Category:National League Most Valuable Player Award winners
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1. Major League Baseball Most Valuable Player Award – The Major League Baseball Most Valuable Player Award is an annual Major League Baseball award, given to one outstanding player in the American League and one in the National League. Since 1931, it has been awarded by the Baseball Writers Association of America, MVP voting takes place before the postseason, but the results are not announced until after the World Series. The BBWAA began by polling three writers in each city in 1938, reducing that number to two per league city in 1961. The BBWAA does not offer a definition of what most valuable means. First basemen, with 34 winners, have won the most MVPs among infielders, followed by second basemen, third basemen, of the 24 pitchers who have won the award,15 are right-handed while 9 are left-handed. Walter Johnson, Carl Hubbell, and Hal Newhouser are the pitchers who have won multiple times. Barry Bonds has won the most often and the most consecutively, jimmie Foxx was the first player to win multiple times,9 players have won three times, and 19 have won twice. Frank Robinson is the player to win the award in both the American and National Leagues. The awards only tie occurred in the National League in 1979, there have been 18 unanimous winners, who received all the first-place votes. The New York Yankees have the most winning players with 22, the award has never been presented to a member of the following four teams, Arizona Diamondbacks, Miami Marlins, New York Mets, and Tampa Bay Rays. The most recent recipients are Mike Trout in the American League, in recent decades, pitchers have rarely won the award. When Justin Verlander won the AL award in 2011, he became the first pitcher in league to be named the MVP since Dennis Eckersley in 1992. Verlander also became the first starting pitcher to win this award since Roger Clemens had accomplished the feat in 1986. The National League went even longer without an MVP award to a pitcher—after Bob Gibson won in 1968, the 1910 race for best average in the American League was between the Detroit Tigers widely disliked Ty Cobb and Nap Lajoie of the Cleveland Indians. On the last day of the season, Lajoie overtook Cobbs batting average with seven bunt hits against the St. Louis Browns, American League President Ban Johnson said a recalculation showed that Cobb had won the race anyway, and Chalmers ended up awarding cars to both players. The following season, Chalmers created the Chalmers Award, a committee of baseball writers were to convene after the season to determine the most important and useful player to the club and to the league. Since the award was not as effective at advertising as Chalmers had hoped, in 1922 the American League created a new award to honor the baseball player who is of the greatest all-around service to his club. Winners, voted on by a committee of eight baseball writers chaired by James Crusinberry, received a bronze medal, voters were required to select one player from each team and player-coaches and prior award winners were ineligible
2. Hank Aaron – Henry Louis Hank Aaron, nicknamed Hammer, or Hammerin Hank, is a retired American Major League Baseball right fielder who is currently the senior vice president of the Atlanta Braves. He played 21 seasons for the Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves in the National League and 2 seasons for the Milwaukee Brewers in the American League, Aaron held the MLB record for career home runs for 33 years, and he still holds several MLB offensive records. He hit 24 or more home runs every year from 1955 through 1973, in 1999, The Sporting News ranked Aaron fifth on its 100 Greatest Baseball Players list. Aaron was born and raised in and around Mobile, Alabama, Aaron had seven siblings, including Tommie Aaron, who later played in MLB with him. Aaron appeared briefly in the Negro American League and in minor league baseball before starting his major league career and he played late in Negro league history, by his final MLB season, Aaron was the last Negro league baseball player on a major league roster. Aaron played the vast majority of his MLB games in right field, in his last two seasons, he was primarily a designated hitter. Aaron was an NL All-Star for 20 seasons and an AL All-Star for 1 season, Aaron holds the record for the most seasons as an All-Star, the most All-Star Game selections, and is tied with Willie Mays and Stan Musial for the most All-Star Games played. He was a Gold Glove winner for three seasons, in 1957, he was the NL Most Valuable Player when the Milwaukee Braves won the World Series. He won the NL Player of the Month award in May 1958, Aaron holds the MLB records for the most career runs batted in, extra base hits, and total bases. Aaron is also in the top five for career hits and runs and he is one of only four players to have at least seventeen seasons with 150 or more hits. Aaron is in place in home runs and at-bats. At the time of his retirement, Aaron held most of the games key career power hitting records, since his retirement, Aaron has held front