Can You Identify These Famous MLB Players From the 2010s?

By: Kale Havervold
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Can You Identify These Famous MLB Players From the 2010s?
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About This Quiz

The MLB had a lot to offer its fans throughout the 2010s. There was no shortage of amazing moments, clutch performances and legendary teams. Whether it was the Chicago Cubs winning their first World Series in over 100 years, or the Cleveland Indians 22-game winning streak, there was a lot for baseball fans to celebrate.

However, it was the MLB players themselves that stole the hearts of millions of Americans and people around the world. We witnessed some of the best hitters, pitchers and defenders of all time during the 2010s. How much do you know about these players, and can you identify them? Do you know which player hit for the Triple Crown in 2012? How about which pitcher won a Cy Young in both the NL and AL during the decade?

If you want to prove your knowledge of the best MLB players of the last decade or want to learn more about these superstars, this is the quiz for you. Without any further ado, put on your batters helmet, step in the box and get ready to go head to head with our quiz all about the most famous MLB players of the 2010s.


Clayton Kershaw This pitcher won two straight NL Cy Young awards in 2013 and 2014. Who is he?
Homer Bailey
Clayton Kershaw
There have been many great pitchers throughout the 2010s, but few (if any) have been better than Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Kershaw has won 3 Cy Young awards and has appeared in the All-Star Game eight times.
Matt Cain
Tim Lincecum

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Andrew McCutchen Who is this talented hitter who went to 5 straight All-Star Games as a member of the Pittsburgh Pirates?
David Freese
Josh Bell
Andrew McCutchen
While he's bounced around to a few teams in recent years, Andrew McCutchen is as talented a hitter as any. He hit with power, hit for a good average and is a former NL MVP, as well.
Billy Hamilton

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Mike Trout Many believe this player is not only the best player of the 2010s but could end up being the best ever. Who is he?
David Hernandez
Mike Trout
Mike Trout is as close to a perfect player as you can get. He's made the All-Star Game in every season of his career and has finished top five in MVP voting in every season as well, winning it twice so far.
Alex Rodriguez
Alex Gordon

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Troy Tulowitzki This player was arguably the hardest hitting shortstop of the early 2010s. Who is he?
Alfonso Soriano
Brett Gardener
Jose Iglesias
Troy Tulowitzki
Shortstops normally don't hit a lot of long balls, but Troy Tulowitzki wasn't a normal shortstop. He hit over 20 home runs in seven different seasons and made five All-Star Games this last decade.

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Jose Bautista This player was best known for his time with the Blue Jays and for hitting home runs. Who is he?
Darwin Barney
Marcus Stroman
Jose Bautista
While he was in the league for a few seasons before joining the Blue Jays, it was his 2010 season with 54 home runs that turned him into a star. From there, he had many more great seasons for the Blue Jays, regularly hitting over 30 homers.
Alex Rios

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Chris Sale Very few pitchers throw as many strikeouts as this ace. What is his name?
Sony Gray
Chris Sale
Whether he has played on the White Sox or the Red Sox, Chris Sale has been among the best pitchers of the 2010s. He has had a winning record in all but two of his seasons as a full-time starter and has thrown over 200 strikeouts in nearly every season of his career.
Jon Lester
Jake Arrieta

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Joey Votto This player has been one of the most consistent hitters of the last decade and has spent his entire career with the Reds. Who is he?
Joey Votto
Ever since he came into the league, Joey Votto has been incredibly consistent. He has had over 20 home runs in nearly every full season he has played and he's always among the league leaders in OBP and walks.
Brandon Phillips
Matt Kemp
Jayson Werth

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Evan Longoria After spending the first near-decade of his career with the Tampa Bay Rays, this player moved on to the San Francisco Giants. Who is it?
Pablo Sandoval
Carl Crawford
Evan Longoria
Evan Longoria burst onto the scene in the majors, being named an All-Star during his first three seasons. While he's slowed down, he has still been amongst the most consistent and trusted players throughout the 2010s.
Wil Myers

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Dustin Pedroia Who is this player who was well known for getting a lot of hits and hitting for a high average during his tenure with the Boston Red Sox?
Christian Yelich
Charlie Blackmon
Carlos Gonzalez
Dustin Pedroia
Dustin Pedroia spent his entire 14-year career with the Red Sox. During his career, he regularly hit nearly or over 200 hits a season with averages almost always at right around .300. Pedroia was also known for his incredible leadership.

