Heavy Hitters Edition: Who Is Number One?
There sure are some great debates out there.
Who is the greatest pitcher of all time?
Who is the greatest hitter of all time?
Who is the greatest third baseman who drove in the most runs with runners in scoring position on the fifth through the tenth of September?
All those amazing arguable topics aside, the real Major League Baseball hot topic on everyone's mind is who is the greatest big guy to ever play the game?
The order the players are in is highly debatable, so feel free to argue for your guy, in the comments.
Although not officially on the list due to only playing in 14 Major League games, Walter Young must be given credit.
Young currently holds the record for having the highest body mass index, 38.2, of any player in major league history.
Weighing in at 322 pounds, he is the largest player to play in the history of the majors.
Young currently plays for the Sussex Skyhawks in Augusta, New Jersey.
At number seven, weighing in at 230 pounds, is David Ortiz.
Big Papi is one of the most feared fat guys to ever step into the batter’s box.
In his 12-year career, Ortiz has racked up pretty good numbers with most of them for the Boston Red Sox.
From 2004 to 2006, Papi hit over 40 home runs for the Sox and was a four time Silver Slugger Award winner.
Ortiz also has five All Star team selections, and two World Series titles, with Boston.
With 289 career home runs and 969 career RBI’s; Big Papi has had a fulfilling career as a one of the larger baseball players.
At number six, weighing in at 240 pounds, we have Cecil Fielder.
A career .255 hitter, Fielder made appearances for the Indians, Angels, Yankees, Tigers, and Blue jays from 1985 through 1998.
Fielder's career stats as a slugger are impressive, with 1,008 RBI's, 319 home runs, and a slugging percentage of .482.
Fielder also racked up three All Star selections, and two Silver Slugger Awards.
Fielder also got himself a ring, winning the 1996 World Series, as a member of the New York Yankees.
Coming in at number five, weighing 270 pounds, is Prince Fielder.
The son of husky hitter Cecil Fielder is on his way to being one of the best fat guys ever to play the game.
The youngest player on the list has racked up some impressive numbers in his young career.
Fielder has racked up 312 RBIs and 114 home runs, in four years with the Milwaukee Brewers.
Fielder also has a career slugging percentage of .533.
Fielder's 50 home runs in 2007, made him the youngest player ever to the 50 home run mark, at his age of 24.
Weighing in at 270 pounds, the number four big hitter of all time is Mo Vaughn.
In his career, which spanned the 1991-2003 seasons, Vaughn played for three different teams: the Red Sox, Angels, and Mets.
Vaughn's racked up some impressive awards over his 12-year career: three trips to the All Star game, the 1995 Silver Slugger Award, and the 1995 AL MVP.
Vaughn's career statistics are good, with 324 home runs and 1,068 RBI's, as well as a slugging percentage of .523.
Vaughn's signature, crowd the plate, batting stance made it difficult for pitchers to throw inside.
Considering his sheer size alone, it is difficult not to plunk him.
Weighing in at 210 pounds, Kirby Puckett is the number two best heavy hitter of all time.
Playing all 12 of his seasons for the Twins, Puckett has put up some of the most impressive stats and accolades for any player in major league history.
With a career slugging percentage of .477, Puckett hit 207 home runs and drove in 1,085 RBI's.
He retired with one of the greatest batting averages ever recorded, at .318.
The list of his career achievements is one of the most impressive ever; including ten All-Star selections, six Silver Slugger Awards, and two World Series titles with the Twins.
Puckett was a six time gold glove winner, a stat rarely achieved by men of his size.
Puckett's number, 34, was retired by the Twins in 1997, and he was elected to the Hall Of Fame in 2001.
Weighing in at 210 pounds, and reportedly 254 pounds late in his career, the number one big hitter is Babe Ruth.
Ruth is known as one of the greatest baseball players of all time and his name alone is synonymous with baseball.
Voted into the Hall Of Fame in 1936, the Bambino's stats are big enough to shoot him to the top of this list.
In ten years with the Yankees and Red Sox, Ruth hit 714 home runs, drove in 2,213 runs, and had a major league record, career slugging percentage of .690.
The Babe was a two time All Star and a seven time World Series champion.
The Yankees retired Ruth's number, 3, in 1948.