office roles with the Atlanta Braves. He was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1982, in 1999, MLB introduced the Hank Aaron Award to recognize the top offensive players in each league. He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2002 and he was named a 2010 Georgia Trustee by the Georgia Historical Society in recognition of accomplishments that reflect the ideals of Georgias founders. Aaron was born in Mobile, Alabama, to Herbert Aaron, Sr. Tommie Aaron, one of his brothers, also went on to play Major League Baseball. By the time Aaron retired, he and his brother held the record for most career home runs by a pair of siblings and they were also the first siblings to appear in a League Championship Series as teammates. While he was born in a section of Mobile referred to as Down the Bay, Aaron grew up in a poor family. His family could not afford baseball equipment, so he practiced by hitting bottle caps with sticks and he would create his own bats and balls out of materials he found on the streets
3. Jeff Bagwell – Jeffrey Robert Bagwell is an American former professional first baseman and coach who spent his entire 15-year Major League Baseball playing career with the Houston Astros. Originally a Boston Red Sox fourth-round selection from the University of Hartford as a third baseman in the 1989 amateur draft, he was then traded to the Astros in 1990. The National League Rookie of the Year in 1991, Bagwell then won the NL Most Valuable Player in 1994, was a four-time MLB All-Star, three-time Silver Slugger winner and they qualified for the playoffs six times, culminating in Bagwells lone World Series appearance in 2005. He was elected to the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in 2005, Bagwell was part of the trade that sent relief pitcher Larry Andersen to the Red Sox, now regarded as one of the most lopsided trades in sports history. Andersen pitched just 22 innings for Boston while Bagwell hit 449 home runs for the Astros and he excelled at every major aspect of the game, including hitting, on-base ability, running, defense, and throwing. One of the most consistent players of his generation, in each of his first 11 seasons and his 1994 season was perhaps his finest. In 1999, he finished second in the MVP voting, producing his second career 30–30 season. He is just one of 12 players in history to hit 400 home runs and record an on-base percentage of.400, overall, Bagwell batted over.300 six times, had a career OBP of.408 and a slugging percentage of.540. He is the only first baseman to achieve the 30–30 club more than once and his 79.6 career WAR per Baseball-Reference. com ranks sixth all-time among first basemen. Since his playing career ended, Bagwell has served in sporadic instructor assignments with the Astros, born in Boston, Massachusetts, as the only son of Janice and Robert Bagwell, Jeff Bagwell and his family moved to Killingworth, Connecticut, when he was one year old. Much of Bagwells family is from the Greater Boston area, including both his parents, and are fans of the Boston Red Sox. His favorite player, Carl Yastrzemski, was a left fielder for the Red Sox. Robert, from Watertown, pitched college baseball at Northwestern University, Janice, a police officer, grew up in Newton and played softball in local Boston leagues until her 20s. Bagwells parents divorced when he was 11, precocious and demonstrating much athletic ability early in life, he played a wide variety of sports as a youth. Recalled Janice, Jeff could throw a ball before he could walk, when he was six months old, we’d throw a ball to him and he would throw it back. Bagwell graduated from Xavier High School, a private all-male Catholic school located in Middletown, a versatile athlete, he excelled at soccer, setting the school goal-scoring mark, played shortstop, and lettered in basketball. In early 1989, Bagwell was honored by Xavier for his character and he also excelled in American Legion Baseball under coach Fred Tremalgia for Post 75 in Middletown and went on to be named the 2003 American Legion Baseball Graduate of the Year. Bagwell accepted the invitation and Denehy switched him to third base, over three seasons playing for Hartford, he batted.413 in 400 at bats, a school record, and, for a time, a New England collegiate record
4. Ernie Banks – He was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1977, and was named to the Major League Baseball All-Century Team in 1999. Banks is regarded by some as one of the greatest players of all time and he began playing professional baseball in 1950 with the Kansas City Monarchs in the Negro leagues. He served in the U. S. military for two years, played for the Monarchs again, and began his league career in September 1953. The following year, Banks was the National League Rookie of the Year runner-up, beginning in 1955, Banks was a National League All-Star for 11 seasons, playing in 13 of the 15 All-Star Games held during those seasons. Banks was the Cubs main attraction in the late 1950s, the National League Most Valuable Player in 1958 and 1959, in 1962, Banks became a regular first baseman for the Cubs. In the mid-1960s, Cubs manager