Top 10 Best Softball Athletes 2016

Softball might not be as popular as its more glorious cousin baseball but still it’s played all throughout the world. Softball is basically baseball with a smaller ground and a larger ball. This game is often referred to as the female counterpart of baseball due to the majority of women playing the game, despite that Softball is every bit as interesting and thrilling and baseball and here we countdown the Top 10 Best Softball Athletes 2016.

Top 10 Best Softball Athletes 2016

 

10. Michele Granger

Top 10 Best Softball Athletes 2016
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At number 10 in Top 10 Best Softball Athletes 2016 is Michele Granger. Granger was one of the most powerful pitches of her day and still holds many records in softball pitching like most Pac-12 career shutouts, most NCAA division I no-hitters, etc. She also part of the gold winning team of softball in 1996 Atlanta Olympics. Her powerful pitching is evident from the fact that she once clocked at 72 mph which is really fast!

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9. Crystl Bustos

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At number 9 is Crystl Bustos. She was a power hitter who batted at third hole. Bustos has a lot of achievements to her name like winning 3 Olympic medals (silver in 2008 and two gold in 2000 and 2004), two times gold winner in Pan American Games and she was winner of the World Cup Championship three times in 1999, 2006 and 2007. She was also named the 2008 USA Softball Player of the Year.

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8. Natasha Watley

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At number 8 in Top 10 Best Softball Athletes 2016 is Natasha Watley. She was the first African-American player to play in the US Softball team and she is among the greatest hitters in softball and to date holds many records. Natasha was part of the gold winning team in 2004 Athens Olympics and silver in 2008 Beijing Olympics. She has the highest career hits in National Pro Fastpitch and one of the selected few NCAA players to bat at at least .400 with 300 hits, 200 runs and 100 stolen bases.

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7. Stacey Nuveman

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At number 7 in Top 10 Best Softball Athletes 2016 is Stacey Nuveman. Stacey is a catcher who also possesses great natural ability to hit the ball hard and this is evident from the fact that she is 2nd in the all time highest Pac-12 home runs with 90 home runs. Apart from that she named 4 times in First Team All American, 3 time Pac Player of the Year, 4th highest RBIs of all time (299), second best slugging percentage (.945) and highest ever in intentional walks. Apart from all these personal feats, was part of two Olympic gold winning and one silver winning teams and also won the World Cup in 2004 and 2006.

6. Cat Osterman

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At number 6 in Top 10 Best Softball Athletes 2016 is Cat Osterman. Cat is a pitcher and one of the best in business. She is among 5 pitchers in NCAA to strikeout 1000 batters with 100 wins and an ERA of under 1.00. Cat is also among the leaders in all time career shutouts, no hitters, perfect games and strikeouts. She pitched in the 2004 Olympics where USA won gold and 2008 Beijing where USA won silver.

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5. Jessica Mendoza

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At number 5 is Jessica Mendoza. She plays out-field and has been named four times in First Team All-American. She was part of the 2004 Athens Olympics gold winning team. Jess has a good average of .432 while playing for USA with a commendable slugging percentage of .865%.  Jessica was also a gold medallist in Pan American Games and silver medal winner at the World Cup and Japan Cup in 2006 and gold medal winner at World Cup 2007.

4. Tanya Harding

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At number 4 in Top 10 Best Softball Athletes 2016 is Tanya Harding. She has been consistently ranked as among the top 5 pitchers in the world for the past decade. She has been NCAA MVP of the championship tournament, been representing USA for the past 15 years winning a Olympic silver and 2 bronze medals. Tanya has won more than 25 National and International awards over the course of her career. She has also won a silver and bronze at Softball World Championship.

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3. Jennie Finch

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At number 3 in Top 10 Best Softball Athletes 2016 is Jennie Finch. She often been regarded as the most famous Softball player in the history of the game and she has the stats to back this claim. Finch is a monster of a pitcher who has shown dominance over her male counterparts of MLB by striking them out using a 71 mph riseball which is comparable to a 100mph fastball of baseball. She has helped USA win gold at 2004 Athens Olympic and silver at 2008 Beijing Olympic.

2. Lisa Fernandez

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At number 2 is Lisa Fernandez. She is among the greatest this game has ever seen who has won 3 Olympic gold medals in 1996, 2000 and 2004, 3 times Pan American Games gold winner in 1991, 1998 and 2003 and two time gold winner at ISF World Championship. She has also received Sportswoman of the Year Award twice in 1991 and 1992 and has the softball Olympic record of 21 strikeouts in a single game.

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1. Dot Richardson

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At number 1 in Top 10 Best Softball Athletes 2016 is Dot Richardson. She is probably the greatest Softball player ever who is the youngest player in ASA history to play in Women’s Fast Pitch Championship at age 13. Dot has won All-American honors 15 times, was part of 10 Championship teams, won Erv Lind Award seven times, two Olympic gold medals, was part of Pan American winning teams five times and part of ISF World Championship winning team four times. She has been also inducted in the National Softball Hall of Fame.

Top 10 Best Softball Athletes 2016

1. Dot Richardson
2. Lisa Fernandez
3. Jennie Finch
4. Tanya Harding
5. Jessica Mendoza
6. Cat Osterman
7. Stacey Nuveman
8. Natasha Watley
9. Crystl Bustos
10. Michele Granger