There is nothing like watching the sweetest swings in baseball history. Over the course of the game’s history, the swing has evolved and mutated into numerous styles. The top batters in history perfected the baseball swing into their own unique art form.
There have been great swings over the years, but nobody has a sweeter stroke in my mind than the players who made my list. Here are the sweetest swings in baseball history.
5 | Derek Jeter
Derek Jeter’s ability to go the other way landed him a spot on my list of the sweetest swings in baseball history. Jeter was a master at getting his hands inside the baseball and driving it all over the ballpark.
Jeter is arguably the best hitter of the generation. In his career, he amassed 3,465 hits. He was a career .310 hitter, which does not frequently happen for people who play 20 big-league seasons. Jeter is a 14-time All-Star selection and a five-time Silver Slugger.
The reason Jeter’s swing was so appealing was because of his tremendous eye. He did not swing at junk, so when he unloaded on the ball, he did so with authority.
4 | Hank Aaron
If someone creates a list for the sweetest swings in baseball history and the hammer is not on the list, it should be a crime. Hank Aaron is the home run king. Forget about Barry Bonds because Aaron hit 755 bombs without performance-enhancing drugs.
Aaron also accounted for 3,771 hits in his professional tenure. It did not matter who Aaron was facing because his swing was tough to beat.
3 | Ted Williams
Ted Williams was one of the innovators on swinging with an upward trajectory on the baseball. Launch angle has become the talk of baseball in today’s world. However, Williams was utilizing an upward swing path from the beginning of his career.
Williams hit .344 over his career, and he had an on-base percentage of .482. This is the highest OBP of all-time. Williams is a 19-time All-Star, a six-time batting champion, and a two-time MVP.
Williams deserved a spot for innovating the baseball swing before launch angle was even a concern. Ted Williams will forever be known as one of the greatest hitters of all-time, and he did this with a revolutionary swing.
2 | Joe DiMaggio
If you garner a 56-game hitting streak, you have one of the sweetest swings in MLB history. Joe DiMaggio put together a 56-game hitting streak in 1941. DiMaggio won nine World Series with the New York Yankees, so he batted in a lineup loaded with talent.
The players around DiMaggio allowed him to be dominant because pitchers had to throw strikes, with Yankees consistently getting on base.
DiMaggio is a 13-time All-Star, a two-time batting champ, and a three-time MVP. He was critical in the success of the Yankees in his 13-year career.
DiMaggio served in the military in the middle of his career for three seasons, but Joltin’ Joe returned to the Yankees with a vengeance in his final six big-league seasons.
1 | Ken Griffey Jr.
Ken Griffey Jr. has the sweetest swing in baseball history, and this was apparent when he hit a ball that left the yard. In the nineties, when Griffey dominated baseball, kids wanted to swing like him because his stroke was so beautiful.
Griffey played 22 seasons in the MLB. The second half of his career was plagued by injuries, but from 1990 to 2000, there was not a consistently better hitter in the game.
Griffey Jr. made the All-Star team thirteen times. He made the squad for 11 straight years between 1990 and 2000. He collected the Silver Slugger Award seven times and has a league MVP to his name.
When you watch “the kid” swing the bat through his highlights, you will be in awe.
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