Ranking the 15 Least Athletic Players in Baseball

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Ranking the 15 Least Athletic Players in Baseball
Jason Giambi of the Cleveland Indians isn't athletic enough to field, yet at age 42, he still has a job in the majors. Jason Miller/Getty Images

Unathletic players are prevalent across Major League Baseball. Bartolo Colon, Prince Fielder and Jason Giambi serves as examples of slow, overweight individuals on the field in 2013.

Though speed and leaping ability largely determine a person's athleticism, strength, flexibility, durability and hand-eye coordination must not be ignored. In baseball, these factors manifest themselves as fielding range, defensive versatility, contact ability, baserunning and pitch velocity. Using statistics and simple video evidence, we've filtered the least athletic players from the well-conditioned population.

Eligibility was limited to those with who have appeared in the majors this season. It would be unfair to critique veterans on the disabled list, and impossible to monitor all those working through the minor leagues.

Two decades ago, John Kruk told a fan, "Lady, I'm not an athlete, I'm a baseball player." Those terms were distinguishable back then, and they certainly are in now.

The following not-so-graceful guys can attest to that.

 

*Nicknames relating to a player's size have been included in slide titles.

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