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The top 10 tallest players in MLB history

The top 10 tallest players in MLB history

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Major League Baseball has seen its fair share of towering athletes throughout its illustrious history. These players, often towering over their peers, have left a lasting impression on the sport. Let's delve into the top 10 tallest players in MLB history, exploring their impact on the game.

1. Randy Johnson (6-foot-10)

Randy Johnson, known as the "Big Unit," stands at an imposing 6-foot-10. He utilized his remarkable height to become one of the greatest pitchers of his generation, securing five Cy Young Awards, six 300-strikeout seasons, and a perfect game. Johnson's dominance on the mound earned him a well-deserved spot in the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2015.

2. Jon Rauch (6-foot-11)

Jon Rauch, towering at 6-foot-11, is the tallest player to start an MLB game. Over his 11-season career, he displayed his prowess as a relief pitcher, tallying 62 saves and a 3.90 ERA while playing for seven teams. Rauch's remarkable stature undoubtedly made him a memorable figure in the league.

3. Sean Hjelle (6-foot-11)

Sean Hjelle, also standing at 6-foot-11, shares the title of the tallest player in MLB history with Rauch. As an active player for the San Francisco Giants, Hjelle's height has undoubtedly set him apart in the league, adding a unique dimension to his game.

4. Chris Young (6-foot-10)

Chris Young, a 6-foot-10 pitcher, displayed promise early in his career, earning an All-Star selection in 2007 with the San Diego Padres. Despite battling injuries throughout his 13-year tenure, Young's remarkable height made him a notable figure in the MLB.

5. Eric Hillman (6-foot-10)

At 6-foot-10, Eric Hillman had a brief but memorable stint with the New York Mets from 1992 to 1994. His towering presence on the mound certainly caught the attention of baseball enthusiasts during his time in the league.

6. Aaron Slegers (6-foot-10)

Aaron Slegers, a 6-foot-10 right-hander, made occasional appearances for the Minnesota Twins, Tampa Bay Rays, and Los Angeles Angels between 2017 and 2021. His decision to pursue baseball over basketball despite his exceptional height is a testament to his dedication to the sport.

7. Andrew Brackman (6-foot-10)

Andrew Brackman, standing at 6-foot-10, had a brief stint with the New York Yankees in 2011. His remarkable height and his success in both baseball and basketball at North Carolina State made him a notable figure in the MLB.

8. Andy Sisco (6-foot-10)

Andy Sisco, a 6-foot-10 left-hander, made his major league debut in 2005 with the Kansas City Royals. Despite facing challenges in the subsequent seasons, Sisco's towering presence on the mound did not go unnoticed.

9. Oneil Cruz (6-foot-7)

Oneil Cruz, at 6-foot-7, made history as the tallest player to start a big league game at shortstop. His remarkable height and electrifying debut in 2022 with the Pittsburgh Pirates have solidified his position as one of the tallest and most promising players in the league.

10. Grayson Greiner (6-foot-6)

Grayson Greiner, listed at 6-foot-6, is one of the tallest catchers in MLB history. His imposing stature behind the plate has set him apart, making him a notable figure in the league's history.

These towering athletes have left an indelible mark on Major League Baseball, showcasing that height can indeed be an advantage in the sport. Their presence on the field has captivated fans and fellow players alike, solidifying their places in the annals of baseball history.


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