With baseball season now underway in spring training, the debate over the best hitters is also underway.
Well, all of your questions will, hopefully, be solve in this ranking of the 50 best overall hitters in Major League Baseball, with profiles on selected players.
Here they are:
50. Nick Markakis, OF, Orioles- The young outfielder for the Orioles provides a mix of everything, with 43 homers, 199 RBI, a .303 batting average, and 91 doubles over the last two seasons.
49. Andre Ethier, OF, Dodgers
48. Ryan Ludwick, OF, Cardinals
47. Adam Dunn, OF, Diamondbacks
46. Russell Martin, C, Dodgers
45. Jermaine Dye, OF, White Sox
44. Ian Kinsler, 2B, Rangers- Kinsler, a former teammate of Dustin Pedroia at Arizona State, had a break out season in 2008. He was one of the leaders in many categories in the American League.
43. Alfonso Soriano, OF, Cubs
42. Johnny Damon, OF, Yankees
41. Raul Ibanez, OF, Seattle Mariners
40- Michael Young, SS, Rangers
39. Derek Jeter, SS, Yankees
38. Milton Bradley, OF, Cubs- Bradley signed with the Cubs in the offseason and will help them make their push to the World Series with both his bat and glove.
37. Carlos Pena, 1B, Rays
36. Derrek Lee, 1B, Cubs
35. Aubrey Huff, 1B/DH, Orioles
34. Vladimir Guerrero- Still puts up great numbers, but Vlad is on the down side of his career.
33. Brian Roberts, 2B, Orioles
32. Carlos Quentin, OF, White Sox
31. Brian McCann, C, Braves- McCann is one of the most underrated players in the circuit. He constantly gives a team incredible stats, but it can be underappreciated.
30. Carlos Delgado, 1B, Mets
29. Kevin Youkillis, 1B/3B, Red Sox
28. Joe Mauer, C, Twins
27. Chase Utley, 2B, Phillies
26. Prince Fielder, 1B, Brewers
25. Carlos Lee, OF, Astros- Lee arguably had his best season in 2008. He hit .314 with 28 dingers and 100 RBI in only 115 games.
24. Adrian Gonzalez, 1B, Padres
23. Grady Sizemore, OF, Indians
22. Jimmy Rollins, SS, Phillies
21. Evan Longoria, 3B, Rays
20. Magglio Ordonez, OF, Tigers
19. David Ortiz, DH, Red Sox
18. Josh Hamilton- Hamilton is truly an amazing story. He has battled back from drug addictions to notch 32 homers, 130 RBI, and a .304 batting average last season.
17. Jose Reyes, SS, Mets
16. Ichiro Suzuki, OF, Mariners- Three words: Hall of Fame. That's what is in the future for this Japanese hitting machine.
15. Carlos Beltran, OF, Mets
14. Justin Morneau, 1B, Twins
13. Chipper Jones, 3B, Braves
12. Dustin Pedroia, 2B, Red Sox
11. David Wright, 3B, Mets
10. Mark Teixera, 1B, Yankees
9. Matt Holliday, OF, Athletics
8. Ryan Braun, OF, Brewers- One of the game's brightest young stars. Has incredible power and is clutch.
7. Lance Berkman, 1B, Astros
6. Miguel Cabrera, 1B, Tigers
5. Manny Ramirez, OF, un-signed
4. Ryan Howard, 1B, Phillies
3. Hanley Ramirez, SS, Marlins
2. Alex Rodriguez, 3B, Yankees- Despite steroid allegations, Alex is still a premier player.
1. Albert Pujols, 1B, Cardinals- The reigning NL MVP is the best all-around player in the MLB. Albert is also one of the most clutch, thus receiving the No.1 ranking.
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