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Top 15 Strangest Batting Stances of All-Time

Baseball players can stand out on the diamond in a variety of ways. They can stand out by showing off a big arm, cat-like fielding reflexes, or sprinter speed running the bases. Pitches shine with blazing fastballs and nasty curve balls that fall off the table.

Batters, in their own right, want to shine with long bombs and a knack for knocking in runs - but for some hitters (including some of the best of all-time), the thing that stands out the most is their unique, strange, and sometimes downright ridiculous batting stances.

The batting stance is the beginning of anything that happens during the exchange between pitcher and batter. The at-bat won't start until the batter is set in his batting stance, and while some may think of it simply as just a way of standing before hitting a ball, a hitter's stance is important on so many levels. How quickly can he uncoil his bat when he sees a pitch he likes? Is the stance comfortable? Does it allow the batter to hit the ball as hard as he possibly can? Does it give him an mental or physical advantage over the pitcher he's facing?

Some batters might actually take all of these into account when figuring out how they want to stand in the batter's box, looking to get an edge in whatever way they possibly can - on the other hand, the hitters on this list may have been using a bit of a different strategy, notably "can I screw with the pitcher by having a ludicrous batting stance?"

That is said in jest, of course, but the batting stances on this list are legendary not only for the statistics the batters put up, but for the quirkiness of the stances these hitters lived and died by throughout their Major League careers.

15 Rickie Weeks

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14 Alex Rios

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13 Stan Musial

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12 Mickey Tettleton

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11 Tony Batista

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10 Phil Plantier

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9 Julio Franco

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8 Aaron Rowand

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7 Jeff Bagwell

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6 Ichiro Suzuki

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5 Rod Carew

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4 Craig Counsell

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3 Moises Alou

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2 Kevin Youkilis

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1 Gary Sheffield

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While Gary Sheffield had one of the strangest batting stances of all-time, his was one of the most enjoyable to watch and imitate. It was also pretty cool, as strange as it was. Sheffield's wild swinging of the bat back and forth above his head must have gotten annoying for pitchers, but when he connected with the ball, the whole act was a thing of beauty. When he whiffed, he looked like a fool, but overall it was definitely worth it. Regardless of how you view Sheffield's stance, one thing is for certain - it was incredibly strange.

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