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Joe Mauer This catcher was the face of the Minnesota Twins during the 2010s and a former MVP. Who is he?
Brian Dozier
Joe Mauer
Joe Mauer will certainly go down as one of the best Minnesota Twins ever. He spent his whole 15-year career there, heading to the All-Star game six times. In a position where many players hit for low averages, Mauer broke the mold by hitting over .300 for most of his career.
Nick Senzel
Byron Buxton

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Ryan Braun Who is this power hitter who is still playing well during his 13th season with the Milwaukee Brewers?
Ryan Braun
While he has slowed down in the latter half of the 2010s a little, Ryan Braun was one of the best power hitters in the big leagues during the early 2010s. He regularly had over 25 homers and around 100 RBIs, with solid averages to boot.
Jon Jay
Ben Zobrist
Michael Brantley

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Giancarlo Stanton If you needed home runs over the last decade, this current Yankees player is the guy you would call. Who is he?
Aaron Hicks
Brett Gardener
Gary Sanchez
Giancarlo Stanton
Giancarlo Stanton has been one of the biggest stars and hardest hitters of the 2010s. Despite rarely playing a full MLB season, he regularly puts up near or over 30 home runs every season. In 2017, he hit 59 home runs, the most in a season since 2001.

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Edwin Encarnacion This man is one of the most underrated power hitters of all time. What is his name?
Jose Tabata
Ian Desmond
Ian Kinsler
Edwin Encarnacion
While he might not get as much attention as other power hitters of the 2010s, he certainly deserves to. Encarnacion hit over 30 homers in each season from 2012 to 2018, along with over 100 RBI in all but one.

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Adrian Beltre While he entered the league in 1998, most of this player's best seasons came in the 2010s. Who is he?
Brett Boone
Adrian Beltre
Adrian Beltre joined the MLB back in 1998 and had good seasons in the 2000s but hit his stride in the 2010s. His average improved significantly during that decade, without losing any of his power.
Brett Boone
Adam Dunn

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Madison Bumgarner This pitcher is one of the most clutch of all time, and the only pitcher to win the World Series MVP in the 2010s. What is his name?
Johnny Cueto
Edson Volquez
Dylan Bundy
Madison Bumgarner
While he has been solid in the regular season, the place where Madison Bumgarner truly shines is during the playoffs. Bumgarner helped lead the San Francisco Giants to a World Series win in 2014, where he allowed only one run in 21 pitched innings during the World Series.

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Craig Kimbrel What is the name of this closing pitcher who has been the best at the position for the better part of the 2010s?
Craig Kimbrel
After coming into the league in 2010, Craig Kimbrel has arguably been the best closer in baseball most years. He made seven All-Star games, regularly had an ERA under two and often had seasons with more than 40 saves.
Aroldis Chapman
Rollie Fingers
Brad Hand

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Robinson Cano Who is this second baseman who regularly finished in the top five for MVP voting throughout the 2010s?
Derek Dietrich
Robinson Cano
Robinson Cano currently plays for the Mets but is known more for his time with the Yankees and Mariners. He made seven All-Star Games in the 2010s and is a rare combination of contact, power and defense.
Andruw Jones
Javier Baez

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Justin Verlander This pitcher made All-Star Games in both the 2000s and the 2010s. Who is he?
Bruce Chen
Ubaldo Jimenez
Justin Verlander
During the early 2010s, Verlander was among the best pitchers in baseball and was pitching a ton of innings. However, once he moved to the Houston Astors, he seemed to get even better with age, as he's made two straight All-Star Game appearances.
Ricky Romero

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Jose Altuve Despite only being 5'6", this player has become one of the best in the MLB over the course of the 2010s. What is his name?
Aaron Judge
C.C. Sabathia
Khris Davis
Jose Altuve
From his first full season in 2012, you could see Jose Altuve was a star in the making. He's one of the best hitters in baseball and led the American League in hits from 2014-2017, while also being the batting-average leader in two of those seasons.

