MLB is the oldest major professional sports league, and today we are looking at some of the biggest MLB players in sports history!
Currently, the league has 30 teams, of which 15 teams are in the National League (NL), and 15 are in the American League (AL.) Over the years, many great players have graced the sports league.
Likewise, we have seen some giant players take on sports over the years. As a result, we have prepared a top list of the ten biggest MLB players.
Being the biggest player may make the fans question the player’s athleticism. However, contrary to fact, some of these biggest players have demonstrated great athleticism and skill on the field.
Similarly, the players on our list have proved their ability and successful careers in the MLB.
We are taking their weight as a reference and ranking them accordingly. So please stick with us till the end to know which player is the biggest in the major league!
Let us peek at the overall rankings of our list before we dive into the full details of the players.
|10. Carlos Lee||275 lbs.|
|9. Prince Fielder||275 lbs.|
|8. Jose Ceda||280 lbs.|
|7. Calvin Pickering||283 lbs.|
|6. Jonathan Broxton||285 lbs.|
|5. Bartolo Colon||285 lbs.|
|4. Dmitri Young||295 lbs.|
|3. Jumbo Brown||295 lbs.|
|2. CC Sabathia||300 lbs.|
|1. Walter Young||320 lbs.|
Ten Biggest MLB Players
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10. Carlos Lee
Weight: 275 lbs.
The first player on our list is former Panamanian professional baseball player Carlos Lee. He is a 46 year-old former player who played in the first baseman and left fielder position in the MLB.
Nicknamed “El Caballo,” the Chicago White Sox signed him, and Lee made his MLB debut on May 7, 1999. He made a successful debut and hit a home run in his first MLB at-bat. After the 2004 season, the White Sox traded him to the Milwaukee Brewers.
During his professional MLB career, Lee played for five major league teams. Aside from White Sox and Milwaukee, he played for the Texas Rangers, Houston Astros, and Miami Marlins.
Some of his notable career highlight wins include All-Star three times and Silver Slugger Award two times. Similarly, Lee also won 17 career Grand Slams, the seventh most in MLB history.
His seven Grand Slams hit is the Astros’ club record. As one of the biggest MLB players, Lee’s MLB record was a .285 batting average, 2,273 hits, 358 home runs, and 1,363 runs batted in at the time of his retirement.
9. Prince Fielder
Weight: 275 lbs.
On number 9, of the biggest MLB players, we have 275 lbs, Prince Fielder. He is a 38 year-old former American professional baseballer.
Fielder played in the position of the first baseball and designated hitter in major leagues. The Milwaukee Brewers drafted him in the first round as the seventh overall selection of the 2002 MLB Draft.
On June 13, 2005, Fielder made his MLB debut with the Brewers. From 2005 to 2011, he was with the Brewers, after which he became a free agent. In 2012, the Detroit Tigers signed a nine-year, $214 million contract.
However, on November 20, 2013, the Tigers traded him to the Texas Rangers. He played with the Rangers until 2017, after which he was released, and his career in MLB also ended.
Fielder holds the Milwaukee team record for home runs and RBI in a season and is the youngest player in NL history to hit 50 home runs in a season. Likewise, he is six times All-Star, three times Silver Slugger, and a 2007 NL Hank Aaron Award winner.
At his retirement, Fielder had the MLB statistics of a .283 batting average, 319 home runs, and 1,028 runs batted in.
8. Jose Ceda
Weight: 280 lbs.
Jose Ceda is a 35 year-old former Dominican baseball player. He had a very brief professional career in MLB, which lasted from 2010 to 2011, and is on number 8 of our list.
However, Ceda started his professional career in the San Diego Padres organization. He played as a right-handed pitcher for the Padres’ Dominican Sumer League team in 2005.
The following year on July 31, the Padres traded him to the Chicago Cubs. The Cubs later traded Ceda to the Florida Marlins on November 13, 2008. Finally, he made his MLB debut on September 6, 2010.
Although Ceda gained some infamy, he had to undergo Tommy John surgery on April 12, 2012. As a result, he spent the rest of his 2012 season on the disabled list. It also contributed to him being outrighted off the Marlins roster in 2013.
Ceda was elected a free agent after that, and his career in MLB ended. His short MLB career statistics read a win-loss record of 0-1, 4.66 earned run average, and 30 strikeouts.
7. Calvin Pickering
Weight: 283 lbs.
The 46 year-old Calvin Pickering is a former professional baseball player and ranks number 7 on our list. He made his MLB debut with the Baltimore Orioles on September 12, 1998.
Pickering’s MLB career was short, lasting from 1998 to 2005. During his professional career, he played for four major league teams, after which he played in the South Korean, KBO League, and Mexico.
Aside from the Orioles, Pickering played for the Cincinnati Reds, Boston Red Sox, and Kansas City Royals. His career statistics in MLB state a .223 batting average, 14 home runs, and 45 runs batted in.
6. Jonathan Broxton
Weight: 285 lbs.
Jonathan Broxton is a 38 year-old former American professional baseball relief pitcher. The Los Angeles Dodgers drafted him in the second round of the 2002 MLB Draft.
Broxton was a baseball player in his high school. He was committed to playing baseball at Georgia Southern, but after being drafted, he signed with the Dodgers for a $685,000 contract on June 30, 2002.
On July 29, 2005, Broxton made his MLB debut with the team. From 2005 to 2011, he played with the Dodgers, after which he became a free agent. Kansas City Royals signed him on a one-year contract worth $4 million on November 29, 2011.
