15 Coolest Tattoos in MLB History

Dan TylickiAnalyst IJanuary 19, 2012

15 Coolest Tattoos in MLB History

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    Tattoos are something you don't necessarily see in baseball quite as often as in other sports. Whatever the reason for that may be, it doesn't mean they are nonexistent.

    There is a group of players that have either a great number of tattoos or a couple major ones. Some look ridiculous and others look awesome, as is the case when it comes to tattoos for any group.

    Here are 15 of the best MLB tattoos out there.

15. Javier Baez

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    Javier Baez is only a prospect currently, and he got the tattoo before he was even drafted, so due to that pretentiousness there I considered not keeping it on.

    That being said, despite a tattoo on a neck being iffy for me, what better tattoo is there to start this list with than the MLB logo?

14. Henry Blanco

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    The 40-year-old veteran catcher of the Arizona Diamondbacks may not have the largest tattoos out there, but the simplicity of them makes them enjoyable.

    From a distance, it looks like flame embers cover his left arm, and on his right he has a tattoo that says "Hank." It's generally not seen in pics, but I like what's on the left arm better anyway.

13. Josh Hamilton

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    Most of Josh Hamilton's tattoos are covered up, and it's tough to get a good glimpse of what they really are. As a result, he is low on the list, though worth mentioning.

    Among his many tattoos are a flaming baseball on his chest. At this point, the tattoos serve as a reminder of how far he had fallen and how close he came to losing his MLB dream.

12. Brandon Inge

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    The longtime Detroit Tiger, Brandon Inge has two tattoos on his arms that are a lot easier to see than many of them on this list. The tats are the names of his two sons, Chase and Tyler.

    While the sentimental value and the size is nice, and they are cool, they are a bit tough to read, especially watching a game at home. That keeps Inge and his tattoos out of the top 10.

11. Kevin Mench

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    Kevin Mench last played in MLB for the Washington Nationals in 2010, and it's likely he's done as a pro. Nonetheless, his tattoo lives on.

    It's a rather simple tattoo of an eagle's head with barbed wire underneath it. It's nothing too crazy, but it is nonetheless very cool to see; plus, it's low enough that it tended to be visible while he played.

10. Mat Latos

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    Most of Mat Latos' tattoos are on his upper body, and only a small amount of them are visible to the fans. The ones that we can see seem rather pedestrian, though he does have a cool one of the MLB logo surrounded with baseball stitching.

    The reason he makes the list, however, is because he self-designs the tattoos he puts on himself. That earns style points.

9. A.J. Burnett

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    A.J. Burnett has quite a few tattoos, and since his tattoos are a slew of individual ones over his body rather than the group telling a story as one, he's not too high on the list, though he has some that are nice.

    Among the tattoos are an Aztec symbol on his leg, the Latin phrase "Fortius Quo Fidelius" on his arm and a Pisces sign on his hand that matches the one his wife has.

8. CC Sabathia

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    For as much as the Yankees have been considered to be the clean cut franchise, they have two players in their starting rotation in the top 10 on this list. The higher spot belongs to ace CC Sabathia.

    Along his right arm, Sabathia has a nice design going that looks really cool both from a distance and close up. I'm not positive if the pattern means anything in particular, but not every tattoo needs a meaning.

7. Ryan Roberts

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    Ryan Roberts is known for two things. First, he had an amazing preseason out of nowhere and became one of the better NL third basemen in 2011. Second, he has a huge number of tattoos.

    The most obvious piece is on his neck, where he has the symbol for family alongside oak leaves, which does look great there. An iron cross on his hand and Japanese characters on his fingers are just a few of the more than 30 tattoos he has.

6. Jonny Gomes

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    Jonny Gomes' new ink from earlier this year is definitely noteworthy. He doesn't have tats all over his body (those guys are just around the corner), but what he does have is awesome.

    He has the names of his two children in ink to go along with two very well-done guns, as well as a big "IV" above it to go along with a quote. He also gets points for spelling the quote correctly, as misspellings are all too common in the tat world, and a very embarrassing occurrence.

5. Peter Moylan

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    Peter Moylan's huge number of tattoos, amounting to more than 100 hours of ink work, are so intricately done that I actually had this lower on the list, but the more I looked at it the more I liked it.

    The left arm is completely covered with various flowers, his daughter Matisse and a fleur-de-lis, among other things, while the right arm has his daughter Montana, among other tattoos. The right arm is actually still a work in progress.

4. Justin Miller

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    Justin Miller's major league career might be done, and it's unknown where he might sign in 2012. Nonetheless, he is a guy who is likely known more for his many tattoos than his play.

    A robot head, a heart and many other creations don his torso, as well as his arms, and his fingers are lined with "Odio Amor."

    Miller's tattoos were so colorful that he had to wear long sleeves while playing, as hitters called the tats distracting.

3. Jason Giambi

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    It's really not a surprise that Jason Giambi has his share of tattoos. He has them across both arms, though for this slide I'll focus on just one.

    On his right arm, he's got an awesome tattoo of a dragon. I'm definitely a fan of dragons to begin with so I inherently like it, but it's also well made and should hold up as he gets older as well.

2. Scott Spiezio

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    Scott Spiezio was a serviceable infielder during a decade in MLB and won two World Series titles (with the Angels and Cardinals). He also has one of the coolest tattoos in baseball.

    Getting a tattoo of your model then-girlfriend (now wife) takes guts to begin with, that goes without saying. Having said that, the tattoo actually does look very cool, and it puts him into that rare group of players that would be best known for something besides their playing ability with that tat.

1. Matt Kemp

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    Matt Kemp emerged this past season as a five-tool star, as well as someone who should have won the MVP (I know, I know, I need to let it go). What he does win, instead of the MVP, is the top slot in this slideshow.

    Last year, Kemp got an arm sleeve tattoo of St. Michael the Archangel. The tattoo itself looks great, and it's clear a lot of detail was added into it, even if it's tough to make out from far away.