Can You Identify These MLB Players If We Give Them Baseballs for Eyes?

By: Gavin Thagard

Can You Identify These MLB Players If We Give Them Baseballs for Eyes?
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About This Quiz

Baseball fans, set down the popcorn and soda pop because we are bringing you a quiz with an entirely new twist on baseball player identification. Will you be able to tell who these MLB stars are when we cover their eyes with baseballs, or will you find out that you really need those baby blues to remember who each player is? 

Baseball has been America's favorite pastime for over 100 years, and the sport has constantly reinvented itself throughout the decades to attract more fans and make the game more appealing. To keep up with the evolution of baseball, we decided to reinvent the way we quiz you on your favorite players around the league. 

From the Red Sox and their World Series-winning roster to stars who recently signed some of the biggest contracts in sports history in other markets, this quiz covers just about every popular player you could imagine, including some who recently called it quits. Do you believe you will know them all: the established veterans, talented young stars and future Hall of Famers in the prime of their careers? 

When you're ready to step up to the plate, get started and see if you are going to strike out or send a home run over the back fence.

Aaron Judge This power hitter is a danger to send a ball out the park during any at bat. Who is he?
Aaron Judge
Aaron Judge proved his worth in the Majors during his first year in the league. After sending a rookie record 52 balls into the far stands, Judge was named the AL Rookie of the Year.
Mike Trout
Jose Altuve
Miguel Cabrera

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Mike Trout You might recognize which player shown here for signing the biggest contract in baseball history?
Giancarlo Stanton
Joey Votto
Clayton Kershaw
Mike Trout
Though he was already an established star, Mike Trout had his first MVP season in 2014. That year, Trout's strikeout total went up, but he had an exceptional overall season, which included 36 home runs, 16 stolen bases and 115 runs scored.

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Jose Altuve Are you familiar with this undersized slugger for the Houston Astros?
Miguel Cabrera
Albert Pujols
Jose Altuve
2017 was an incredible year for Jose Altuve in terms of career accomplishments. Not only did he win his first World Series title, but he was also named the AP Athlete of the Year, the AL MVP and won an AL batting championship.
Mookie Betts

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Derek Jeter What's the name of this former star who became part owner of the Miami Marlins after he retired?
Alex Rodriguez
Derek Jeter
Derek Jeter put together a Hall of Fame career as he established himself as the leader of a Yankees dynasty that won five World Series. During that run, Jeter had his best performance in the 2000 World Series, where he was named the MVP of the series.
Barry Bonds
Ken Griffey Jr.

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Bryce Harper Do you know this star who signed with the Philadelphia Phillies prior to the 2019 season?
Joey Votto
Bryce Harper
Bryce Harper was selected in the 2010 MLB draft with the first overall pick by the Washington Nationals. It took Harper less than two years to make his MLB debut when he took the field on April 28, 2012.
Justin Verlander
Jacob deGrom

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Clayton Kershaw One of the best pitchers in the league, which player is this?
Justin Verlander
Max Scherzer
Zack Greinke
Clayton Kershaw
Playing against the Colorado Rockies in 2014, Clayton Kershaw threw the only no-hitter of his career. He would have thrown a perfect game had there not been a single error in the seventh inning of the game.

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Miguel Cabrera Can you identify this MLB veteran who made his debut in 2003?
Albert Pujols
Nelson Cruz
Miguel Cabrera
Miguel Cabrera achieved a Triple Crown in 2012 when he led the American League in batting average, home runs and runs batted in. For his accomplishment, Cabrera was awarded the first of back to back AL MVP awards.
Manny Machado

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Robinson Cano Does this second baseman for the New York Mets have a familiar face?
Robinson Cano
Robinson Cano started his professional career with the New York Yankees, where he remained through the 2013 season. The Yankees attempted to keep him on their squad but were outbid by the Seattle Mariners, who offered Cano a 10-year contract.
Christian Yelich
Freddie Freeman
Buster Posey

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Barry Bonds Few MLB legends had the same hitting power as which player depicted here?
Albert Pujols
Hank Aaron
Barry Bonds
Barry Bonds currently holds the MLB record for home runs in a career with 762 homers. However, that record is shrouded in controversy because of Bonds' association with steroids, which might keep him out of the Hall of Fame.
Ken Griffey Jr.

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Zach Greinke Who is this pitcher that's been around long enough to win five Gold Glove Awards?
David Price
Max Scherzer
Jake Arrieta
Zach Greinke
Zach Greinke didn't turn into a defensive standout until the latter part of his career. However, as he approached 30, he upped his defensive performance and became one of the best fielders from the pitcher position.

