Left field/Designated hitter – Babe Ruth (1920)
George Herman “Babe” Ruth changed the game of baseball, once the Yankees acquired him from the Boston Red Sox. There should not be a single all-time best baseball players list that doesn’t include him in the top-5. Babe was a fantastic pitcher, but a unique hitter with tremendous power.
Once the Red Sox shipped him to the Yanks for cash to fund a play, Ruth had arguably the best season of his career. While he did hit 60 home runs in 1927, I consider 1920 his best overall season because of his slash line. Ruth, at the age of 25 slashed .376/.532/.847 with a league-high 54 home runs and 135 RBI.
The Yankees decided to use Ruth primarily as a hitter for the rest of his career, despite being a fantastic pitcher. I believe in the designated hitter position, so for my lineup, I put Ruth in the DH hole each and every year.
MLB Limited TV series about Babe Ruth coming soon?
We’ve heard all the stories, but did you know we are going to see a limited TV series about Ruth soon? It’s going to play on the anti-hero that Ruth was reported to be.
According to The Detroit News, MLB will try to attract more of a young audience by focusing on the first megastar the sport ever had. While many high caliber athletes played the game of baseball for decades, none were as famous as “The Babe.”
MLB has hired Director/Producer Allen Coulter to oversee the project. His credits include “Boardwalk Empire” and “The Sopranos.” I cannot wait for this series to come out. I’m sure it will be fantastic.