Everybody loves rocking their favorite MLB player’s jersey, but there are some guys you just feel special when supporting. There are some MLB players that are genuinely disliked league-wide, but then there are the good guys that will be highlighted in this article.
For once in life, nice guys will not finish last. World Series rings and MVP awards are cool and all, but the real prize is making it onto this list. Let’s take a look at some of the most likable MLB players in 2022.
No. 5, Julio Rodriguez
The casual MLB fan may not have heard of Julio Rodriguez until the Home Run Derby, but after that point, everyone loved him. How can you not love a young stud who hits the long ball?
Rodriguez was a key factor in leading the Seattle Mariners back to the playoffs after over a 20-year drought. The 21-year-old captured the hearts of MLB fans and changed history in just his first season. It is a shame he could not conquer the Houston Astros in the ALDS, but there is a lot more playoff games coming to Seattle.
No. 4, Freddie Freeman
You might have been able to guess that Freddie Freeman is one of the most likable guys in all of baseball. His smile, his genuine attitude and his great skill made this a given. He was docked points when he left for the Los Angeles Dodgers, but he quickly bounced back into the top five when he spoke about his agent betraying him.
We’ve all seen the video of Freeman on Halloween when he sees a kid dressed up as him, and that just shows how wholesome the All-Star is. I would not even be that mad if Freeman hit a walk-off home run against my favorite team.
No. 3, Mike Trout
Mike Trout is one of the most well-liked athletes across all sports. He came onto the scene in 2011 and quickly took the world by storm. Trout is a nice guy and a stud on both sides of the ball. Can you believe he has been in the big leagues for over 10 years now?
The man named after a fish has had some injury battles, and nobody wants to see a guy like Trout hurt. It sucks he plays for the Los Angeles Angels, but it would be awesome to see Trout lead the team to the playoffs. Let’s hope the loveable outfielder can stay healthy heading into 2023 because he ended 2022 on a high note.
No. 2, Albert Pujols
If you are anybody but a Chicago Cubs fan, you love Albert Pujols. Everyone across the globe was rooting for the All-Star to get to 700 career home runs, and he finally did it. Ironically, in his last-ever at-bat at Wrigley Field, Pujols hit a home run. Even Cubs fans were standing up and clapping for him. That says a lot about the respect that Pujols garnered in 2022.
Early in the 2022 season, everyone rooted for Pujols, but the production was not really there. Flash forward to the Home Run Derby rejuvenating the 42-year-old, and boom, something clicks. The rest is history, and we all hope Pujols enjoys a pleasant retirement.
No. 1, Shohei Ohtani
If you did not think Shohei Ohtani was going to be on this list, you must not watch baseball. We are watching the Babe Ruth of our era play. The crazy thing, however, is that he is even better!
Ohtani is backed by not only his entire home country of Japan but the entire world. He is the most fascinating player in MLB and very humble as well. Ohtani outworks everyone and has earned everything in his career. Kids around the world want to grow up to be like Ohtani, and it means so much more that he is also a very good guy.
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