For a game raised in cornfields and cow pastures, America’s cities have produced some pretty fine baseball players. In tribute to my own urban-suburban roots (from the mean streets of Washington, DC to the lean streets of Takoma Park, MD) I decided to select the best ballplayer from each of the 30 largest metro areas in the United States. The selections are based exclusively on where players were born, not where they were raised. In all, the exercise makes for...well...a list. That much I know.
Onward now! To the alleyways of Brooklyn, the boulevards of Los Angeles—to every ratpacked metropolis in America’s tensile webbing.
Forward! Toward the brightest lights, past the patterned lowlands and crooked wilds.
With pace! Along the canopies of concrete jungles.
Country boys need not apply.