Leo Durocher became frustrated with Banks, Durocher said he was unable to remove Banks from the lineup due to the stars popularity among Cubs fans. Between 1967 and 1971, he was a player-coach, in 1969, through a Chicago Sun-Times fan poll, Cubs fans voted him the greatest Cub ever. In 1970, Banks hit his 500th career home run at Wrigley Field and he retired from playing in 1971, was a coach for the Cubs in 1972, and in 1982 was the teams first player to have his uniform number retired. Banks was active in the Chicago community during and after his tenure with the Cubs and he founded a charitable organization, became the first black Ford Motor Company dealer in the United States, and made an unsuccessful bid for a local political office. In 2013, Banks was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his contribution to sports, Banks lived in the Los Angeles and Chicago areas. Banks was born in Dallas, Texas, to Eddie and Essie Banks on January 31,1931 and his father, who had worked in construction and was a warehouse loader for a grocery chain, played baseball for black, semi-professional teams in Texas. As a child, Banks was not very interested in baseball, preferring swimming and his father bought him a baseball glove for less than three dollars at a five and dime store and motivated him with nickels and dimes to play catch. His mother encouraged him to one of his grandfathers into a career as a minister. Banks graduated from Booker T. Washington High School in 1950 and he lettered in basketball, football and track. Banks school did not have a team, he played fastpitch softball for a church team during the summer. He was also a member of the Amarillo Colts, a baseball team. History professor Timothy Gilfoyle wrote that Banks talent for baseball was discovered by Bill Blair, other sources say Banks was noticed by Cool Papa Bell of the Monarchs. In 1951, Banks was drafted into the U. S. Army and he served as a flag bearer in the 45th Anti-Aircraft Artillery Battalion at Fort Bliss, where he played with the Harlem Globetrotters on a part-time basis
5. Johnny Bench – Johnny Lee Bench is an American former professional baseball catcher who played in the Major Leagues for the Cincinnati Reds from 1967 to 1983 and is a member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame. ESPN has called him the greatest catcher in baseball history, Bench played baseball and basketball and was class valedictorian at Binger High School in Binger, Oklahoma. His father told him that the fastest route to becoming a major leaguer was as a catcher and he hit only.163, but impressed many with his defense and strong throwing arm, among them Hall of Famer Ted Williams. Williams signed a baseball for him which predicted that the catcher would be a Hall of Famer for sure. Williams prediction eventually became fact with Johnny Benchs election to the Hall of Fame in 1989, during a spring training game in 1968, Bench was catching the eight-year veteran right-hander Jim Maloney. Once a noted hard thrower, injuries had reduced Maloneys fastballs speed dramatically by this time, however, Maloney insisted on repeatedly shaking off his younger catcher and throwing the fastball instead of the breaking balls Bench called for. An exasperated Bench bluntly told Maloney, Your fastballs not popping, Bench was the Reds catcher on April 30,1969 when Maloney pitched a no hitter against the Houston Astros. He also won the 1968 National League Gold Glove Award for catchers and his 102 assists in 1968 marked the first time in 23 years that a catcher had more than 100 assists in a season. During the 1960s Bench also served in the United States Army Reserve as a member of the 478th Engineer Battalion and this unit included several of his teammates, among them Pete Rose. In the winter of 1970–1971 he was part of Bob Hopes USO Tour of Vietnam, the Reds swept the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 1970 National League Championship Series, but lost to the Baltimore Orioles in the World Series. One of his most dramatic home runs was likely his ninth-inning, lead off, the solo shot tied the game 3–3, in a game the Reds went on to win later in the inning on a wild pitch, 4–3. It was hailed after the game as one of the great clutch home runs of all time, however, the Reds would lose in the World Series to a strong Oakland Athletics team in seven games. In the winter of 1972, Bench had a growth removed from his lung, Bench remained productive, but he never again hit 40 home runs in a season. But the Mets boasted three of the starting pitchers in the NL, future Hall of Famer Tom Seaver, Jerry Koosman. In 1974, Bench led the league with 129 RBI and scored 108 runs, becoming only the fourth catcher in major league history with 100 or more runs, the Reds won the second-most games in the majors but lost the West Division to the Los Angeles Dodgers. In 1975, the Reds finally broke through in the post season, Bench contributed 28 home runs and 110 RBI. The Reds swept the Pirates in three games to win the 1975 National League Championship Series, and defeated the Boston Red Sox in a memorable seven-game World Series. Battling ailing shoulders, Bench had one of his least productive years in 1976, however, he recovered in the 1976 National League Championship Series to hit for a.333 batting average against the Philadelphia Phillies