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Giancarlo Stanton Currently signed with the New York Yankees, which player do you see here?
Giancarlo Stanton
There aren't many players in MLB who can hit home runs quite like Giancarlo Stanton, which was why the Yankees became so dangerous when he was paired with Aaron Judge. Prior to joining the Yankees, Stanton led the National League in home runs twice.
Nelson Cruz
Mookie Betts
Nolan Arenado

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Albert Pujols Are you able to identify this veteran, who has achieved just about every accomplishment a player can?
Freddie Freeman
Albert Pujols
Though he's still playing at 39 years old, Albert Pujols has already established a career that will put him beside the all-time greats of the game. He's a three-time NL MVP, 10-time All-Star and has won two World Series. If that's not legendary, then what is?
Nelson Cruz
Manny Machado

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Christian Yelich How familiar are you with this right fielder?
Justin Upton
Justin Verlander
Jacob deGrom
Christian Yelich
Making his MLB debut in 2013, Christian Yelich had a few decent seasons with the Miami Marlins before they traded him to the Milwaukee Brewers in 2018. In his first season with the Brewers, Yelich made his first All-Star game and was also named the NL MVP.

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Joey Votto Do you recognize this player who has played his entire career with the Cincinnati Reds?
Joey Votto
Born in Ontario, Canada, Joey Votto was honored through his home country by being awarded the Tip O'Neill Award seven times. Only one Canadian athlete, Larry Walker, has won the award more than Votto.
Mookie Betts
Buster Posey
Felix Hernandez

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Ken Griffey Jr. Nicknamed "The Kid," what's the name of this former center fielder?
Sammy Sosa
Ken Griffey Jr.
Ken Griffey Jr. had the privilege of playing beside his father on the Seattle Mariners when he first joined MLB in 1989. While his father was a great player in the league, Griffey surpassed him in just about every accomplishment other than World Series titles.
Willie Mays
Alex Rodriguez

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Jacob deGrom Is this former NL Rookie of the Year a player you recognize?
Justin Verlander
David Price
Jacob deGrom
In 2010, Jacob deGrom suffered a devastating UCL tear in his pitching elbow while he was playing in the minors, which slowed his progression. However, he made a comeback and finally reached the majors in 2014.
Chris Sale

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Mookie Betts Have you been keeping up with baseball well enough to identify this young star?
Dustin Pedroia
Mookie Betts
After making his third All-Star game in 2018, Mookie Betts continued his stellar season by leading the Boston Red Sox to a World Series championship. That year, he also earned the AL MPV, a Golden Glove Award and a Silver Slugger Award.
Manny Machado
Nolan Arenado

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Nelson Cruz Can you name this once-undrafted free agent?
Nelson Cruz
Nelson Cruz was an instrumental part of the Texas Rangers' 2011 run at a World Series. He was named the MVP of the ALCS after the Rangers defeated the Detroit Tigers, but his team lost to the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series.
Justin Upton
Ryan Braun
Josh Donaldson

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Freddie Freeman Which three-time All-Star do you see here?
Paul Goldschmidt
Felix Hernandez
Buster Posey
Freddie Freeman
Freddie Freeman's rookie season saw him competing directly against teammate Craig Kimbrel for the NL Rookie of the Year award. Kimbrel won the award, but Freeman came in a close second.

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Manny Machado If you were starting a team, you'd probably put which player depicted in this image on your team?
Dustin Pedroia
Cody Bellinger
Manny Machado
Making his first appearance in MLB on Aug. 9, 2012, Manny Machado went to the playoffs that same season with the Baltimore Orioles. Playing against the New York Yankees, Machado hit his first postseason home run in Game 3 of the ALDS.
Ryan Braun

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Buster Posey What's the name of this player who came back from a horrible injury in 2012?
Buster Posey
Buster Posey was the catcher for Matt Cain when he threw a perfect game on June 13, 2012. The game saw Cain strike out 14 batters, which is tied for the most all-time in a perfect game.
Max Scherzer
John Donaldson
Yadier Molina

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Dustin Pedroia How well do you know this two-time World Series winner?
Carlos Correa
Nolan Arenado
Andrew McCutchen
Dustin Pedroia
Inspired by winning a World Series title during his rookie season in 2007, Dustin Pedroia had one of the best seasons of his career in 2008. That year, he made his first All-Star game and was named the AL MVP.

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Andrew McCutchen Are you familiar with this MVP-caliber player?
Josh Donaldson
Andrew McCutchen
Before the 2005 MLB draft, Andrew McCutchen committed to play for the University of Florida. However, after he was drafted with the 11th pick and offered a $1.9 million signing bonus, McCutchen decided to withdraw his commitment and go to the pros.
Troy Tulowitzki
Ryan Braun

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Cal Ripken Jr. This retired legend was nicknamed "The Iron Man." Who is he?
Joe DiMaggio
Mark McGwire
Cal Ripken Jr.
From May 30, 1982, until Sept. 19, 1998, Cal Ripken Jr. played 2,632 straight games, an MLB record. Surprising many, Ripken decided to end the record himself rather than have an injury take it from him.
Pete Rose

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Felix Hernandez Do you know the name of this longtime pitcher for the Seattle Mariners?
Max Scherzer
Gerrit Cole
Chris Sale
Felix Hernandez
Felix Hernandez became such a popular player for the Seattle Mariners that he was awarded a special cheering section at Safeco Field. The section is known as "King's Court," and fans are given "King Felix" T-shirts.

