The Best Lefthanded Batters and Lefthanded Pitchers in Baseball
Mickey Mantle Pete Rose Eddie Murray Chipper Jones
Switch-hitters are players who bat lefthanded against righthanded pitchers and bat righthanded against lefthanded pitchers. Most switch-hitters are righthanded players who started batting righthanded, and later learned to bat lefthanded to improve their chances of success in the game. There were very few switch-hitters in the olden days of baseball, but more switch-hitters began to emerge in the modern era and in recent years.
Mickey Mantle was a righthanded throwing outfielder and first-baseman who played 18 has the majors (from 1951 to 1968) with the New York Yankees. He finished with 1676 runs scored, 2415 hits, 1733 walks (8th all-time). 536 home runs (18th all-time), 1509 runs batted in, and a .298 batting average. He was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1974.
Pete Rose was a righthanded throwing outfielder, first-baseman and third-baseman who played 24 years in the majors (from 1963 to 1986) mostly with the Cincinnati Reds. He ranks 1st all-time in games played with 3562, at-bats with 14053, and hits with 4256, and he had 2165 runs scored (6th all-time), 746 doubles (2nd all time), and finished with a .303 batting average. Rose has not been elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame, and has been declared ineligible due to his involvement with gambling on baseball during his managerial career.
Eddie Murray was a righthanded throwing first-baseman who played 21 years in the majors (from 1977 to 1997) mostly with the Baltimore Orioles and Los Angeles Dodgers. He finished with 1627 runs scored, 3255 hits, 5397 total bases (10th all-time) 560 doubles, 504 home runs (27th all-time), 1917 runs batted in (10th all-time), and a .287 batting average. He was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2003.
Chipper Jones was a righthanded throwing third-baseman who played 19 years in the majors (1993 to 2012) with the Atlanta Braves. He finished with 2726 hits, 468 home runs, 1623 runs batting in, and a .303 batting average. He will be elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame when he becomes eligible in 2017.
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Frankie Frisch was a righthanded throwing second-baseman and third-baseman who played 19 years in the majors (from 1919 to 1937) with the St. Louis Cardinals and the New York Giants. He finished with 2880 hits, 1532 runs scored, 466 doubles, 138 triples, and a .316 batting average. He was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1947.
Max Carey was a righthanded throwing outfield who played 20 years in the major (from 1910 to 1929) mostly with the Pittsburgh Pirates. He finished with 2665 hits, 1545 runs scored, 419 doubles, 159 triples, 738 stolen bases (9th all time), and a .285 batting average. He was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1961.
Mark Texeira is a righthanded throwing first-baseman who has played 14 years (from 2003 to 2016) with four different teams and currently with the New York Yankees. He is retiting due to injuries that have reduced his numbers and his playing time during the past few seasons, but finishes with 408 doubles, 409 home runs, and 1298 runs batted in.
Other great switch-hitters (mostly in recent years) are Lance Berkman (366 home runs and 1234 runs batted in), Roberto Alomar (2724 hits), Bernie Williams (2336 hits and 1357 runs batted in), and Tim Raines (2605 hits and 808 stolen bases (5th all-time).