A magician with a baseball bat and a career batting average of .324, Todd Helton is considered one of baseball's truly elite hitters. He ranks seventh all time in career average amongst players from baseball's "modern era." The 15-year-veteran Colorado first baseman has long been known for his versatility at the plate to deliver in every situation, whether hitting the long ball or moving a runner over with surgeon-like precision. Helton is a five-time All Star, four-time Sliver Slugger and three-time Gold Glove winner who reached a pinnacle in 2000 when he captured the batting title with a .372 average (while also leading the league in RBI). His elite-athletic status is underscored by the fact that he was a two-sport athlete and Quarterback for the University of Tennessee, prior to his professional baseball career.
There are those special big league players that just keep proving the critics wrong. Despite consistently producing year-after-year, they find themselves shopped to new teams and are forced to prove their value time and time again. Juan Pierre has made a career out of proving people wrong, and one look at this elite speedster's career stats would leave most fans scratching their heads in confusion. You can begin to understand Pierre's consistency with the fact that he has the most stolen bases amongst active big league players with 500. You can also point to his career average at just under .300. In fact, after being shipped from Los Angeles to Chicago in 2010, Pierre went on to have a banner year, leading the league with 68 stolen bases, scoring just under 100 runs (98) and registering 179 hits in a critical leadoff spot in Chicago's batting order. This marked the third season that Pierre had led the league in steals. Suffice to say, that after 11 seasons with five different teams, Juan Pierre has proven that he is one of the best leadoff hitters and sure-fire gloves in the past decade.