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Cody Bellinger You'll be hard-pressed to find a young star as good as which player shown here?
Justin Upton
Cody Bellinger
In his first season, Cody Bellinger not only earned the NL Rookie of the Year award for his play, but he was also selected to his first All-Star game. His stellar season included a hit for the cycle where he hit a single, double, triple and home run in a game.
David Price
Trevor Story

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Carlos Correa Is this Puerto Rican-born MLB player familiar to you?
Carlos Correa
Carlos Correa competed with the Houston Astros in the 2017 World Series. In a hard-fought series that went back and forth, the Astros defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers in seven games.
Aaron Nola
Blake Snell
Matt Chapman

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Alex Rodriguez Were you watching baseball when this slugger was on the field?
Tony Gwynn
Rickey Henderson
Alex Rodriguez
As controversy followed him during his final few seasons in MLB, Alex Rodriguez decided to finally call it quits in 2016. After leaving the field as a player, Rodriguez started a career as a media personality.
Roger Clemens

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Nolan Arenado Can you identify this high-level defensive talent?
Mitch Haniger
Nolan Arenado
A testament to his talent on defense, Nolan Arenado has earned a Gold Glove Award every season he has been in the majors. The Colorado Rockies standout also won three straight Wilson Defensive Player of the Year Awards.
J.T. Realmuto
George Springer

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Ichiro Suzuki Which member of the 3,000-hit club is this?
Pete Rose
Stan Musial
Ichiro Suzuki
In the Seattle Mariners' first game of 2019, Ichiro Suzuki started in right field at the age of 45. He played again the next night, but it was the final game of his career, as he announced his retirement later that day.
Eddie Murray

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Ryan Braun What's the name of this outfielder who exploded into MLB his first few seasons?
Ryan Braun
Ryan Braun was yet another player caught up in the steroid scandal that has hurt the game of baseball over the years. He used the drugs during his 2011 MVP season but wasn't suspended until halfway through the 2013 season.
Josh Donaldson
Anthony Rizzo
Trevor Story

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Max Scherzer Few pitchers have been as great over the past decade as which one depicted in this image?
Gerrit Cole
Luis Severino
Josh Hader
Max Scherzer
Four times throughout his career, Max Scherzer has been the MLB wins leader, including the 2018 season. He also led the National League in strikeouts for three straight seasons from 2016 until 2018.

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Josh Donaldson Have you seen enough baseball to identify this third baseman?
Josh Donaldson
Before his MLB career began, Josh Donaldson played college baseball at Auburn University, where he spent time at both third base and catcher. After leaving college in 2007, he was drafted by the Chicago Cubs with the 48th pick.
Matt Olson
Khris Davis
Walker Buehler

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David Price Are you able to name this player coming off a World Series title?
David Peralta
Stephen Strasburg
Blake Treinen
David Price
David Price was forced to miss large segments of the 2017 season due to an elbow injury that affected his pitching. He returned to form in 2018, earning the honor of AL Comeback Player of the Year.

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Paul Goldschmidt How familiar are you with this player who made his MLB debut in 2011?
Blake Treinen
Patrick Corbin
Paul Goldschmidt
Paul Goldschmidt was added to the St. Louis Cardinals' roster prior to the 2019 season after being traded from the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Cardinals quickly secured him longterm by adding five years to his contract.
Aaron Hicks

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Troy Tulowitzki One of the best shortstops in the game, what's this player's name?
Sean Doolittle
Troy Tulowitzki
Troy Tulowitzki achieved one of the rarest feats in baseball when he turned an unassisted triple play on April 27, 2007, against the Atlanta Braves. He performed the feat after catching a line drive before touching second base and tagging a runner out.
Kenley Jansen
Ozzie Albies

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Yadier Molina Do you recognize this two-time member of the All-World Baseball Classic Team?
Jesus Aguilar
Michael Conforto
Yadier Molina
Yadier Molina has been part of two World Series championships, both with the St. Louis Cardinals. He won his first title in 2006 in a five-game series against the Detroit Tigers and his second title in 2011 in a seven-game series against the Texas Rangers.
Brandon Nimmo

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Randy Johnson You'll have to think back if you want to identify which player shown here?
Tom Weaver
Greg Maddux
Roger Clemens
Randy Johnson
When discussing the greatest pitchers of all time, Randy Johnson's name comes up over and over and for good reason. "The Big Unit," as he was called, won five Cy Young Awards, a World Series MVP, pitched a perfect game and earned a Triple Crown.

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Ben Zobrist Who is this All-Star often referred to as a utility player?
Anthony Rizzo
Ben Zobrist
In his second of back-to-back World Series titles, Ben Zobrist was named the 2016 World Series MVP after helping the Chicago Cubs defeat the Cleveland Indians in seven games. The victory gave the Cubs their first title since 1908, which was the longest championship drought in MLB.
George Springer
Charlie Blackmon

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Juan Soto Can you name this player who signed with the Washington Nationals as an international free agent?
Juan Soto
When Juan Soto made his MLB debut on May 20, 2018, as a pinch hitter, he was the youngest player in MLB at 19 years old. He started the next game, where he became the youngest player in Washington Nationals history to hit a home run.
Mitch Haniger
J.T. Realmuto
Ronald Acuna Jr.

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