3/15/2010

Short Hops: 2010 Assorted Short Lists of Baseball's Best


 
By Bruce Herman and Tyler Kepner
SHORT LISTS

BEST UNIFORMS
  • Atlanta Braves: Their alternatives are terrible, but the white home jersey with the script, the tomahawk and the red and blue piping is a colorful classic. Dig those outlines on the side belt loops.
  • Detroit Tigers: Olde English D, center navy piping, and the narrow belt loops are a nice touch no one else has.
  • New York Yankees: Love 'em or hate 'em, it's an iconic uniform that will never, ever change.
  • San Francisco Giants: Off-white home uniform with no name on the back works so well in their beautiful retro ballpark.
  • Kansas City Royals (alternate): We didn't think the baby blue tops and white pants would work, but it's the best alternate in baseball.
HARDEST-THROWING STARTING PITCHERS
  • Justin Verlander, Tigers, RHP
  • Ubaldo Jimenez, Rockies, RHP
  • Josh Johnson, Marlins, RHP
  • Edwin Jackson, Marlins, RHP
  • Stephen Strasburg, Nationals, RHP
BEST RAW POWER

  • Adam Dunn, Nationals, 1B  The Home Run Derby was made for him.
  • Prince Fielder, Brewers, 1B  By age 12, he was launching home runs in major league ball parks before father Cecil's batting practice.
  • Ryan Howard, Phillies, 1B  Opposite-field muscle sets him apart.
  • Mark Reynolds, Diamondbacks, 3B  Strickouts climb, but so do his home runs.
  • Matt Stairs, free agent, OF  Freely admits he tries to hit a home run every time up.
BEST INFIELD ARMS

  • Alex Rodriguez, Yankees, 3B  
  • Scott Rolen, Reds, 3B
  • Rafael Furcal, Dodgers, SS
BEST CURVEBALL
  • A.J. Burnett, Yankees, RHP  Moves so violently that it leads to walks and wild pitches, but when it's on, game over.
  • Josh Beckett, Red Sox, RHP  And it usually gets even better in October.
  • Adam Wainwright, Cardinals, RHP  
  • Chris Carpenter, Cardinals, RHP
  • John Lackey, Red Sox, RHP
BEST CHANGEUP
  • Johan Santana, Mets, LHP
  • Tim Lincecum, Giants, RHP
  • Cole Hamels, Phillies, LHP
  • Jered Weaver, Angels, RHP
  • Trevor Hoffman, Brewers, RHP
BEST SITUATIONAL HITTERS
  • Derek Jeter, Yankees, SS
  • David Eckstein, Padres, 2B
  • Chone Figgins, Mariners, 3B



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