Baseball is a game of numbers — OPS, WAR, and UZR has become the language of the game — but it is also a game of style.
What else would you expect from a game that is, essentially a compilation of individual performances, with those individuals coming from a variety of backgrounds.
Despite what the unwritten rules police want you to believe, baseball is a game of flair.
We want to highlight that — and what better way to start than to we rank the sweetest swings in baseball today.
With apologies to Joe Mauer, Adrian Gonzalez, Manny Machado, Adam Jones, Travis Shaw, Miguel Cabrera, Giancarlo Stanton and many, many more, here are the 12 sweetest swings in baseball today:
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Carlos Correa - SS - Astros
Correa doesn't have a prototypically beautiful, smooth swing — but his swing does share many of the same characteristics as someone who did, Alex Rodriguez. Look at how the bad goes through the zone — that's A-Rod. Correa is a high one-handed finish away from being a clone of one of the sweetest swings in baseball history. But, as you'll find out, this is an aesthetic list, so while Correa's swing is near-perfect, it's No. 12 on this list.
Wilson Ramos - C - Rays
I love watching Ramos hit — the bat stays in the zone forever, but it's not a long swing. When he's going — as he was until his untimely injury last year — there are few hitters more enamoring to watch.
Christian Yelich - CF - Marlins
Yelich is going to win a batting title with that purrty stroke. It's quick and to the point, but still as smooth as any on this list.
Kris Bryant - 3B - Cubs
It's not the cleanest stroke in the game, but that follow through — that's a signature swing, right there.
Albert Pujols - 1B - Angels
His swing has loosened up a bit in recent years, but Pujols is still one of the best hitters in baseball because of this refined and lethal stroke.
Joey Gallo - 1B - Rangers
When the big man turns on one, it's going to go. This is a thing of beauty, even if it is highly susceptible to anything that breaks.
Evan Longoria - 3B - Rays
We forget how clean this swing is because Longoria has been so good for so long. This is Evan's 10th season (and his contract runs until 2022!).
Carlos Gonzalez - RF - Rockies
CarGo modeled his swing after Ken Griffey Jr.'s, and while it's a bit more violent than The Kid's sweet dinger-hitting stroke, his has that same beautiful bat path and finish.
Buster Posey - C - Giants
Arguably the best swing in baseball, Posey can spray the ball anywhere with this compact number, which always seems to get the fat part of the bat on the ball. There's a great rhythm to Posey's stroke as well — this is the one that we should be teaching Little Leaguers.
Daniel Murphy - 2B - Nationals
It's long and has a ton of whip, but man is it smooth — and you can't argue with the results, either.
Robinson Cano - 2B - Mariners
The smoothest swings are the ones that make the batter's hands look like they are miles behind the ball at impact — creating the optical illusion that the ball sticks to the bat for a half moment. That's exactly what Cano's swing does...
Chris Davis - 1B - Orioles
... But Davis' does it at another level. The Orioles' first baseman looks like he hits in slo-mo, and yet the ball rockets off his bat. Look at how he smacks this pitch into the opposite field — that ball went 450 feet. That is one smooth swing — Ken Griffey Jr. would be proud.