Similarly, Cincinnati Reds, Milwaukee Brewers, and St. Louis Cardinals signed him during his MLB career. Broxton’s career in MLB lasted from 2005 to 2017.
Broxton’s career highlight wins include All-Star two times in 2009 and 2010. His MLB career statistics at the time of his retirement state a win-loss record of 43-38, 3.41 earned run average, 758 strikeouts, and 118 saves.
5. Bartolo Colon
Weight: 285 lbs.
On number 5 of the biggest MLB players, we have 49 year-old Dominican-American professional baseball pitcher. He is a free agent and made his MLB debut in 1997 with Cleveland Indians.
In 1993, the Indians signed Colon as an amateur free agent. It was the start of his MLB career, and he started playing in the team’s minor league system.
During his MLB career, Colon played for eleven different major league teams. He played for the Montreal Expos, Chicago White Sox, Anaheim Angels, Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees, and Oakland Athletics.
Similarly, New York Mets, Atlanta Braves, Minnesota Twins, and Texas Rangers also signed him throughout his career. Colon played 21 seasons in MLB, and at age 42, he became the oldest player in the league to hit his first career home run.
Likewise, Colon was the oldest active MLB player and the last active MLB player to play for the Montreal Expos. His career highlight wins include All-Star four times, the 2005 AL Cy Young Award, and AL wins leader.
Colon’s MLB statistics at his retirement state a win-loss record of 247-188, earned run average of 4.12, and 2,535 strikeouts.
4. Dmitri Young
Weight: 295 lbs.
We have Dmitri Young, on number four of the biggest MLB players. He is a 49 year-old former American professional baseball player.
Young was a star baseball player during high school. He was committed to playing college baseball for the Miami Hurricanes.
However, St. Louis Cardinals drafted him in the first round (4th Overall) in the 1991 MLB Draft. Thus, he signed up with the team instead of going to college. He made his MLB debut on August 29, 1996, with the Cardinals.
During his 13 seasons in MLB, Young played as the left fielder, first baseman, and designated hitter. Aside from the Cardinals, he also played with the Cincinnati Reds, Detroit Tigers, and Washington Nationals.
Young’s career highlight wins include All-Star twice and 2007 NL Comeback Player of the Year. His MLB statistics read a batting average of .292, 171 home runs, and 683 runs batted in.
3. Jumbo Brown
Weight: 295 lbs.
Born on April 30, 1907, Jumbo Brown was an American professional baseball pitcher. His MLB career spanned from 1928 to 1941, and at his debut, he was the heaviest player to ever play in the league.
While playing sandlot ball in Brockton, Massachusetts, Brown was discovered by the Chicago Cubs’ scout. On a trial basis, he made two appearances, and then on August 26, 1925, he made his MLB debut.
In his MLB career, Cleveland Indians, New York Yankees, Cincinnati Reds, and New York Giants signed Brown. Similarly, in his career, he was widely known for his big size and 295-pound weight.
Brown’s career highlight wins include two times World Series champions in 1932 and 1936. At the time of his retirement, he had the MLB statistics of a win-loss record of 33-31, 4.07 earned run average and 301 strikeouts.
Sadly, Brown passed away at age 59 on October 2, 1966, from congestive heart failure.
2. CC Sabathia
Weight: 300 lbs.
On number 2 of the biggest MLB players, we have 42 year-old CC Sabathia. He is a former American professional baseball player who played 19 seasons in MLB.
During his high school year, Baseball America named Sabathia the top high school prospect in Northern California. The Cleveland Indians drafted him in the first round (20th overall) of the 1998 MLB Draft.
After the draft, Sabathia signed with the team instead of going to college. He made his MLB debut on April 8, 2001, with the Indians as the youngest player in the league.
From 2001 to 2008, he played with the Indians, after which he was traded to the Milwaukee Brewers. Similarly, New York Yankees signed him from 2009 to 2019. Sabathia spent the majority of his career with the Yankees.
His most notable career wins and awards include All-Star six times, MLB wins leader two times, World Series champion, AL Cy Young Award, and ALCS MVP.
Sabathia’s MLB statistics at his retirement state a win-loss record of 251-161, 3.74 earned run average, and 3,093 strikeouts.
1. Walter Young
Weight: 320 lbs.
We have reached our number 1 biggest MLB player on the list. With a weight of 320 pounds, Walter Young was the biggest player in the major leagues.
Walter Young was born on February 18, 1980, as Walter Earnet Young Jr. He was an American professional baseball player who played only one season in MLB with Baltimore Orioles.
Young played as a first baseman and designated hitter. The Pittsburgh Pirates drafted him in the 31st round of the 1999 MLB Draft. After being selected, he forwent a scholarship offer from Louisiana State University.
However, the Pirates released Young before the 2004 season. The Orioles claimed him on the waiver, and he started playing for the team’s minor league. He made his MLB debut on September 6, 2005.
After one season, San Diego Padres claimed Young off waivers, and he was later released. Then on May 8, 2006, Houston Astros signed him and assigned him to their Class AA affiliate, but he was released in 2009.
Young had a brief MLB career. However, he was the biggest player ever recorded in the major league. He only registered MLB statistics of a .303 batting average, three runs batted in, and one home run.
The biggest player in MLB history passed away at the young age of 35 on September 19, 2015.
The players on our list are the biggest players in the major league and some of the best. They have proved that being big does not mean they are less athletic or have fewer skills.
These players’ careers are proof for those who think otherwise. Similarly, their hitting and pitching skills showcased their athleticism.
Thank you for sticking to our list until the end; we hope you enjoyed our list!