6. Barry Bonds – Barry Lamar Bonds is an American former professional baseball left fielder who played 22 seasons in Major League Baseball with the Pittsburgh Pirates and San Francisco Giants. Bonds received seven NL MVP awards and 14 All-Star selections, and is considered to be one of the greatest baseball players of all time, Bonds was regarded as an exceptional hitter, and finished his regular season career with a very high on-base percentage and isolated power. He holds many MLB hitting records, including most career runs, most home runs in a single season. He also received eight Gold Gloves for his defense in the outfield and he is ranked second in career Wins Above Replacement among all major league position players by both Fangraphs and Baseball-Reference. com, behind only Babe Ruth. Bonds led a career, notably as a central figure in baseballs steroids scandal. In 2007, he was indicted on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice for lying to the grand jury during the federal governments investigation of BALCO. The perjury charges against Bonds were dropped, and he was initially convicted of obstruction of justice. Bonds has not been elected into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in his first four years of eligibility, in the 2016 season, Bonds served as the hitting coach for the Miami Marlins. He played on the varsity team during his freshman year. He batted for a.467 batting average his senior year, Bonds attended Arizona State University, hitting.347 with 45 home runs and 175 runs batted in. In 1984 he batted.360 and had 30 stolen bases, in 1985, he hit 23 home runs with 66 RBIs and a.368 batting average. He was a Sporting News All-American selection that year and he tied the NCAA record with seven consecutive hits in the College World Series as sophomore and was named to All-Time College World Series Team in 1996. He graduated from Arizona State in 1986 with a degree in criminology and he was named ASU On Deck Circle Most Valuable Player, other winners include Dustin Pedroia, Willie Bloomquist, Paul Lo Duca, and Ike Davis. During college, he played part of one summer in the amateur Alaska Baseball League with the Alaska Goldpanners, the Pittsburgh Pirates drafted Bonds as the sixth overall pick of the 1985 Major League Baseball draft. He joined the Prince William Pirates of the Carolina League and was named July 1985 Player of the Month for the league, in 1986, he hit.311 in 44 games for the Hawaii Islanders of the Pacific Coast League. Before Bonds made it to the leagues in Pittsburgh, Pirate fan attendance was low. Bonds made his league debut on May 30,1986. In 1986, Bonds led National League rookies with 16 home runs,48 RBI,36 stolen bases and 65 walks and he played center field in 1986, but switched to left field with the arrival of centerfielder Andy Van Slyke in 1987
7. Ryan Braun – Ryan Joseph Braun is an American baseball left fielder for the Milwaukee Brewers of Major League Baseball. While currently the starting left fielder for the Brewers, Braun has also played right field during his career and was also a third baseman during his rookie season. Braun was a two-time All-American at the University of Miami, where he was named National Freshman of the Year by Baseball America in 2003, the Brewers drafted him in the first round in the 2005 MLB draft. He was the teams Minor League Player of the Year in 2006, Braun is considered a five-tool player for his ability to hit for power and average, his baserunning speed, and his excellent fielding and arm strength. He was ranked number seven by the Sporting News in its 2012 list of the 50 greatest current players in baseball. He was awarded the National Leagues Rookie of the Year in 2007, has won five Silver Slugger awards and he was named to five straight All-Star games, and then a team-high sixth game in 2015. Braun has led the NL three times in slugging percentage, three times in hits, and once each in hits, home runs, and runs. On defense, he led all major league outfielders in fielding percentage in 2008, led NL left fielders in fielding percentage twice and his 128 home runs through 2010 were the 8th-most by any major leaguer ever through their first four seasons. Through 2015, he was sixth among all active ballplayers in career slugging percentage, after MLBs investigation following the Biogenesis scandal, on July 22,2013, Braun was suspended without pay for the remainder of the 2013 season and playoffs for violating the leagues drug policy. Ryan Braun was born on November 17,1983 to Joe and he and his younger brother Steve were raised in Los Angeles. Ryan began playing tee-ball around the age of four, on a team coached by his father, PONY League teammates included Jack and Matt Cassel, Jason and Jarron Collins, as well as Jon Garland. Braun later picked up basketball, which became his favorite sport, by the time he entered high school, Braun chose to focus solely on baseball. Braun attended Granada Hills High School in Granada