Community Choice: Hall of Fame — BASEBALL

Since baseball season is upon us, reader Heidi Heuer felt it was my duty as the sole member of the IHGB Hall of Fame induction committee to make sure America’s favorite pastime was well represented.

Y’all know that this isn’t my first rodeo. (Note to self: future Hall of Fame category…RODEO COWBOYS) I have spent countless hours scouring fan sites in order to properly showcase the engaging gentlemen who hold the coveted “Hall of Fame” title. This is not a task I flippantly ponder while enjoying an ice cold Dr Pepper on a gorgeous spring afternoon. This is serious business.

Have you forgotten…

My inaugural post HERE?

The funny bone edition HERE?

The one I called “Volume 3” for some reason, which should be renamed to “Just Plain Hot” HERE?

Be still my bad boy beating heart HERE?

Happy Anniversary from Noah Calhoun HERE?

And my adorable, charming boys HERE?

Two things:

1.  You’re welcome.
2.  Let’s get back to the present situation.

After days upon days of relentless research and a few unofficial polls on Facebook and Twitter, I narrowed the extremely long list down to a few potential candidates.  And by “few” I mean an overwhelming eight.

I need y’all to help me choose.  For the first time in Hall of Fame history, I am unable to make the decision myself and am asking for your guidance.  Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to go through the photos below and vote for your favorite ball player at the end.  The top four will go in to the Hall of Fame.  The bottom four will remain safely tucked away in a special folder I have created for them on my computer.

Batting first…

1.  Dustin Ackley

Position: Second Base
Team: Seattle Mariners
Stats: Fabulous teeth. Manly facial scruff. Can rock a pair of sunglasses.

2. Robinson Cano

Position: Second Base
Team: New York Yankees
Stats: Chiseled jawline. Piercing gaze. Has a pediatric rehabilitation ward named after him. Swoon.

3. Andre Ethier

Position: Right Fielder
Team: Los Angeles Dodgers
Stats: Clearly, an enthusiastic teammate. Mixture of Canadian, Mexican and Cherokee descent. Doting father.

Come. On.

4. Torii Hunter

Position: Right Fielder
Team: Los Angeles Angels
Stats: Dapper. Winning smile. Appears charming, although we’ve never actually met. Involved in charity work. BONUS!

5. David Wright

Position: Third Base
Team: New York Mets
Stats: Perfect facial features. Firm grip. Gives off a “boy-next-door” vibe. Looks really good in really tight pants.

6. Joe Mauer

Position: Catcher
Team: Minnesota Twins
Stats: Flexible. Ruggedly handsome. Fierce sideburns. Could be mistaken for a Hemsworth brother.

7. Cole Hamels

Position: Pitcher
Team: Philadelphia Phillies
Stats: Tall. Dark. Handsome. Can grow a respectable goatee. I doubt he will ever struggle with balding issues.

8. Chase Utley

Position: Second Base
Team: Philadelphia Phillies
Stats: Why hello Mr. Forearm.

Let your voice be heard! Voting begins NOW!

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Kristi Dobbs
Kristi Dobbs
April 13, 2012 8:00 pm

What about the Atlanta Braves’ Brandon Beachy?! He beats out all of the above!!

April 13, 2012 8:25 pm

Missed out bigtime…STL #23 David Freese..Hands Down winner.

April 13, 2012 9:20 pm

Kristi, I agree! It was a bit of a bummer not to see a Brave on the list! These guys are certainly attractive, but I’ll never leave my first love- Chipper Jones. I’ve loved him since childhood!

April 14, 2012 9:38 am

I vote David Freese too, (Ive already complained on your facebook haha) So can we start a write in campaign?

April 14, 2012 10:06 am

I think it looks like you’ll need to do a Round Two, where you include Troy Tulowitzki from the Colorado Rockies. He can rock a pair of baseball pants better than En Fuego Roberto.

April 14, 2012 12:59 pm

Just to put in a little plug for my guy- I’m a big Phillies
fan, but never thought Cole Hamels was particularly hot. When I saw him in person at a charity event (the giatee isn’t his norm) I have to say- he’s perfection. He’s a great dad and does lots of charity work with bus wife. Vote Cole!

April 14, 2012 4:20 pm

Not a single guy from Texas!!!! Josh Hamilton or Ian kinsler or Mitch morland look them up so hot!!!

April 14, 2012 8:03 pm

WAIT. JUST. A. MINUTE!!?? No Ian Kinsler? No Josh Hamilton? Not a nod to ANY Texas ballplayer at all? Oh, I am beside myself!! (and I also support Kristen’s nomination of Mitch Morland) I withdraw my voting status in protest!!

April 15, 2012 12:05 pm

Ah, this was tough! Because as a Phillies fan I felt kind of obligated to vote for Chase Utley…but I also thought the first guy, Dustin, was a fine specimen. Maybe I’ll go back and vote again…

April 15, 2012 2:06 pm

Writing in Derek Jeter, life long Yankee, gorgeous green eyes, wonderful smile and a class act!

April 15, 2012 6:38 pm

The Mariners never win anything… Dustin should get this 🙂

April 15, 2012 7:28 pm

Good choices, Lincee! There are a lot of good looking men who play baseball, and these are some quality gents!

April 16, 2012 6:37 am

BTW: I did meet Torii Hunter when he was starting out with the MN Twins, came to the retirement community I was working at. He was 21 at the time and was wearing BRACES(hence the great smile) We talked about Jackie Robinson and the Brooklyn Dodgers (my home team). He was my mom’s fave. He said he wouldn’t be where he was today, without Mr. Robinson. Hope he is still as sweet as he was that day!

April 16, 2012 7:12 am

Holy buckets, this is my favorite “Hall of Fame” post yet!!

April 16, 2012 11:31 am

I have seen Joe Mauer on the big screen in Minnesota. Hot!!

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