MLB Players with the Most 'Swag' on the Field
Swag is one of the things that you either have or you don’t. It is kind of hard to define, but you absolutely know it when you see it. However, if you want some type of idea to help you begin this article, I would recommend you check out this article by Adrian Chen of Gawker.
For our purposes, we are going to be talking about attitude and charisma. Each of the following players seems to be overflowing with some type of confidence. As a disclosure, this list is by no means exhaustive, but these are some of the best.
Bryce Harper, Washington Nationals
I could not start out this list any other way. Even though Bryce Harper is only 20 years old, he plays with the confidence of a guy who knows that he belongs in Major League Baseball.
There have always been critics labeling him as arrogant, but it doesn’t seem to bother him very much. In fact, as I casually watch him play from time to time, I have to admit that two things stand out to me. First of all, he is obviously passionate about baseball, and the second is that he knows he is good at it.
David Ortiz, Boston Red Sox
David Ortiz comes to the plate full of confidence. Of course, as arguably the best designated hitter in baseball history, he has a right to assume he can crush the ball at any time.
One definitive way to judge swag is by watching how a player celebrates success. When you watch Ortiz hit a home run, there is never any doubt. He has that follow-through that simply is bursting with confidence.
Derek Jeter, New York Yankees
You don’t get the name Mr. November for falling apart in the World Series. Derek Jeter is known not only for being the captain of the New York Yankees, but he also has been one of their best players for the past decade and a half.
It seems as if his career might be coming to an end thanks to all the injuries he has been battling with this season, but he is a cool performer who knows that he will deliver when it matters.
A.J. Pierzynski, Texas Rangers
He seems to be voted the most hated man in baseball every year, but he plays the game hard and doesn’t compromise that style.
A.J. Pierzynski has made his career out of that type of play. Even though he has never become a superstar, he has also never been wanting for work. There is always demand for a gritty catcher who isn’t afraid to take a hit.
Alfonso Soriano, New York Yankees
First of all, I like the fact that Alfonso Soriano keeps on hitting home runs and does it with style. He has never been a high average hitter, but when he hits a home run, he has an excellent follow-through that advertises his domination of the pitch.
Secondly, at one point in his career, he was traded for one of the best players in the game in Alex Rodriguez. However, he is not only going to be remembered as a trivia answer. He made his own name as a player.
Jimmy Rollins, Philadelphia Phillies
Jimmy Rollins has been the emotional leader of the Philadelphia Phillies for the past 14 years. Obviously, he is no longer the same type of player who won the MVP in 2007, but he plays the game hard.
In the past, he was open to speaking candidly with the media and was not afraid of making predictions. He has faith in his own ability and the ability of his teammates. Overall, he is kind of like Derek Jeter but with a more powerful personality.
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