ROY Wil Myers carries on the bare-handed legacy of these 8 former stars
Wil Myers rode his raw power and first-year swagger to a first-place finish in AL Rookie of the Year voting Monday, carrying on two important legacies: 1) He's the Rays' third winner since 2008 and 2) he earned that honor mostly bare-handed.
It's unclear when batting gloves first became standard gear for nearly all Major Leaguers. Some say Bobby Thompson and the New York Giants first sported them in 1949, while Hawk Harrelson claims to have bucked the trend during a game in '63. Either way, bare-handed batters have become a rarity in today's game and Myers now bears the torch previously carried by these eight notables from the last quarter-century:
George Brett never wore gloves, but he did use pine tar:
When you have a mustache like Keith Hernandez, who really cares what's on your hands?
Terry Pendleton won the NL batting title and MVP sans gloves in 1991:
Mark Grace used gloves during the cold spring months, but was otherwise all skin throughout his 16-year career:
Moises Alou had another (more interesting?) way of keeping his hands blister-free:
He crowded the plate, choked up high on the bat and got beaned 254 times during his career. No, Jason Kendall just wouldn't look right wearing gloves:
Jorge Posada copied Alou's ritual. Cool or GOO?
Vladimir Guerrero did things like this, so nobody really asked why he wasn't wearing gloves:
Along with Myers and Evan Gattis, Matt Carpenter is part of the tiny minority of players that still bat bare-handed today. Here's how he gets it done on a daily basis: