Chris Sale has a nickname “the Condor” that sticks with him since 2012 because his throwing style resembles a condor spreading its wings. His unconventional throwing motion really fascinates baseball fans around the world.
Chris is a Major League All-Star and a two-time American League strikeout leader. Sale started his MLB career as a member of Chicago Whitesox where he made his debut in 2010. His fast ball ranges between 93-99 MPH.
Nolan made his debut in the Major League with the Colorado Rockies in April, 2013. Within 4 year-period, he has established himself as a highly-productive baseball player for his ball club. Nolan Arenado was born in California and had several noteworthy MLB awards under his belt.
Nolan’s favorite baseball players are Adrian Beltre and Matt Holiday. Arenado’s career started as a tough defender but he developed his skills to be more of an all-around player. As a hitter, he is very well-respected as he posts amongst the best numbers in hits, batting average, home runs, and others.
Max was born in Chesterfield, Missouri, July 27, 1984 and had his debut with the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2008. He has won 3 Cy Young Awards and 2 National League strikeout leader and counting.
His pitching speeds are: fastball – 96 MPH, slider – 86 MPH, changeup – 85 MPH, and curveball – 79 MPH. Another interesting fact about Max is that he has 2 different eye color. His left eye is brown and his left eye is blue.
Anthony Rizzo is a Major League Baseball All-Star who is currently playing for the Chicago Cubs. He was selected 7th overall by the Boston Red Sox in 2007 MLB Draft. Rizzo won a World Series Title while playing for the Cubs in 2016.
Anthony Rizzo’s personal life has not been as smooth as his baseball career. He was diagnosed with lymphoma back in 2008 and the best doctors said about his condition was: “He could live a normal life”. Rizzo overcame the adversity and became one of the best and most respected players in the Major League.
Kenley was an undrafted free-agent that was picked up by the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2004. As a pitcher, Kenley Jensen is known for his fast ball pitches topping 98 MPH. He also develops his changeup and manages to throw 70% strikes in 2012 season.
Kenley Jansen’s career has several drawbacks as he experiences multiple heart issues (irregular heartbeat) during his career.
Clayton Kershaw is definitely one of the biggest names in baseball today. He has won multiple Cy-Young Awards, a Golden Glove Award, a Triple Crown, and many others. Clayton and his wife also spends a lot of their time doing voluntary and humanitarian work for people who are less fortunate.
There you have it. Who do you think is the best baseball player on this list?