Nowadays, fans in general watch MLB to see offense. That’s just the way it is.
However, defense has been glorified through a variety of ways on sports entertainment shows across the cable channel lineup, including ESPN, MLB Network and others.
Players today love to be included in the “Plays of the Week.” The flashy catches, such as reaching over the wall to pull back a home run, diving grabs, behind-the-back flips to second base, scooping a ball to first to nip a runner by a half-step—a multitude of incredible defensive plays can now be seen every single night.
However, great defense in baseball during the postseason is what can change the whole makeup of a game.
In 1970, Hall of Fame third baseman Brooks Robinson was selected as the World Series MVP partially because of his defense. It didn’t hurt that he hit .429 and belted two home runs for the Baltimore Orioles against the Cincinnati Reds. However, he made several sparkling plays at third during the series that sealed his MVP votes as well.
Throughout baseball’s history, there have been quite a few players who stood out because of their fabulous defensive play, and we will attempt to highlight the top 25 defenders that you would most want on the field in a pressure-packed postseason game.
And here we go…