Here it is: my highly anticipated list of the top 10 hitters of my generation. Once again, I’m defining my generation as 1990-2010 — players must have done the majority of their damage between these years to be eligible for the list.
Before we dive in, let’s make one thing clear — this is my list. That being said, I have chosen to not include any players that have been proven steroid users — they should all drop dead. Sorry Yankees fans, Jason Giambi can’t make this list. Neither can Mark McGwire. This is a country where you are innocent until proven guilty people. Deal with it. But because this is my list, we’re eliminating Barry Bonds as well. I mean, the circumference of his head grew an inch and a half and he was suddenly hitting 80 home runs a year. You get the point.
Here we go, in order.
1) Ichiro Suzuki — In his 9 seasons in the US, he’s won the batting title 6 times. He’s never hit under .300 and never had fewer than 200 hits in a season. He’s amassed 2200 hits in 9 years, averaging 229 hits per year and a .332 average. He flat out has better bat control than anyone, maybe ever.
2) Tony Gwynn — Tony won 8 batting titles, never hit under .300, and had a lifetime .338 average. He’s also in the 3000 hit club, with 3141 hits.
3) Albert Pujols — His 162 game averages are: .332, 42 home runs, and 128 RBI’s. Easily the best combination of average and power of my generation, Albert may ultimately go down as the best hitter ever. I pray to god that he never took steroids.
4) Manny Ramirez — Career 162 game averages of .313, 40 home runs, and 131 RBI’s. He’s had plenty of clutch post season hits, and might be the most difficult power hitter of my generation to get out.
5) Derek Jeter — One of baseball’s all-time clutch post season hitters, he has a career .315 average. 207 hits per 162 games played.
6) Ken Griffey Jr. — The sweetest swing I have ever seen, Griffey would have ended his career with about 875 home runs had he not been horribly plagued by injuries. He still ended up with 630 — not too shabby.
7) Albert Belle — This one may surprise you, but from 1991-2000 he might have been the best hitter in baseball. If you don’t believe me, go look at his numbers. Crazy.
8)David Ortiz — His power numbers from 2003-2010 are as good as anyone’s, but it’s David’s clutchness in the post season that gets him on this list. He almost personally delivered the Red Sox their first World Series title in 86 years in 2004, then did it again in 2007. A fun fact? In 2005 he hit 20 home runs that either tied or won games for the Sox.
9) Frank Thomas — A .301 average and 521 home runs have to be good for something, right?
10) Mark Grace — Another sleeper, there is no way you would have had Mark Grace on your list. But that is why howiGit’s blog is the better than any other. Grace led all players in the 90’s in hits, doubles, and sac flys — all hallmarks (no pun intended) of a great hitter.
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