The 2021 MLB Season
The Best Lefthanded Batters and Lefthanded Pitchers in Baseball
Nick Markakis recently retired after playing 15 years in the majors, 9 with the Baltimore Orioles and then 6 with the Atlanta Braves. Through 2020 he had has played in 2154 games, and has 2388 hits, 1119 runs scored, 514 doubles (54th all-time), 189 home runs, 1046 runs batted in, and a .288 batting average. He made the all-star team on 2018 and he won the Gold Glove Award for fielding excellence in the outfield three times.
Daniel Murphy recently retired after playing 12 years in the majors, 7 years with the New York Mets, then time with Washington and the Chicago Cubs before his last 2 with the Colorado Rockies. He is a 3 time All-Star with a .296 lifetime batting average (5 times over .300 including a .347 average in 2016. He also has 1572 hits, 371 doubles, and 735 runs batted in.
Jay Bruce started the 2021 season playing first-base for the Yankees before announcing his retirement on April 18. The lefthanded throwing outfielder played 3 years in the majors, the first 9 with Cincinnati before playing with 5 other teams. The 3-time all-star finished with 1650 games played, 1455 hits, 312 doubles, 319 home runs (124th all-time), and 951 RBI. He hit more than 20 home runs 11 times, with 5 of them being 30 or more).
Robinson Cano is a right-handed throwing second-baseman who has played 16 years in the majors, 9 with the New York Yankees, 5 with the Seattle Mariners, and now 2 with the New York Mets. He has played in 2234 games, including 150 or more in 11 consecutive years. He has 2624 hits, 1257 runs scored, 571 doubles, 334 home runs, 1302 runs batted in, and a .303 batting average. He is an 8 time All-Star, and Just a few years ago, he was a sure bet to make the Hall of Fame when his career was over. But two suspensions for using Performance Enhancing Drugs have cost him a lot of playing time and hurt his reputation.
Mike Moustakis is a righthanded throwing infielder with 10 years in the majors, mostly with Kansas City and the past 2 with Cincinnati. He has 1073 hits, 235 doubles, 190 home runs, and 588 runs batted in.
Kyle Seager is a righthanded throwing third-baseman with 10 years in the majors, all with Seattle. He has 1267 hits, 280 doubles, 207 home runs, including 20 or more 8 straight years until 2020) and 706 runs batted in.
Chris Davis is a righthanded throwing infielder and outfield with 13 years in the majors, the past 10 with Baltimore. He has 295 home runs, including 53 in 2013 and 47 in 2015, and 780 runs batted in (138 in 2013).
There are so many more that we don't have room to mention them all. We will include all who are active when we do our mid-season report and statistics. For now we'll mention six others who have the highest career batting averages among those we haven't mentioned before.
David Peralta has a career batting average of .290 in his 7 years with the Diamondbacks. Dee Strange-Gordon has a .286 average over 10 years in the majors. Corey Dickerson has a .285 average in his 8 years in the majors. Jon Jay is at .283 over 12 years, Ender Enciarte is at .282 over 7 years, and Adam Eaton is at .280 over 9 years.
Other Veteran Lefthanded Batters
Joey Votto is a right-handed throwing first-baseman who has played 14 years with the Cincinnati Reds. He has played in 1771 games and has 1908 hits, 1041 runs scored, 412 doubles, 295 home runs, 966 runs batted in, and a .304 batting average. His .419 on base % and .517 slugging % are among the all-time leaders. He is a six time All-Star and won the National League MVP in 2010. Votto was also considered a likely future Hall of Famer, but since the beginning of 2018 he has lost his power his numbers are in decline.
Veterans Approaching Career Milestones