When the term “big bat” pops into your head, what is the first MLB hitter that comes to mind? Albert Pujols? Jose Baustista? Miguel Cabrera?
Sometimes the term is automatically geared toward to power-hitting sluggers in the middle of the lineup, and some of the table-setters and consistent gap guys get overlooked.
This list will be looking at the 40 biggest bats in all of MLB, and while power and “damage” will certainly be at the epicenter of the discussion, I will also highlight some guys that don’t seem to get enough credit for their services.
The 2011 season will be the main statistical pool for the construction of the group, but some hitters will get the benefit of the doubt for a horrible year if the track record is there.
Feel free to add all omissions in the comment thread, as all lists this large are inevitably going to cause spirited debate on the topic. Here they are, starting out at No. 40:
Note: Some players having surprisingly solid years for the first time may not crack the list in place of proven stars