Hills, Los Angeles and he was a four-year letterman on the schools baseball team, and three-year team captain and Most Valuable Player. He played shortstop, and pitched through his junior year, as a sophomore in 2000, he recorded the highest batting average of his prep career, while posting a.654 on-base percentage. During his junior year, he hit.421, with a.668 OBP, Braun capped off his high school career by batting.451 as a senior, with an OBP of.675, and breaking the school record for career home runs with 25. He was a two-time all-area selection by the Los Angeles Times, as a senior, Braun was rated the sixth-best shortstop prospect in the country by Team One Baseball, and among the top 100 overall prospects by Baseball America. He graduated in 2002, but went undrafted as he told teams that he intended to attend college, Braun excelled academically as well—his worst grade was one B, in Advanced Placement Chemistry. He chose Miami for its academics, its athletics, and its scene, noting
8. Kris Bryant – Kristopher Lee Kris Bryant is an American professional baseball third baseman and outfielder for the Chicago Cubs of Major League Baseball. Bryant attended the University of San Diego, where he played baseball for the Toreros. The Cubs selected him number-two overall in the 2013 MLB draft, Bryant made his major league debut in 2015 and won the National League Rookie of the Year Award that year. He won a World Series championship with the Cubs in 2016 and was named the National League Most Valuable Player that same year, Bryant attended Bonanza High School in Las Vegas, Nevada. Playing for the varsity baseball team all four years, he recorded a.418 batting average. He also played American Legion Baseball and he was named to the 2010 USA Today All-USA baseball first-team. The Toronto Blue Jays selected Bryant in the 18th round of the 2010 Major League Baseball Draft and he did not sign, and enrolled at the University of San Diego, to play college baseball for the San Diego Toreros baseball team. As a freshman at the University of San Diego in 2011, Bryant had a.365 batting average, a.482 on-base percentage, and a.599 SLG, with nine home runs. He was named a freshman All-American and the West Coast Conference Co-Freshman of the Year and Co-Player of the Year, as a sophomore in 2012, he was named a first-team All-American by Baseball America. That summer, Bryant was selected by USA Baseball to play for the United States collegiate national team, in the 2013 season as a junior, Bryant hit 31 home runs to lead the nation. Bryant had the most home runs hit by a player since the NCAA switched to a BBCOR composite bat in 2011. It broke the record of 30 set by Victor Roache in 2011. Bryant won the Golden Spikes Award and the Dick Howser Trophy and he was also named a Louisville Slugger First Team All-American and the Collegiate Baseball Player of the Year. Bryant was considered to be one of the best available players in the 2013 Major League Baseball Draft, and was scouted by the Houston Astros, after the Astros selected Mark Appel with the first overall selection, the Chicago Cubs chose Bryant with the second overall selection. Many baseball executives and scouts agree that Bryant was the safest pick in the draft and he was also rated as the best hitter in the draft because of his easy power from foul pole to foul pole and ability to make contact on inside fastballs as well as down-and-away curveballs. Bryant agreed to a $6.7 million signing bonus with the Cubs two days prior to the signing deadline, Bryant began his professional career with the Boise Hawks of the Class A-Short Season Northwest League batting.354 with 4 home runs. He was promoted to the Daytona Cubs of the Class A-Advanced Florida State League on August 12 and he hit.333 with five home runs for Daytona, and helped them win the Class A-Advanced championship. After the season, he played in Arizona Fall League and he was named co-player of the week, along with Mitch Haniger, in the first week of the fall league season
9. Roy Campanella – Roy Campanella, nicknamed Campy, was an American baseball player, primarily as a catcher. The Philadelphia native played for the Negro leagues and Mexican League for several seasons before entering the minor leagues in 1946 and he made his Major League Baseball debut in 1948. His playing career ended in 1958 when he was paralyzed by an automobile accident, widely considered to be one of the greatest catchers in the history of the game, Campanella played for the Brooklyn Dodgers in the 1940s and 1950s. After he retired as a player, Campanella held positions in scouting and he was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1969. Campanellas father John was the son of Sicilian immigrants and his mother Ida was African American. Therefore, he was prohibited from MLB play before 1947. Campanella began playing Negro league baseball for the Washington Elite Giants in 1937 after dropping out of school on his sixteenth birthday, the Elite Giants moved to Baltimore the following year, and Campanella became a star player with the team. In 1942 and 1943, Campanella played in the Mexican League with the Monterrey Sultans, lázaro