These top athletes – one in each of the four main professional sports leagues, (plus two runners-up in each category) are the players that keep me interested anytime they are in action on the field, court or ice.
MLB: Mike Trout
It’s hard to argue against one of the most talented outfielders in today’s game. There’s a reason that he just won the 2014 AL Most Valuable Player, unanimously. Trout is one big highlight reel all built into one and has been since he came into the league back in 2011. His game isn’t just impressive in the batter’s box, he’s a star in the outfield too. He gets to fly balls that for most outfielders would be a 2B.
Runners-Up: Clayton Kershaw, Giancarlo Stanton
NHL: Alexander Ovechkin
He’s called Alexander “The Great” for his numerous highlight-worthy goals and his heavy slap shot. When he was drafted first overall in 2004, the NHL knew that they had a star in the making. Since then Ovechkin has scored 50+ goals five times, with 65 goals in the 07-08 season. He has been scrutinized for his defense and the fact that he hasn’t been able to lead his team past the second round of the playoffs. Criticism aside, one thing is for sure, Ovechkin has one of the scariest shots in the league.
Runners-Up: Sidney Crosby, Vladimir Tarasenko
NFL: Calvin Johnson
Calvin Johnson, or “Megatron,” has continued to impress the NFL for the last seven years. The man stands 6”5, 236lbs, makes unbelievable catches every season, and can embarrass some of the league’s best corners. The 4x Pro Bowler has the NFL record for the most receiving yards in one season (1,964) and the record for most career games with 200+ receiving yards (5). He may not have won the Super Bowl yet, but he still is one of the most entertaining player in the NFL.
Runners-Up: Marshawn Lynch, Peyton Manning
NBA: Kevin Durant
He’s the real MVP. The 2014 Most Valuable Player outlasted LeBron for the title by leading the league in points scored and field goal percentage. He’s been an all-star for five of the eight seasons he has been in the league, and the duo of Durant and Westbrook create a highlight reel on the court every night. He’s been to the NBA Finals once and is still looking for that first championship ring. One thing is for sure, the reigning MVP is already missed due to the injury before this season started.
Runners-Up: LeBron James, Blake Griffin