Few things in the world of sports are more amusing or mysterious than fat athletes. These portly, pudgy players pack on the pounds yet somehow still manage to pull off the role of "professional" , often accomplishing what physics alone would deem improbable.
In sports like football, weight can be a key asset, but baseball is different story. With its stops and starts, periods of inactivity and bursts of action, it is, for the most part, a fit man's game. Still, throughout its history and even today, the game employs notable exceptions.
Let's take a trip through the annals of MLB looking for big'uns who made their mark. And where better to begin than the here and now? First up are 15 active players who tip the scales. Following those are 30 of history's tubbiest talents. In all, 45 big-eaters who have left a hefty imprint on America's pasttime.
I'll say up front that this is not intended to be malicious or insulting to players, their families, friends or fans. It is (I hope) all in good fun. Official heights and dubious weights are provided by baseball-reference.com.