Diamond Studs: Baseball’s Hottest (Looking) Players
Baseball’s Hottest (Looking) Players – 2011
Two years ago, thanks to feedback from our female readers and our Twitter fans, we compiled our first ever Baseball’s Hottest (Looking) Players for 2009. Still today, our page showing some of baseball’s sexiest players is still one of our most popular pages. In fact, it only falls behind our annual Baseball’s Hottest Wives competition as the most consistently popular feature of our site. So much for our in-depth fantasy baseball coverage; in the end, it’s always sex that sells.
Our Female Readers Favorite Position
As for what “position” our female readers like, they overwhelmingly like to play the field. An amazing 28 outfielders were nominated by our readers. The second most popular place women want to be is second base; a dozen keystoners were nominated by our passionate female readers. Pitchers were not as well represented as they should be, probably because they only get on the field once every fifth day. Relievers were even more miffed with only 3 total relievers mentioned; not surprisingly all were closers. As for catchers, it was easy to pick our starting fantasy lineup: only two catchers not named Mauer was named.
One interesting omission from the list was New York Yankees’ third baseman Alex Rodriguez. A-Rod got more negative press than any other MLB player. His credentials are certainly worthy. In addition to being handsome, he currently dates Cameron Diaz which places him in a near Jeter-esque category. It must have something to do with A-Rod’s less than altruistic actions in the past few years. One reader, Jill Traficante said: “A-Rod is hot, but don’t feed his ego by including him on your list or you’ll lose all credibility.”
As a straight man, one of the things that continues to amaze me in women’s selection of hot looking men is the variation in their selections. Some seem to like the pretty boy types like Cole Hamels, others like the rugged look of Josh Hamilton, or the freaky looking Tim Lincecum, while still others like the exotic look of Ichiro Suzuki.
When it comes to guys, we tend to amazingly predictable. I’m sure there isn’t a single male reader of Fantasy Baseball Dugout that doesn’t think that Orioles’ second baseman Brian Roberts has an incredibly hot wife in Diana Roberts.
Here are just a few comments from the female readers of Fantasy Baseball Dugout:
David Wright, New York Mets
“His amazing smile and physique are unmatched! He’s my favorite!”
— Melissa Pauls, Frost Valley YMCA
Jacoby Ellsbury, Boston Red Sox
“He’s adorable. His best move ever was stealing home against the Yankees 2 years ago. If that doesn’t make him the hottest baseball player alive today…
— Laura Beck, Too Short Industries
Russell Martin, New York Yankess
“Not only is he a good looking man, but I’ve loved him ever since he was at bat and was deliberately hit with the ball dangerously close to his head. He walked to first. That was much classier than starting a fight.”
— Tracy Gibb, Less Than Perfect Parents
Brennan Boesch, Detroit Tigers
“Beyond being dreamy, the boy can hit. And, the boyfriend has given me the thumbs up for inappropriate activity with him were it ever to happen. (So, if Brennan gets to read this, feel free to tell him there’s a pretty 25-year-old in Seattle who would make a trip out west totally worth his while.)” [Editor's Note -- that's Jaime's quote Mr. Boyfriend, not mine]
— Jaime Palmucci, Debutante Media
So, without further ado, here is our fantasy baseball lineup of the fantasy baseball team that our female readers would most like to hit a homerun with.
2011 Baseball’s Sexiest Players
- Joe Mauer, Catcher, Minnesota Twins
- Russell Martin, Catcher, New York Yankees
- James Loney, First Baseman, Los Angeles Dodgers
- Sean Rodriguez, Second Baseman, Tampa Bay Rays
- Derek Jeter, Shortstop, New York Yankees
- David Wright, Third Baseman, New York Mets
- Evan Longoria, Third Baseman, Tampa Bay Rays (Corner IF)
- Chase Utley, Second Baseman, Philadelphia Phillies (Middle IF)
- Nick Markakis, Outfielder, Baltimore Orioles
- Andre Ethier, Outfielder, Los Angeles Dodgers
- Jayson Werth, Outfielder, Washington Nationals
- Jacoby Ellsbury, Outfielder, Boston Red Sox
- Grady Sizemore, Outfielder, Cleveland Indians
- Rick Ankiel, Outfielder, Washington Nationals (Utility)
- Curtis Granderson, Outfielder, New York Yankees (Utility)
- Alex Rios, Outfielder, Chicago White Sox (Utility)
- Cole Hamels, Starting Pitcher, Philadelphia Phillies
- Rich Harden, Starting Pitcher, Oakland A’s
- Cliff Lee, Starting Pitcher, Philadelphia Phillies
- Rick Porcello, Starting Pitcher, Detroit Tigers
- Adam Wainwright, Starting Pitcher, St. Louis Cardinals
- Jake Arrieta, Starting Pitcher, Baltimore Orioles
- Huston Street, Relief Pitcher, Colorado Rockies
- Mariano Rivera, Relief Pitcher, New York Yankees
- Barry Zito, Starting Pitcher, San Francisco Giants
Michael Young, Designated Hitter, Texas Rangers
Matt Kemp, Outfielder, Los Angeles Dodgers (Bench)
Robinson Cano, Second Baseman, New York Yankees (Bench)
Jeff Francouer, Outfielder, Kansas City Royals (Bench)
Franklin Gutierrez, Outfielder, Seattle Mariners (Bench)
Austin Jackson, Outfielder, Detroit Tigers (Bench)
Hanley Ramirez, Shortstop, Florida Marlins (Bench)
Ian Kinsler, Second Baseman, Texas Rangers (Bench)
Ryan Braun, Outfielder, Milwaukee Brewers (Bench)
David DeJesus, Outfielder, Oakland A's (Bench)
Justin Upton, Outfielder, Arizona Diamondbacks (Bench)
Dustin Ackley, Second Baseman, Seattle Mariners (Bench)
Need to cruise the internet for the rest of the night looking for hot guys? Here’s the others that were nominated by our female readers that didn’t quite get enough mentions to make the cut.
Jarod Saltalamacchia, Derek Lee, Albert Pujols, Mark Texeira, Todd Helton, Michael Young, Ryan Theriot, Ryan Roberts, Brian Roberts, Dustin Pedroia, Troy Tulowitzki, Elvis Andrus, Alex Rodriguez, Chipper Jones, Gordon Beckham, Brandon Inge, Josh Willingham, Mark Kotsay, Brannon Boesch, Carlos Beltran, Tony Gwynn Jr., Denard Span, Delmon Young, Ichiro Suzuki, Nick Swisher, Sam Fuld, Mike Stanton, Josh Hamilton, Matt Holliday, Daniel Bard, Javier Vasquez, Miguel Batista, Tim Lincecum, Joakim Soria, Shawn Riggans.
All right ladies, let us know. Whom did we miss?
Joe Mauer — Baseball’s Sexiest Player
As for the player named the most on our ballots and tweets, it was not Derek Jeter as it was in 2009. Perhaps, ladies pulled away from the serial dater and wedding breaker-upper. The hottest player, according to our female readers, is Joe Mauer.
Must have something to do with his great hair.
Joe Mauer -- FBD's Sexiest Baseball Star 2011