Salazar, the teams manager, told Campanella that one day he would play at the major league level. Campanella moved into the Brooklyn Dodgers minor league system in 1946 as the Dodger organization began preparations to break the MLB color barrier with Jackie Robinson, for the 1946 season, Robinson was assigned to the Montreal Royals, the Dodgers affiliate in the Class AAA International League. Meanwhile, the team looked to assign Campanella to a Class B league, the Nashua team thus became the first professional baseball team of the 20th century to field a racially integrated lineup in the United States. Campanellas 1946 season proceeded largely without racist incidents, and in one game Campanella assumed the managerial duties after manager Walter Alston was ejected and this made Campanella the first African-American to manage Caucasian players of an organized professional baseball team. Nashua was three runs down at the time Campanella took over and they came back to win, in part due to Campanellas decision to use Newcombe as a pinch hitter during the seventh inning, Newcombe hit a game-tying two-run home run. Jackie Robinsons first season in the major leagues came in 1947 and he played for the Dodgers from 1948 through 1957 as their regular catcher. In 1948, he had three different uniform numbers before settling on 39 for the rest of his career, Campanella played in the All-Star Game every year from 1949 through 1956. His 1949 All-Star selection made him one of the first four African-Americans so honored and he hit home runs in five straight games in 1950, the only other Dodgers to homer in five consecutive games are Shawn Green, Matt Kemp, Adrian Gonzalez, and Joc Pederson. Campanella received the Most Valuable Player award in the National League three times, in 1951,1953, and 1955, in each of his MVP seasons, he batted more than.300, hit more than 30 home runs and had more than 100 runs batted in. His 142 RBI during 1953 exceeded the record of 130. Today it is the second most in history, Tommy Davis breaking it with 153 RBI in 1962
10. Roberto Clemente – Roberto Enrique Clemente Walker was a Puerto Rican professional baseball player. Clemente spent 18 Major League Baseball seasons playing in the National League as a fielder for the Pittsburgh Pirates. He was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1973, Clemente was an All-Star for twelve seasons and fifteen All-Star Games. He was the NL Most Valuable Player in 1966, the NL batting leader in 1961,1964,1965, and 1967, and his batting average was over.300 for thirteen seasons and he had 3,000 major league hits during his career. He also played in two World Series championships, Clemente is the first Latin American and Caribbean player to help win a World Series as a starter, to receive an NL MVP Award, and to receive a World Series MVP Award. Clemente was married in 1964, he and his wife had three children and he was involved in charity work in Latin American and Caribbean countries during the off-seasons, often delivering baseball equipment and food to those in need. On December 31,1972, he died in a crash while en route to deliver aid to earthquake victims in Nicaragua at the age of 38. Roberto Clemente was born in Barrio San Antón, Carolina, Puerto Rico, to Don Melchor Clemente and he was the youngest of seven siblings, Clemente had four brothers and two sisters. During his childhood, his father worked as foreman of sugar crops located in the municipality, because the familys resources were limited, Clemente worked alongside his father in the fields, loading and unloading trucks. Clemente showed interest in early in life and often played against neighboring barrios. He attended Vizcarrondo High School in Carolina, during his first year in high school, he was recruited by Roberto Marín to play softball with the Sello Rojo team after Marín saw Clemente playing baseball in barrio San Antón. He was with the two years as shortstop. Clemente joined Puerto Ricos amateur league when he was 16 years old, playing for the Ferdinand Juncos team and he was a bench player during his first season but was promoted to the Santurce Cangrejeros starting lineup the following season. During this season he hit.288 as the Crabbers leadoff hitter, while Clemente was playing in the LBBPR, the Brooklyn Dodgers offered him a contract with one of the teams Triple-A affiliates. After signing with the Dodgers on February 19,1954, Clemente moved to Montreal to play with the Royals, affected early on by both climate and language differences, Clemente received assistance from bilingual teammates such as infielder Chico Fernandez and pitchers Tommy Lasorda and Joe Black. In fact, it was Black who was the target of the Pittsburgh Pirates June 1,1954 scouting trip to Richmond. Conducted by pitching coach Clyde Sukeforth, the focus quickly shifted when he witnessed Clementes throwing and batting prowess in pre-game drills. Nonetheless, Clemente barely played during Sukeforths three-day visit, evidently, Macon took Sukeforth at his word, scarcely had the Pirate scout departed when, on June 4, Clemente started his first game in over a month
