When we think of the greatest hitters in the history of Major League Baseball, we usually think of a rather rote group of players:
Babe Ruth, Ted Williams, Lou Gehrig, Stan Musial, Ty Cobb, Barry Bonds.
When we think of great "pure" hitters, we also look to a rather well established group:
Cobb, Shoeless Joe Jackson, George Sisler, Tony Gwynn, George Brett, Wade Boggs, Rod Carew, Ichiro Suzuki.
These truly great players brought a common strength, common determination, and common skill to the plate with them every time they came to bat. Of course, those aren't the only things they all had in common.
They were also all left-handed.
Truth be told, Major League Baseball is a left-handed hitter's world. Simply put, left-handed hitters have the advantage against a right-handed pitcher and a disadvantage against a left-handed pitcher. The vast majority of the pitchers in baseball are right-handed, so you do the math.
As a result of this natural advantage, it is no surprise that the greatest hitters of all time happen to have been lefties.
Nevertheless, this phenomenon means that, every now and then, we need to give a little extra love to the right-handed batters.
Here is a look at the top 20 right-handed batters of all time, including a current player who is steadily moving up the ranks.