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Felix Hernandez Who is this pitcher that made five straight All-Star Game appearances from 2011-2015?
Yu Darvish
Felix Hernandez
King Felix was without a doubt one of the premier pitchers of the 2010s. He could do it all on the mound. He would strike out a ton of batters, not allow a lot of runs and stayed quite healthy throughout his career despite high usage.
Luis Castillo
Bronson Arroyo

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Max Scherzer Only six pitchers have ever won both an NL and AL Cy Young award, and this pitcher is one of them. Who is he?
Max Scherzer
It's hard to find a more accomplished pitcher of the 2010s than Max Scherzer. In addition to winning 3 Cy Young Awards, he also has made seven straight All-Star appearances and led the National League in strikeouts each of the last four seasons.
Adam Wainwright
Doug Fister
Phil Hughes

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Nolan Arenado What is the name of this NL hitter who has finished in the top 10 in MVP voting nearly every season he has played?
Eugenio Suarez
Wilson Contreras
Starling Marte
Nolan Arenado
Despite only coming into the league in 2013, there is no doubting Arenado isn't among the best and most famous players of the 2010s. He's a perennial MVP candidate because of his high average, along with his impressive home run and RBI numbers.

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Bryce Harper Who is this player that recently signed the largest free agent contract in MLB history?
J.D. Martinez
Yoenis Cespedes
Jon Lester
Bryce Harper
Fresh off of a 13-year, $330-million-dollar contract, Bryce Harper without a doubt is one of the most famous players of the 2010s. Not only is he famous, but he's also very talented. He has only missed the All-Star Game twice and has put up impressive hitting numbers for his entire career.

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Albert Pujols This hitter is currently sixth all-time in home runs as of mid-2019. What is his name?
Albert Pujols
No active player has hit more home runs than Albert Pujols. After a fantastic career in St. Louis from 2001-2011, Albert Pujols moved to the Los Angeles Angels, and while his batting average has fallen, he still retains a lot of power in his swing, even at almost 40 years old.
Chris Davis
Curtis Granderson
Hunter Pence

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Miguel Cabrera Who has been the only player to hit for the Triple Crown in the last 50+ years?
Miguel Cabrera
Miguel Cabrera has been playing unbelievable baseball for almost 20 years. After a great end to 2000s, he only got better in the 2010s, winning back to back MVPs in 2012 and 2013, including the aforementioned Triple Crown in 2012.
Carlos Correa
Evan Gattis
Elvis Andrus

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Corey Kluber This hard-throwing pitcher regularly sits among the MLB lead in wins. Who is he?
Corey Kluber
Outside of a rough 2015 and a slow start to 2019, Corey Kluber has been lights out. He has gotten 18 wins or more four of the last six seasons and finished top three in Cy Young voting in 2016, 2017 and 2018.
Michael Fulmer
J.A. Happ
Aaron Sanchez

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David Ortiz What is the real name of this player widely known as "Big Papi"?
Todd Helton
Manny Ramirez
David Ortiz
Despite only playing until 2016, there's no doubting David Ortiz was among the most famous and talented players of the 2010s. He made four straight All-Star Games to begin the decade and had 38 home runs and 127 RBI during his final season at age 40.
Derek Jeter

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Freddie Freeman This slugger has been one of the best players on the Braves for a decade. What is his name?
Anthony Rendon
Josh Harrison
Yasiel Puig
Freddie Freeman
While he might not blow your socks off, you can't deny the consistency of Freddie Freeman. He's hit around 20 home runs (or more) in every season of his career, while maintaining a better-than-average batting average, as well.

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Cole Hamels Despite his amazing advanced stats, this pitcher has never finished in the top 3 of Cy Young voting. Who is he?
Jon Lester
Zach Greinke
Dallas Keuchel
Cole Hamels
While his numbers and accolades might not jump off the page at you, it would be tough to find a more consistent pitcher throughout the 2010s than Cole Hamels. His ERA is rarely ever above four, and advanced stats like WAR (wins above replacement) love him.

