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The All-Switch-Hitter Team

No way a bullet can do that! - Daniel Shirey

Most people are right-handed. You can depend on a right-handed person. A right-handed person is a good neighbor, definitely not a bomb-thrower.

A lefty, on the other hand, you have to watch out for. You wouldn't let a left-handed person do your taxes or babysit your kids, for instance. I'm not telling you anything you don't already know.

But the worst type, by far, are the ambidextrous. A left-handed person you can at least trust to be himself. A switch-hitter, though, can't make up his mind. He's a squish. God save us if one of these gutless losers ever attained high office.

Anyway, here are the best switch-hitters in baseball history, as chosen by the Commissioner's blue ribbon panel of experts:

Pos Player Years WAR Notes
C Ted Simmons 1968-1988 50.3 Probably the best catcher not in the Hall of Fame, after Piazza.
1B Eddie Murray 1977-1997 68 One of only four players with 3,000 hits, 500 homers.
2B Frankie Frisch 1919-1937 70.1 He and Chipper are only players to hit .300 from each side of plate.
3B Chipper Jones 1993-2012 85.2 Only switch-hitter to see through Warren Report hoax.
SS Ozzie Smith 1978-1996 78.5 Had the best season without any home runs in the post-dead-ball era.
LF Tim Raines 1979-2002 68.8 Stole 808 bases with 85% success rate. Greatest base stealer ever?
CF Mickey Mantle 1951-1968 109.7 Reached base at .512 clip in 1957 and still didn't lead the league!
RF Carlos Beltran 1998-present 67.6 Had 1.557 OPS across two postseason series in 2004.
UT Pete Rose 1963-1986 79.4 Played during six different presidential administrations.





SP Kid Nichols 1890-1906 116.6 The first great overhand pitcher? Was youngest ever to 300 wins.
SP Robin Roberts 1948-1966 83.1 Led NL pitchers in WAR every year from 1950 thru 1954.
SP Ted Lyons 1923-1946 67.2 Only Hall of Fame pitcher with more walks than strikeouts.
SP Mordedai Brown 1903-1916 55.1 Some incredible century-old footage of him pitching here.
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