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1. As a long-time Braves fan, I have to put this guy on the top of my list. An eight-time All-Star, he was the first switch hitter in MLB history to finish his career batting over .300 and hitting 400 home runs. When he retired in 2012, only one switch hitter had totaled more runs-batted-in. Who was this third baseman who won the batting title in 2008 at .364 and was the NL MVP in 1999?
2. This switch hitter was a Brave from 1991-94 and a third baseman. He was the NL batting champion and MVP in 1991, leading Atlanta to the Braves' first World Series since 1958. Who was this former St. Louis Cardinal (1984-90) who also played with the Marlins, Reds, and Royals and who also was a coach for Atlanta from 2002 through 2016?
3. I personally think this switch hitter belongs in the Hall of Fame because of his baseball skills and how he played the game. A guy who had more hits than Ty Cobb, who was Charlie Hustle?
4. Anyone who ever saw this defensive wizard at shortstop had to be impressed. He was a 15-time All-Star and won 13 consecutive Gold Gloves. But he could handle the bat too, winning the Silver Slugger Award for shortstops in 1991. Who was this, whose uniform number 1 was retired by the Cardinals in 1996?
5. A candidate for greatest switch hitter in MLB history was an Oklahoman who played in the Bronx. Known as "the Commerce Comet," this Number 7 was a 20-time All-Star, seven-time World Series ring winner, three-time MVP, and winner of the 1956 Triple Crown. Who was this stud who replaced Joe DiMaggio in center field for the Pinstripes?
6. The 1977 Rookie of the Year played his first twelve seasons with the Baltimore Orioles, with whom he won a World Series ring in 1983. Who was this eight-time All-Star who, when he retired in 1997, had 1,917 RBI, more than any other switch hitter in history?
7. The Kansas City Royals won the 1985 World Series with help from a speedy center fielder who batted .367 for the Series. A two-time All-Star, he led the American League in stolen bases in '79 and won the batting title in '82. Who was this swift switch hitter who finished his 19-year career with two-year stints with the A's and Cubs?
8. Although this switch hitter's nickname was "Rock," he didn't play like one, winning four straight NL stolen base titles with the Montreal Expos from 1981 to 1984. He was a seven-time All-Star in Montreal before moving to New York where he played on two Yankee World Series championship teams in '96 and '98. Who was this 1986 NL batting champion and 1987 All-Star Game MVP, who set the record for steals by a rookie in 1981?
9. This switch hitter was a Cardinal outfielder for the first nine seasons and the final four of an 18-year career. He was a four-time All-Star and two-time batting champion as well as the 1985 MVP. At the time, his .353 batting average in 1985 was the second-highest ever by a switch hitter. Who was this speedster who batted .295 for his career?
10. While not a Cardinals fan, I have a soft spot for the Redbirds, who let their Hall of Fame second baseman play in Milwaukee for three plus seasons in the late Fifties. His presence in 1957 helped the Braves to their only World Series title in Wisconsin. Who was this 10-time All-Star switch hitter whose number 2 was retired by the St. Louis Cardinals?
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