The 10 Greatest Switch Hitters in Major League Baseball History

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Some people don’t quite understand why it is such a resourceful boost to be a switch hitter. To put it plainly, switch hitters always have the advantage over a pitcher whether he is left or right-handed. Time and stats has shown that a left hander usually has an advantage over a left-handed hitter and vice versa with righties. Reason being; a hitter at the opposite end of a pitcher’s throwing arm has a significant increased vantage point of the incoming pitch. This can also lead to the bullpen being managed differently during clutch situations in the late innings. Being a switch hitter does not come naturally, and typically over time you will see a player favor his natural side with more success. However, every once in a while we come across a player that does it so well from both sides of the plate, that you really couldn’t ever tell the difference. Here are some of the greatest switch hitters to ever pick up a bat.

#10. Carlos Beltran

Although Beltran is still active, he comes in at just under 2000 hits for his career. During a stint with the Mets, he gained a reputation as an injury prone player. At some points in his career, this has threatened to overshadow his other achievements. Despite spending much of his time as a Met on the DL, he has still racked up over 300 home runs, and has over 1300 RBI’s. Not bad for a guy with maybe three (or more) years to go.

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