The Best Clutch Hitters in Baseball (2001)
1. Derek Jeter. He plays so well when the pressure is on that it makes him seem
like an underachiever during the regular season. In 61 career postseason games,
he has hit .324, with eight home runs and 21 RBIs.
2. Jason Giambi. You get the impression he could glare the bait into the seats.
In 71 at-bats in close and late situations, he is hitting .338 with four home
runs and 13 RBIs. More than that, there's just something about the way Giambi
plays that makes him seem all the more fierce.
3. Sammy Sosa. He is batting .329 with 13 home runs and 38 RBIs after the sixth
inning. He can hit pitches up and down the ladder, which comes in handy when a
pitcher is trying to avoid him.
4. Ichiro Suzuki. Remember, we're not necessarily looking for a home run hitter.
Ichiro puts the ball in play and gets on base. Once he gets there, he's a
distraction, and that helps in a tense situation.
5. Roberto Alomar. Being a switch hitter pushes Alomar to the top five--being
among the league leaders in hitting doesn't hurt, either. His switch-hitting
ability poses matchup problems for opponents, especially with Juan Gonzalez, Jim
Thome and Ellis Burks hitting behind him.
Source: The Sporting News (09/03/2001).