1. Mark Teixeira, Yankees
Taking age, career production, and recent trends all into account, how could anyone argue with putting Tex at No. 1?
Here are Teixeira’s HR numbers for his career (in seasons when he played over 100 games): 26, 38, 43, 33, 30, 33, 39, 33, 39, 24, 22, and just when you thought the reign may end, 33 last year.
Sometimes it’s easy to wonder if Tex, 35, doesn’t get the full credit he deserves. It’s hard to argue he wasn’t well worth he 8-year, $180 million contract signed in 2009.
In his first three years with the Yanks, the 3x Silver Slugger Award winner totaled 341 RBIs. Much like Duda, the man may not actually be human. Maybe part machine? A machine built to swat puny leather-wrapped balls hundreds of feet in the distance to everyone’s amazement.
Machine or not, Teixeira surely tops this list.