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Buster Posey Who is this catcher for the San Francisco Giants who is a three-time World Series champion?
J.T. Realmuto
Buster Posey
Along with being a three-time World Series champion, Buster Posey is also a former NL MVP and made six All-Star teams and four straight from 2015-2018. While he wasn't a huge home-run hitter, he always hit for a high average and drove a lot of batters in.
Russell Martin
Devin Mesoraco

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Justin Upton What is the name of this player who played on five different teams during the 2010s?
Fransico Lindor
George Springer
Marwin Gonzalez
Justin Upton
Despite moving around a lot during the decade, there's no doubting Justin Upton is criminally underrated by some. His average wasn't always the best, but you can't deny his power. Add his defensive skills to the mix and you have a very solid player with many years still ahead of him.

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Nelson Cruz This Dominican-born slugger just gets better with age. What is his name?
Nelson Cruz
While most players get worse with age, that isn't the case with Nelson Cruz. His best seasons came after he was 30, and he's still playing well at almost 40. In particular, he is a power hitter who has hit over 35 home runs in each of his last five seasons.
Pedro Alvarez
Erick Aybar
Starlin Castro

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Jon Lester Who is this pitcher who had impressive stints in both the AL and the NL in the 2010s?
Homer Bailey
Jon Lester
Jon Lester began his career with the Red Sox and had a winning record almost every season. Once moving to the Cubs, this continued. He had the most wins of all NL pitchers during the 2018 season and has appeared in five All-Star Games.
Mariano Rivera
Marcus Stroman

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Manny Machado This five-tool player recently joined the San Diego Padres on a massive $300 million contract. What is his name?
Manny Machado
Players that can throw, play defense and hit with both power and contact are rare, but Manny Machado is one of those players. He has had over 30 home runs in every full season since 2015 and has also taken home multiple Gold Glove Awards.
Eric Hosmer
Mookie Betts
Salvador Perez

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Zach Greinke Since turning 30, this pitcher has made five All-Star Games. Who is he?
Mike Soroka
Sonny Gray
Zach Greinke
Zach Greinke has been playing since 2004, but it wasn't until his move to the Dodgers (and later the Diamondbacks) that he began to light up the MLB. Since then, he has made all but one All-Star Game, has had over 13 wins every season and finished high in voting for the Cy Young numerous times.
Hyun-Jin Ryu

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Adam Jones After a decade-plus with the Orioles, this player is now signed with the Diamondbacks. What's his name?
Bruce Chen
Adam Jones
During his time with the Orioles, Adam Jones had an amazing decade during the 2010s. He hit well across the board, got four Gold Glove Awards and made four straight All-Star Games in the decade.
Trey Mancini
Mark Trumbo

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Yadier Molina Who is this legendary catcher who has remained with the St. Louis Cardinals for his entire 16-year career?
Kurt Suzuki
Tucker Barnhart
Yan Gomes
Yadier Molina
Not only has Yadier Molina's tenure in St. Louis been long but also very successful. He has made nine All-Star Games (eight in the 2010s), as well as taking home numerous Gold Glove Awards and winning not one but two World Series'.

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David Price This pitcher was an instrumental part of the Red Sox World Series win in 2018. Who is he?
Luis Castillo
David Price
While his best seasons came at the start of the decade (he was an All-Star from 2010-2015), David Price has been able to prove time and time again that he is still a dangerous pitcher. He hasn't had a losing record on the mound since 2011.
David Wells
Michael Lorenzen

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Prince Fielder Very few hitters were able to drive in runners like this slugger who retired in 2016. What is his name?
Prince Fielder
Despite retiring in 2016, Prince Fielder is without a doubt one of the best and most famous players of the last decade. He regularly drove in over 100 batters, went to four All-Star Games in the decade and could hit with power as well.
Barry Bonds
Ichiro Suzuki
Ken Griffey Jr.

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Paul Goldschmidt What's the name of this player who has consistently been one of the best all-around players this decade?
Adam Dunn
Paul Goldschmidt
Whether it's playing defense at a high level or hitting the ball hard and often, Paul Goldschmidt can do it all. He made six straight All-Star Games from 2013 to 2018, putting up over 20 or 30 home runs most of those years.
Dee Gordon
Brett Lawrie

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