Here are some of our all-time favorites. They weren't just handsome and great ballplayers, they were heroes too.
Roberto Clemente: Pirates, 1955-72. Died at age 38 in an aviation accident while en route to deliver aid to earthquake victims in Nicaragua. MLB's humanitarian award is named for him.
Lou Gehrig: Yankees, 1923-39. Retired at age 36 due to the fatal neuromuscular disease ALS, now commonly known as Lou Gehrig's Disease. His legacy has raised awareness and funds for the fight against the disease.
Jackie Robinson: Dodgers, 1947-56. The first African-American to play major league baseball. His courage and grace under remarkable pressure paved the way for generations of African-American ballplayers.
Ted Williams: Red Sox, 1939-60, with time off for military service from 1942-46 (WWII) and 1952-53 (Korean War). He is the last player to hit .400 in a season (1941).
With those sparkling eyes and that dazzling smile Derek Jeter secures a spot on our list of the hottest men in baseball. Which other MLB stars catch our attention?
Robinson Cano — Yankees, second baseman
Cano, who is named after Jackie Robinson, had a breakout season with the Yankees in 2010. That's fine with us — it means more exposure for that beautiful face. He's devoted to his family in the Dominican Republic and is involved with numerous charities, including cancer prevention and hurricane relief.
Key stats: Born 10/22/82; 6-foot, 205 pounds; single
Matt Kemp — Dodgers, outfielder
Kemp upped his profile when he started dating Grammy-winning singer Rihanna in 2010 (they broke up in 2011). Savvy fans had noticed him long before that, however. He launched a community initiative called Kemp's Kids that benefits youth organizations.
Key stats: Born 9/23/84; 6-foot-3, 225 pounds; single
Joe Mauer — Twins, catcher
Mauer is the boy we all wish we grew up next door to. The former AL MVP answers all of his fan mail personally with help from his mom. We find that kind of aw-shucks personality very endearing.
Key stats: Born 4/19/83; 6-foot-5, 230 pounds; married
Adam Wainwright — Cardinals, pitcher
Starting pitcher Wainwright has a strong jaw and piercing eyes to go along with that amazing throwing arm of his. His hobbies include golf and fishing.
Key stats: Born 8/30/81; 6-foot-7, 230 pounds; married
Derek Jeter — Yankees, shortstop
Sure, a lot of women have a thing for bad boys, but Jeter is the type you want to take home to mother. Jeter's never been involved in controversy, he's the consummate teammate and he's never spoken ill of his ex-girlfriends (a list that makes him the envy of any red-blooded male).
Key stats: Born 6/26/74; 6-foot-3, 195 pounds; apparently back on with actress Minka Kelly after a four-month break in their relationship
Justin Maxwell — Royals, outfielder
Both of Maxwell's parents are dentists. That explains the perfect teeth. He had a 4.0 GPA in high school and chose to go to Maryland (where he grew up) over Harvard.
Key stats: Born 11/6/83; 6-foot-5, 235 pounds; single
Michael Cuddyer — Rockies, outfielder
We can't help but fall for those dimples. But he's so much more than that. Cuddy is active in charitable causes, is an avid and accomplished photographer and wrote some pretty great columns for FOX Sports North.
Key stats: Born 3/27/79; 6-foot-2, 220 pounds; married
Alex Rodriguez — Yankees, third baseman
A-Rod is the ultimate bad boy. If that's your type then A-Rod just may be the man for you.
Key stats: Born 7/27/75; 6-foot-3, 230 pounds; reportedly dating former WWE diva and Playboy model Torrie Wilson.
Jayson Werth — Nationals, outfielder
He often sports a Grizzly Adams beard, but we prefer the slugger with a five o'clock shadow. He signed a monster contract with the Nats in the 2010 offseason ($126 million for 7 years).
Key stats: Born 5/20/79; 6-foot-5, 220 pounds; single
Cole Hamels — Phillies, pitcher
This ace's boyish good looks make him as hot off the pitching mound as he is on it.
Key stats: Born 12/27/83; 6-foot-3, 190 pounds; married to former "Survivor" contestant Heidi Strobel
Grady Sizemore — Indians, outfielder
When Sizemore got his first big baseball payday, he told his parents they could retire and he volunteers for and donates generously to youth charities. We can see why he's a fan favorite in Cleveland, especially among a fan group that calls itself Grady's Ladies Sisterhood.
Key stats: Born 8/2/82; 6-foot-2, 200 pounds; engaged to model Brittany Binger
Jeff Francoeur — Royals, outfielder
"Frenchy" comes from a family of teachers and is involved in charity activities off the field. What's not to like?
Key stats: Born 1/8/84; 6-foot-5, 220 pounds; married
Andre Ethier — Dodgers, outfielder
Ethier is a serious foodie who writes a blog about L.A. restaurants. Who wouldn't want to share a meal with him?
Key stats: Born 4/10/82; 6-foot-2, 210 pounds; married
Sean Rodriguez — Rays, second baseman
This is what we call Miami heat. Hometown hottie Rodriguez was born and raised in Miami and now plays on the other side of the Sunshine State in Tampa.
Key stats: Born 4/26/85; 6-foot-1, 215 pounds; married
Austin Jackson — Tigers, outfielder
Jackson had planned to attend Georgia Tech on a basketball scholarship before the Yankees lured him away.
Key stats: Born 2/1/87; 6-foot-1, 185 pounds; single
Franklin Gutierrez — Mariners, outfielder
Gutierrez plays in the home of Starbucks Coffee. We'd love to buy him a Frappuccino.
