One of the most important aspects of an MLB player is not his batting average or his home run numbers, its his walk-up song to the plate. Choose the wrong song and you’re seen as an automatic out, pick the right one and the pitcher will think that you can hit it out of the park at anytime. In honor of this, here are the top walk-up rap songs from American League Players in 2017 (National League Edition coming soon):
Tim Anderson – Chicago White Sox
Mask Off – Future
The White Sox rising star infielder gets what it means to have a great walk up song. Not only is Mask off one of the hottest tracks of the year, it might sound even more insane blasting all over a stadium.
Nick Castellanos – Detroit Tigers
Do Not Disturb – Drake
At first I thought this was a weird choice, as this is one of Drake’s less hyped songs off More Life. However, after a few listens, I realized the first few lines of this track are perfect to walk up to with Drake’s first bar being “Stylin’ tho”. It doesn’t get more dope than that.
Lorenzo Cain – Kansas City Royals
No Problem – Chance the Rapper
S/o Lorenzo Cain who just won every Chicago Fans heart with his choice. We need him in our city.
Aaron Hicks – New York Yankees
Return of the Mack – Mark Morrison
The Worldwide hit that never gets old. Aaron takes the W this choice and its translated as he’s had a breakout 2017 season so far.
Aaron Judge – New York Yankees
Through the Late Night – Travis Scott
Coincidence that the AL Home Run leader also has one of the best Travis Scott songs off his last album? I think not.
Mike Napoli – Texas Rangers
Tunnel Vision – Kodak Black
Imagine hearing your name called and then this Metro Boomin beat ringing all over the park. If I was a pitcher I would walk him, no doubt. Mike Napoli is a G for this.
Adam Jones – Baltimore Orioles
Bout That Life – Rick Ross, Diddy, French Montana, Meek Mill
One of the most unexpected tracks that I found on this list but it makes sense, as the beat and hook make this the most baller song to walk up to.
Manny Machado – Baltimore Orioles
Humble – Kendrick Lamar
This is the perfect song for Manny, as its probably hard to stay humble when you’re arguably the top 3rd baseman in the American League.
Steven Souza Jr – Tampa Bay Rays
Space Jam – Quad City Dj’s
Did I just find my favorite player of all time? I might have because using the Space Jam theme song as your walk up track is the best choice I’ve seen so far. Where do I buy a jersey?
Josh Donaldson – Toronto Blue Jays
Congratulations – Post Malone feat. Quavo
Former Cub Josh Donaldson has been notorious to have some of the dopest walk-up songs in the game and this year its not different with one of Post Malone’s best tracks to date.
Cameron Maybin – Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
Swang – Rae Sremmurd
I initially did not like this song, then I heard over loud speakers and it goes crazy. I can’t even imagine what its like playing across a whole stadium. Smart move Cameron.
Christian Colon – Kansas City Royals
Really Got It – Jerreau
I’m gonna be honest I’ve never heard of Christian Colon before. However, after seeing his music choice I’m a loyal fan now.
Dustin Pedroia – Boston Red Sox
Real Muthafuckin G’z – Eazy E
When you’re a legend of a city like Dustin Pedroia is of Boston its expected you come with that heat for your walk-up song. He does not disappoint with this classic Eazy-E track, that is sure to strike fear in any pitcher.
Mookie Betts – Boston Red Sox
Heavy – Gucci Mane
S/o Mookie Betts for choosing a throwback Gucci hit as his song. He high-key might be my favorite player in the American League now.
Justin Upton – Detroit Tigers
Goosebumps – Travis Scott
Can you imagine the adrenaline rush you would get when the beat drops on this track and you walk up to hit. I would get so hyped I would probably pull a Babe Ruth and call my shot everytime I hear Travis on the hook. Props to Justin on this choice.
Chris Carter – New York Yankees
Mr. Carter – Lil Wayne
Former Milwaukee Brewer has had this song for years and it makes all the sense in the world. There’s a reason why he was the leader in HR’s last year and this was probably it.
Didi Gregorious – New York Yankees
Notorious B.I.G. – Notorious B.I.G.
What a better fit than using NY Legend Biggie as your walk up song. Although, I low key think he picked this song because “Notorious” sort of sounds like “Gregorious” #Staywoke
Jacoby Ellsbury – New York Yankees
Can’t Have Everything – Drake
Love this choice by Jacoby, however, when you’re on the Yankees, who have 27 rings, don’t you have everything? Asking for a friend.
Yonder Alonso – Oakland A’s
Everything – Young Jeezy
First of all what an amazing name Yonder is, second, he’s having a breakout 2017 year hitting the ball like crazy. I keep seeing a trend of fire songs=fire at bats and using a throwback Jeezy song definitely sticks with this theory.
Jarrod Dyson – Seattle Mariners
Cross the Line – Rick Ross feat. Akon
Jerrod Dyson really has an Akon hook as his walk up song in 2017, much respect.
Darwin Barney – Toronto Blue Jays
It Was A Good Day – Ice Cube
Another former Cub, picking another outstanding song to walk-up to. What else is new?
Russell Martin – Toronto Blue Jays
Surfin’ – Kid Cudi
I might have to get a Russell Martin Jersey after seeing this. Nothing sounds more crazy than hearing Cudi sing this hook while getting ready to bat, keep doing your thing Russell.
Careless Whisperer – George Michael
This is the true power of a great walk up song, press play and be amazed.