Former Cubs catcher David Ross shimmied all the way to the Dancing With The Stars finale on Tuesday night, but he and his partner Lindsay Arnold fell just short of the coveted Mirrorball Trophy, taking second place in the competition. Ross was runner-up to another talented pro athlete, NFL running back Rashad Jennings, who wowed the viewers and judges with "spunk" and "swag" in his final routine.
Of course, this got us thinking about future DWTS celebrity casts, and which current Major League Baseball players would make the best contestants. So we made a list. Here are nine MLB players we'd love to see compete on "Dancing With The Stars."
Miguel Cabrera, 1B, Detroit Tigers
We already know that Miggy can rock the robot like none other, so we can only imagine how great it would be to see him attempt to salsa or tango like the pros. If Cabrera’s moves on the dance floor are anything like his finesse at the plate, he wouldn’t have any problem waltzing all the way to the finals. Pus, it’s hard to think of anyone else we’d rather see suit up in bellbottoms for disco night.
Bryce Harper, OF, Washington Nationals
The former NL Rookie of the Year and NL MVP would definitely have an unfair advantage over his celebrity competition, as he’s one of the most talented athletes in the game. But Harper's fiery personality and flair for the dramatic would make him a good candidate for DWTS. Add in his short temper, which has been known to get him in trouble with the umps, and you’ve got the potential for a DWTS dancer-judge feud for the ages.
Andrew McCutchen, OF, Pittsburgh Pirates
The Pirates have been known to throw spontaneous dance parties, and Andrew McCutchen always seems to be at the forefront. Not only has he been caught freestyling with teammates in dugout dance-offs, but he’s taken his moves to the basepaths as well. He loves to dance so much that the Pirates have actually considered installing a dance floor inside the home clubhouse. Well not really, but it would be awesome if they did.
Justin Verlander, SP, Tigers
His fiancé Kate Upton certainly isn’t shy about bustin’ a move, so you’d think Verlander has learned a thing or two from her numerous impromptu dance sessions. In fact, J-Ver showed off the funky chicken move, among others, in a dance-off with Miguel Cabrera during Tigers fanfest this offseason.
Bartolo Colon, SP, Atlanta Braves
With a nickname like “Big Sexy,” how can he not be on this list? Bartolo has become somewhat of a cult figure in recent years, thanks to his unique mannerisms and infectious personality. From his infamous gut shake to his numerous helmet mishaps, Bartolo has had his fair share of awkward moments gone viral, so suiting him up for a dance competition would likely provide hours of endless entertainment.
Francisco Lindor, SS, Cleveland Indians
The young shortstop has some of the smoothest moves in the game on the field, so they have to translate to the dance floor, right? Frankie’s explosive personality and charisma would help put him over with the DWTS judges, and we have to factor in his great taste in walk-up music. Some of his recent choices include "Tootsee Roll," "The Humpty Dance" and the theme from "Space Jam."
Yasiel Puig, OF, Los Angeles Dodgers
We already know Puig knows how to throw an epic dance party, but can he actually dance? Yes, and he has the ability to pull off one of the most sought-after dance moves of the wedding reception realm — The Worm. We’d love to see Puig work his flawless worm wiggle into a DWTS routine, along with the other awesome moves in his arsenal. We’ve seen him jitterbug with senior citizens, mambo with the team sideline reporter and "turn up" with his Triple-A teammates, so we’re guessing Puig wouldn’t disappoint.
Madison Bumgarner, SP, San Francisco Giants
Now this could be a train wreck waiting to happen, but you must admit, the intrigue is there. The burly, bearded manly man grew up on the farm and enjoys classic rock and country, so seeing him "rock out" to Backstreet Boys on "Boy Bands Week" or foxtrot to the "Frozen" soundtrack on "Disney Night" would be must-watch TV. Maybe MadBum has a much softer side that’s just waiting to be seen.
Aaron Judge, OF, New York Yankees
The 6-foot-7 slugger is one of the hottest hitters in baseball and his unprecedented power has fans flocking to Yankee Stadium just to get a glimpse of his batting practice. Judge even has his own designated “Judge’s Chambers” cheering section in right field, where fans showing up wearing judges robes and white wigs — and we understand why. His towering frame and freakish athleticism make him an attraction on his own, so it would be appointment viewing to see the Yankee outfielder try to cut a rug on DWTS.