Every male sports fan has their "man crushes."
This is perfectly acceptable and does not bring into question your sexual preference. A man crush is a player that the fan loves to watch play and is one of said fan's favorite players.
In this list, I will give my "Team Man Crush" which will consist of my favorite players in the MLB. Here we go...
Victor Martinez has been one of my favorite players ever since he took over as the starting catcher for the Indians.
While he had a rough season in 2008, he is still one of the top catchers, as he can hit for both power and a high average. He has also has greatly improved his defense and has shown the ability to call a great game.
What more can you ask of Albert Pujols?
He is a two-time MVP winner, and could have won several others as well. When Pujols first came into the league, he was a utility player that played everyday, which is very rare.
He has become one of the best players the game has ever seen and is still in his prime. Arguably the best right-handed hitter in the game, there is no way I could leave Pujols off this list.
As many Yankee fans know, Robbie Cano can cause some serious headaches when he is in the field. With that said, there is just something about this kid that makes me glad the Yanks had faith in him to just thrust him into the starting role.
I know 2008 was not a pretty season for Cano, however, I expect him to have a bounce back season.
A-Rod is without a doubt the best player in the game.
Still in his early 30's, A-Rod is on pace to surpass just about every batting record there is. With one of the sweetest swings in the game, A-Rod has won three MVP awards and will probably win a couple more before his career is over.
He could never have another at-bat and he would already be guaranteed entry into the Hall of Fame. That is pretty impressive.
I'm sure by now you can figure out what team I root for.
The Yankee Captain has been the biggest part of the Yankees success over the last 13 years. Jeter is without a doubt one of the greatest Shortstops and leaders the game has ever seen.
"Mr. November" has been one of the best clutch hitters we have ever seen. While many people have their own opinion about Derek Jeter, my opinion is that he is the first player I would want if I was starting a franchise.
Manny Being Manny, enough said.
But seriously, is there anyone in the world that is more fun to watch then Man-Ram? Whether he is hitting moonshot home runs (ask K-Rod) or stumbling over himself in the outfield, he is one of the greatest sluggers to ever live. I know he has his issues off of the field, but he is still one of my favorite players.
Grady Sizmore is one of the most exciting players in the MLB.
He has power, speed, plays great defense, and is a team leader. If Sizemore is not hitting home runs, he is robbing them.
He is one of the hardest working players and you can see that just by his performance. He lays his body on the line every game trying to make highlight reel catches. Lucky for us, he is going to be around for a long time.
You want speed? He's got it. You want defense? He's got it. You want a high OBP? He's got it.
There isn't much that Ichiro can't do. Some of you point to his power numbers however, Ichiro sacrifices power for average, which if you are a manager, you will take it. Ichiro is probably the most exciting player to watch.
Until you have seen him in person, it is truly hard to appreciate his talent.
The best big-game pitcher in baseball is Josh Beckett. There is no one currently in the game that I would want on the mound in a Game seven more than Beckett.
In his rookie season, he carried the Marlins to a World Series win against the Yankees. Then in 2007, he led the Red Sox to a World title. Even when Beckett does not have his "A" game he is still unbeatable in the postseason.
What a 1-2 punch the Red Sox have, huh? To go from the best right-handed pitcher in baseball to the best closer in baseball?
Whether you like a 98 mph fastball, or you like the emotion that Paps brings to the mound every night, there is no doubting this guy's talent. The most memorable moment for Paps was him dancing to "Shipping Up to Boston" after the Sox clinched the 2007 ALCS.
Well that about sums it up for now. Now that you know my favorite players, I am interested in hearing yours. Please feel free to comment and leave a list of your favorite players. Thank you and I hope to hear from all of you!