Every MLB fan has a different preference on who the best players in baseball are.
They calculate statistics, make rankings, and prioritize certain abilities that they think are the most valuable. Being "clutch" is not an attribute that many people look at, but being able to deliver in pressure situations is a major part of being a successful player in MLB.
Here are the 10 most clutch players in the game today.
Ryan Zimmerman is the young and talented leader of the Washington Nationals.
He didn't become the face of the franchise by popping long bombs every now and again. Zimmerman performs in the clutch, and has won a lot of games for Washington.
Mauer has already won an MVP in his young career, and is widely considered the best catcher in baseball.
Last year, Mauer hit .327 and had an OBP of .402. He came up big for the Twins all year and helped lead them to a division title.
Vlad is a veteran in MLB, and has been all over the country playing on many different teams.
Now, he's in Baltimore, and will look to win the fans affection with the skills he's shown off during his career.
Opposing pitchers do not want to see Guerrero stepping into the batters box when the game is on the line. Vlad is such a free swinger that it is nearly impossible to pitch around him.
Carl Crawford has been the leader of the Tampa Bay Rays over the past few years.
He has the speed to be a lead-off hitter, but his contact hitting ability is too great for him to start there. Last year, he drove in 90 RBI's, and hit .307, which are pretty typical numbers for a power hitter. He also stole 47 bases, which is just amazing.
Crawford looks to bring more of the same clutch performances to the Boston Red Sox that he's shown throughout his career.
After missing a big part of the season last year, Josh Hamilton was still awarded the AL MVP award.
He lead the Texas Rangers to a World Series appearance, and hit a whopping .359. No pitcher would want to face Hamilton in a pressure situation if they had the choice, but the depth of the Rangers offense stopped opposing pitchers to pitch around him.
Hamilton usually made them pay, and that's the main reason why the Rangers were so good last year.
Ichiro is one of the main reasons why the Seattle Mariners franchise hasn't gone under in the past few years.
He is one of the leaders in most hits every single year, and shows no sign of slowing down. The fact is, Ichiro is just a great contact hitter, regardless of how many people there are on base, or what situation the team is in.
There really isn't anything pitchers can do to get around him, and the rest of the Mariners offense is so non-threatening that pitchers aren't scared to take a chance against Ichiro.
Albert Pujols is probably the best overall player in baseball right now.
He tears pitchers up game after game, and has posted unbelievable power numbers since he's entered the league.
Pujols had 118 RBI's last season and hit .312. He makes opposing pitchers tremble in their cleats whenever he steps up to the plate. Pujols is such a big presence at the plate, and will be the leader of the Cardinals until he moves on to another team.
Big Papi is in his mid 30's and has started to slow down at the beginning of the last few seasons.
Once he gets into a rhythm though, he is a huge threat during every at-bat. Ortiz was the backbone behind the clutch comeback against the Yankees when the Red Sox broke the curse.
They were down 3-0 in the series, and Ortiz came up with major hits in every game, and he still has those abilities in his back pocket.
Manny Ramirez came up with so many clutch hits during his time as a Dodger.
As a Giants fan, I can remember Manny hitting a go-ahead home run off Sergio Romo in a one-run game in Los Angeles.
He has performed in clutch situations all throughout his career, and will make the fans happy in Tampa.
There's a reason the New York Yankees haven't let go of Derek Jeter once they got him.
Throughout his entire career, the city of New York has been able to count on Jeter to produce when they need him the most.
Jeter doesn't have to many years left in his career, but he will be a sure fire Hall of Famer once he retires.