Heavy Hitters

Fattest Baseball Players, From C. C. Sabathia to Bartolo Colon

From C. C. Sabathia to Bartolo Colon, The Daily Beast finds the heftiest players in Major League Baseball.

America’s pastime, like the country, is at its heaviest in history. From C. C. Sabathia to Bartolo Colon, The Daily Beast finds the heftiest players in Major League Baseball.

Baseball may be the only professional sport where fatter is better. A study published last year on obesity in baseball proved what many fans already knew—the bigger the belly, the better the batter (usually). But using more than a century’s worth of data on player stats, the study also proved that nearly twice as many modern players are overweight as the pros a century ago. Even worse, according to the Centers for Disease Control, the dangerous health implications associated with carrying too much weight are the same whether the additional heft is muscle or fat.

A Daily Beast analysis of the stats of nearly 1,200 pro baseball players shows that only 15 percent of current players are a healthy size according to their BMI (a ratio of height to weight). A healthy BMI falls between 18.5 and 25; the average BMI of a major leaguer, based on statistics posted on MLB.com, is 27.

So while the country tunes in to the final moments of this season’s World Series, The Daily Beast decided to rank the players based on girth. All the height and weight statistics were pulled from each team’s published roster reports.

For the record, Babe Ruth—arguably the most famous of portly players—wouldn’t even land among the heaviest third of current ballplayers. At 6 foot 2 and 215 pounds, his BMI was 27.6.

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18 (tie). Waldis Joaquin

#60 - RP - San Francisco Giants

Height: 6'0"
Weight: 240
BMI:
32.5

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18 (tie). Heath Bell

#21 - RP - San Diego Padres

Height: 6'3"
Weight: 260
BMI:
32.5

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18 (tie). Wily Mo Pena

#29 - DH - Seattle Mariners

Height: 6'3"
Weight: 260
BMI:
32.5

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17. C. C. Sabathia

#52 - SP - New York Yankees

Height: 6'7"
Weight: 290
BMI:
32.7

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15 (tie). Hector Sanchez

#29 - C - San Francisco Giants

Height: 5'11"
Weight: 235
BMI:
32.8

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15 (tie). Brayan Pena

#27 - C - Kansas City Royals

Height: 5'11"
Weight: 235
BMI:
32.8

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14. Adam Dunn

#32 - DH - Chicago White Sox

Height: 6'6"
Weight: 285
BMI:
32.9

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12 (tie). Russell Martin

#55 - C - New York Yankees

Height: 5'10"
Weight: 230
BMI:
33.0

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12 (tie). Rene Rivera

#32 - C - Minnesota Twins

Height: 5'10"
Weight: 230
BMI:
33.0

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11. Landon Powell

#11 - C - Oakland Athletics

Height: 6'3"
Weight: 265
BMI:
33.1

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10. Marlon Byrd

#24 - CF - Chicago Cubs

Height: 6'0"
Weight: 245
BMI:
33.2

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8 (tie). Jose Ceda

#50 - RP - Florida Marlins

Height: 6'4"
Weight: 275
BMI:
33.5

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8 (tie). Pablo Sandoval

#48 - 3B - San Francisco Giants

Height: 5'11"
Weight: 240
BMI:
33.5

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7. Jeff Fulchino

#59 - RP - San Diego Padres

Height: 6'5"
Weight: 285
BMI:
33.8

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6. Carlos Lee

#45 - LF - Houston Astros

Height: 6'2"
Weight: 265
BMI:
34.0

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5. Felipe Paulino

#59 - SP - Kansas City Royals

Height: 6'2"
Weight: 270
BMI:
34.7

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4. Tommy Hunter

#39 - SP - Baltimore Orioles

Height: 6'3"
Weight: 280
BMI:
35.0

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3. Jonathan Broxton

#51 - RP - Los Angeles Dodgers

Height: 6'4"
Weight: 300
BMI:
36.5

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2. Bartolo Colon

#40 - SP - New York Yankees

Height: 5'11"
Weight: 265
BMI:
37.0

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1. Prince Fielder

#28 - 1B - Milwaukee Brewers

Height: 5'11"
Weight: 275
BMI: 38.4