Skip to main content

The Pondering 10 - Favorite All-Time Right Handed Hitters to Watch

It's been awhile since I've tackled a Pondering 10 column, but in the spirit of the topic of this post, I'm due. In the middle of what has been such a fun and exciting baseball season, I decided to go ahead and rank, of course, as of today, my favorite right handed batters to watch. We all know lefty swings are the prettiest, natural turn to first base and all, but I'm going to give the righties some love. With that said, here are my favorite right handed hitters of all time - most who I've imitated a few times in my lifetime.

10. Mark McGwire - Of course, let's place the PEDs aside. Watching McGwire hit during that stretch in the late nineties was absolutely awesome. McGwire swing was mostly upper half with bulging forearms that straight clubbed the ball. McGwire was seriously what a super hero would look like if he played baseball. 

9. Mike Piazza - Another big, raw, powerful guy with tremendous torque. Weirdly, my favorite part was when Piazza really got a hold of one and the bat whipped around and slammed across his back. Dude was fun to watch. 

8. Vladmir Guerrero - If it's near the plate, or within the zip code of the plate, Guerrero was swinging! And it always made for an interesting watch. And of course, you just have to love the enormous amounts of pine tar he used during his ABs. 

7. Edgar Martinez - I'm saying it now, put the man in the Hall of Fame!!! I'm so tired of some using the DH as a way to punish a guy. Nonetheless, Edgar raked, and had one of the most level swings for a right hander you will ever see. 

6. Albert Pujols - Speaking of level swings, how about "The Machine"? An all-time great for a reason. Not much else is needed to say here. 

5. Miguel Cabrera - The big fella just makes hitting look so, so, so, so easy. Gap to gap, and line to line. 

4. Derek Jeter - Ahhhhh, The Captain! Why does it seem like so long ago since he played? Anyway, I can watch Jeter highlights on him taking the ball to right field all day long. A "Jeterian" hit as they say, always a beauty to watch. 

3. Frank Thomas - I'll admit, I may be a bit biased on this one. As a kid I was a big fan of the Big Hurt, mainly because as a taller individual, I was able to identify with him playing baseball. Nonetheless, nothing was better than Thomas' load up and follow through where his bottom hand brought what looked like the force of mother nature herself through the zone. I miss that.

2. Alex Rodriguez - Oh yes, the 2014 DP Page of Famer himself. A-Rod is always a joy to watch hit, especially in his prime. Shhhhhh, I did say forget the PEDs. But on a serious note, from his stance,  the leg kick, his stature, his ability to go the other way for power, and his already lightning rod personality, Rodriguez is in my top 3 of favorite ABs to tune into. 

1. Manny Ramirez - Unfortunately, much of watching Ramirez's at-bats were him destroying my Yankees, first in an Indians uniform, then for years as a member of the Red Sox. Ramirez is the best right handed hitter I've seen in my lifetime thus far, and especially, very underrated for his hitting knowledge. Despite the damage he caused, Ramirez was always a joy to watch.

Recently Read Posts

Dear Son, Letting In and Letting Go

--25 Weeks Old (Before Birth)--
Dear Son, 
The word is now spreading to more and more people about your existence, or eventual arrival - however, you prefer to look at it - and it feels like a fire that is now out of our control. That's not necessarily a bad thing, but as mentioned in prior letters to you, your mother and I are pretty methodical in how we divulge news about our private lives. 
Truthfully, your mother is definitely more willing to share news than I am, and you'll eventually see that one day. Maybe I'll change, who knows? But the truth is, because of the nature in how I grew up, in the neighborhood that I did, and really, the independence that I had to attain early on, I've always been late to share things with others. That's just who I am. It's probably why I have had this very blog since I was sixteen - to let those thoughts out somewhere.

March Sadness

This post has been coming for awhile, and it now seems like the best time to do so...
So, here goes...
Division I Basketball is getting more and more difficult for me to watch and support. 
Just like I once laid out regarding my ethical feelings towards the NFL (and really, football, overall), thus is the same credence and feelings I have developing for Division I Basketball - mainly the NCAA's approach to it. Now of course, my feelings aren't something new as many share my thoughts and opinions on this - the NCAA is corrupt and college basketball is a sham. But for me, it goes even deeper - certain programs, coaches, and communities enable this exploitation of young men. And yes, many shy away from that word, but that's exactly what college basketball has become, an exploitation of services.

Sunday Sundown Rundown - 3/18/18

3 Up 
1. UMBC - I'm really struggling to watch these tournament games. The games have been entertaining, but morally, I can't stomach the exploitation of these young men (more on that some other time). Regardless, kudos to the young men of UMBC who made history this week. I'm thrilled to see such a program make headlines, and of course, for a coach from the DII and DIII ranks who did it the right way. 
2. UMBC Social Media Team - Yo, whoever is running the UMBC Twitter following their defeat of Virginia deserves a raise. There was some serious shade being thrown, and to be honest, everyone who was in their way in some ways, deserves it. 
3. 2018 Paralympics - Oddly, I watched a tremendous amount of these games and was totally in awe of the athletes. Shockingly, the hockey games were super entertaining to me. So much love and credit to those who participated, and even more importantly, continue to persevere despite disabilities. 
3 Down
1. Florida Bridge Collapse - So sad. I…

Dome Pondering Movie Review: Roman J. Israel Esq. (2017)

What is it about?
An unusual but driven and idealistic lawyer finds himself in a series of events that forces him to his extremes, and ultimately, to make a decision on what he stands for. 
Who is in it? 
Denzel Washington - Roman J. Israel Esq. 
Colin Farrell - George Pierce 
Carmen Ejogo - Maya Alston