The story goes that John Kruk, the rotund '90s All-Star first basemen, was enjoying a cigarrette once, and was confronted by a woman who recognized him and wondered how he could smoke and be a professional athlete. He replied: "I ain't an athlete, lady, I'm a baseball player."
Which sums up part of the appeal of America's pastime: you don't actually have to be in great shape to play it, and, on occasion, play it well. Not that it's easy—you try throwing a baseball 90 miles an hour, much less hitting a baseball traveling 90 miles an hour—but it's not inconceivable that dudes with 10, 20, maybe even 50 pounds to spare could do well at the sport. From workhorse hurlers to slugging first basemen to even the occasional Gold Glove winner—these are the 25 Greatest Fat Baseball Players of All Time. Lift a mug (and maybe a chicken wing) in a hearty salute!