Key stats: Born 2/21/83; 6-foot-2, 190 pounds; married
David Wright — Mets, third baseman
Infielder Wright founded an organization to raise funds multiple sclerosis organizations. He sure sounds like Mr. Right to us.
Key stats: Born 12/20/82; 6-feet, 210 pounds; single
Josh Willingham — Twins, outfielder
Alabama born and bred, Willingham looks like the essence of Southern charm.
Key stats: Born 2/17/79; 6-foot-2, 215 pounds; married
Conor Jackson — Rangers, outfielder
Jackson's father is an actor. That must be where he got his movie-star good looks.
Key stats: Born 5/7/82; 6-foot-2, 215 pounds; single
David DeJesus — Cubs, outfielder
The right fielder (recently signed by the Cubs), who attended Rutgers University, won our hearts with his good looks and intelligence.
Key stats: Born 12/20/79; 5-foot-11, 190 pounds; married
Jake Arrieta — Orioles, pitcher
Arrieta made his major league debut in June 2010 and immediately caught the eye of loyal, if frustrated, Orioles fans. His level-headed approach to the game and confidence at such a young age makes him even more attractive.
Key stats: Born 3/6/86; 6-foot-4, 225 pounds; married
Alex Rios — White Sox, outfielder
Rios was added to our list by popular demand. Seems this Puerto Rican-American star (born in Coffee, Ala.) has a lot of enamored fans out there.
Key stats: Born 2/18/81; 6-foot-5, 210 pounds; single
Chase Utley — Phillies, second baseman
California boy Utley has a soft spot for man's best friend. In his adpoted home of Philly he and his wife raise money for the Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Any friend of animals is a friend of ours.
Key stats: Born 12/17/78; 6-foot-1, 190 pounds; married
Curtis Granderson — Yankees, outfielder
Granderson serves as an ambassador for Major League Baseball International. He has traveled to Italy, China, South Africa and New Zealand promoting the sport. His charity, called Grand Kids Foundation, raises money for innercity kids. And he was voted one of MLB's friendliest players by his peers.
Key stats: Born 3/16/81; 6-foot-1, 185 pounds; single
Cliff Lee — Phillies, starting pitcher
A man who excels in his profession is very sexy, and few pitchers in the MLB are as skilled as Cliff Lee. Lee recently chose to sign with the Phillies rather than the Yankees, even though the Bronx Bombers offered $30 million more. We think part of the reason is that Yanks fans were rude to his wife. Now that's what we call gallant.
Key stats: Born 8/30/78; 6-foot-3, 190 pounds; married
Justin Upton — Braves, outfielder
Upton was drafted out of high school and became the youngest player in the major leagues at 19. Young and successful — just our type.
Key stats: Born 8/25/87; 6-foot-2, 205 pounds; single
Huston Street — Padres, pitcher
Recently traded Street plays guitar and is a wine connoisseur. Sounds like the makings of a romantic evening.
Key stats: Born 8/2/83; 6-feet, 190 pounds; married
Ichiro Suzuki — Yankees, outfielder
The M's star moved to the U.S. after playing professional baseball for nine seasons in Japan, where he is such a huge celebrity that there is a museum dedicated to him. Who can resist that kind of star power?
Key stats: Born 10/22/73; 5-foot-11, 170 pounds; married
Torii Hunter — Tigers, outfielder
Hunter is a whirlwind of personality and natural charisma. The dazzling smile won us over.
Key stats: Born 7/18/75; 6-foot-2, 225 pounds; married
David Freese — Cardinals, 3B
Freese, the 2011 World Series hero, is a Missouri boy who grew up cheering his hometown team. He quit baseball for a while after high school but, thankfully, found his way back.
Key stats: Born 4/28/83; 6-foot-2, 220 pounds; single
David Robertson — Yankees, reliever
Robertson is as sweet as he looks. He and his wife Erin started a charitable foundation called "High Socks for Hope" to aid victims the 2011 tornado that struck Robertson's native Alabama. Robertson, one of the game's best relievers, donates $100 for every strikeout he records.
Key stats: Born 4/9/85; 5-foot-11, 195 pounds; married
Giancarlo Stanton — Marlins, outfielder
Stanton's full name is Giancarlo Cruz Michael Stanton. He went by Mike for his first two season. He announced prior to the 2012 season that he preferred to use the name Giancarlo, although his father still calls him Mike, his mom calls him Cruz, other relatives call him Mikey and his teammates call him Bigfoot. Whatever you call him, he impressed as a rookie in 2010 and packed on more muscle for his sophomore season. The California native was a three-sport athlete in high school.
Key stats: Born 11/8/89; 6-foot-5, 235 pounds; single
Angel Pagan — Giants, OF
Pagan grew up in Puerto Rico. His macho hobbies include boxing and spearfishing, but he's a real softie when it comes to his wife and daughters.
Key stats: Born 7/2/81; 6-foot-2, 200 pounds; married.
Sam Fuld — Rays, outfielder
Fuld made such an instant splash with the Rays in 2011 with his dazzling defensive plays, that he begat a Twitter trend — #LegendofSamFuld. He's the son of Kenneth Fuld, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Professor of Psychology at the University of New Hampshire, and Amanda Merrill, a New Hampshire State Senator. He is a diabetic who loves to take time to help out kids with the disease.
Key stats: Born 11/20/81; generously listed at 5-foot-10, 180 pounds; married
Dustin Ackley — Mariners, 2B
We're still learning about this Mariners rookie, but there's plenty of time to get to know him. He made quite a splash in his first season with the M's after being called up on June 17, 2011, and he's sure to be an MLB fixture for years to come. He's already a fan favorite in Seattle; we can see why.
Key stats: Born 2/26/88; 6-foot-1, 185 pounds; engaged