George Brett

George Brett would cringe if he saw some of the hitting totals for third basemen in 2011.
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George Brett, 3B


Career: 1973-93, Royals
Fun fact: Won a batting title in three decades

The term "pure hitter" was invented for players like Brett, who is the only third baseman in history with more than 300 homers and 3,000 hits, and he has more career walks (1,096) than strikeouts (908).

When Brett went on the disabled list to open the 1984 season, teammate Dan Quisenberry said: "Our goal is to get as many games rained out as we can the first six to eight weeks that George is out."

Previous rank: 30