Detroit Tigers DH and outfield
Boston Red Sox
Just typing out J.D.’s name hurt my soul and it’s still probably one of the more difficult dealings I’ve witnessed as a Tigers fan. With 23 home runs and 76 RBI and an OPS of .912, Martinez had some of the better Tigers batting stats in 2014. He’s a 4x All-Star, 3x Silver Slugger, 2018 World Series winner,
and still dominates in a Red Sox uniform with 25 home runs on the year.
Although plagued with knee injuries, Victor Martinez had the best numbers during the 2014 season: .335/.409/.565 and a remarkable OPS of .974. With both Miggy and V-Mart in the batting order, there was never a shortage of astonishing skill on display. The 5x All-Star and 2x Silver Slugger ended his career in Detroit with .295/.360./.455 and then went on to fulfill his other dream of becoming a cattle farmer.
Pittsburgh Pirates, Bench Coach
I saved the best of the batters for last: utility man, Don Kelly, baby. When writing my notes for each individual player, the highlighted point for Kelly was “pure joy.” With a career .230/.294/.334, Kelly went on to resume his baseball career as a bench coach for the Pirates. He may not have been number one in batting stats, but he’ll always be number one in our hearts. They can’t stop Don Kelly.
If I haven’t already made you cry thus far, well, I haven’t taken a crack at pitchers yet. Have your tissues at the ready.