11. Bryce Harper – Bryce Aron Max Harper is an American professional baseball right fielder for the Washington Nationals of Major League Baseball. Harper was chosen by the Nationals with the first overall pick in the 2010 Major League Baseball Draft, Harper won the 2010 Golden Spikes Award, awarded annually to the best amateur baseball player. Going into the 2012 season, baseball prospect-watchers, including Baseball America, MLB. com and he made his MLB debut with the Nationals on April 28,2012. Harper was selected for the 2012 All-Star Game, becoming the youngest position player to ever be selected and he has been touted as a five-tool player. Harper won the NL Rookie of the Year Award in 2012, Harper attended Las Vegas High School. His older brother Bryan, who had been his teammate at Las Vegas High School, was one of the Southern Nevada Coyotes starting pitchers, and the brothers often worked as a battery. An advantage for Harper in his transition to his professional career was that the SWAC, like MLB. In 66 games, he hit 31 home runs,98 RBIs and his 31 home runs shattered the schools previous record of 12. He was named the 2010 SWAC Player of the Year, in the Western district finals of the 2010 NJCAA World Series, Harper went 6-for-7 with 5 RBIs and hit for the cycle. The next day, in a doubleheader, he went 2-for-5 with a double in the first game, and in the second game went 6-for-6 with 4 home runs, a triple. On June 2,2010, Harper was ejected from a National Junior College World Series game by home plate umpire Don Gilmore after a third strike. Harper drew a line in the dirt with his bat as he left the plate and it was Harpers second ejection of the year, and resulted in a two-game suspension. The suspension ended his career, as Southern Nevada lost the game from which Harper was ejected and lost their next game with Harper suspended. Harper won the 2010 Golden Spikes Award, the Nationals took Stephen Strasburg in 2009. Harper was represented by Scott Boras, following in Strasburgs footsteps, Harper held out until the very last minute before the deadline. With twenty-six seconds remaining, Harper and the Nationals agreed to a 5-year contract worth $9.9 million, including a $6.25 million signing bonus, and eight semesters of college tuition. When asked about the signing, Nationals President Stan Kasten said, The truth is, with a minute to go, Mike. Asked what changed in that final minute, Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo replied, on August 26,2010, Harper was introduced by the Nationals
12. Keith Hernandez – Keith Hernandez is a former Major League Baseball first baseman who played the majority of his career with the St. Louis Cardinals and New York Mets. Hernandez was a five-time All-Star who shared the 1979 NL MVP award, a contact hitter with a.296 career average and a great walk rate of 12. 5%, Hernandezs career hitting productivity was 31% above league average, by wRC+. For his defensive work he received Gold Glove awards in consecutive seasons. Hernandez retired as a player after spending one year with the Cleveland Indians in 1990. Since 1999, he has served as a broadcaster for Mets games. Hernandez was born in San Francisco, and grew up in Pacifica and Millbrae and he attended Terra Nova High School in Pacifica during his freshman year, then transferred to Capuchino High School in nearby San Bruno for the remainder of his high school years. Hernandez was an athlete in high school and graduated in 1971. One of his teammates at Terra Nova High School was future major league pitcher Bob McClure, given his surname, and the fact that he is from California, it was incorrectly assumed that Hernandez was of Mexican descent, and he was nicknamed Mex by his teammates. In actuality, his fathers ancestry is Spanish and his mothers is Scots-Irish, Hernandez was perceived as having poor attitude issues because he sat out his entire senior year of high school due to a dispute with a coach. He batted and threw left-handed, and through most of his career was listed as being 6 tall and 195 lbs, during his childhood, Hernandezs brother bought a book on Civil War history. His passion for Civil War history landed him guest spots on KMOX radio when with the Cardinals and was featured in the New York Times when he was with the Mets. Hernandezs batting average hovered around.250 for most of his league career. With the Cardinals triple-A affiliate, Hernandez batted.333 with five home runs, the following season, Hernandezs average jumped to.351, earning him a promotion to the big league club. He made his league debut at Candlestick Park on August 30,1974, against the San Francisco Giants. Following the season, the Cards traded first baseman Joe Torre to the New York Mets for Tommy Moore, Hernandez ended up splitting 1975 between Tulsa and the Cardinals. Though his fielding was spectacular, Hernandez struggled with major league pitching, batting only.250 with three runs and twenty RBIs. Hernandez wore uniform number 18 for the first two years of his career, in 1976, he switched to number 37, insisting that his uniform number end with a 7 in honor of Mickey Mantle. While Hernandez became more comfortable with his bat, he was recognized as a fielder first