Originally Posted by RANDY IN INDY
Richie Allen, aka Dick Allen, hit the ball very hard. Another player from my childhood who was diminutive in size but hit the ball really hard and far was Cincinnati's own Jimmy Wynn, "The Toy Cannon."
Dick Allen is a great choice. Others who hit the ball hard consistently: Al Oliver, Bill Madlock, Billy Wiliiams, Rico Carty, Tony Oliva and Steve Garvey.
People who only remember the old man looping singles into the opposite field won't believe it, but a young Pete Rose hit the ball hard 7 or 8 times out of 10.
Guys like Bench, Foster and Eric Davis hit it hard when they squared it up, but guys who consistently hit the ball hard were usually not the big home run guys. If we're looking for guys who occassionaly hit it hard, heck Wily Mo Pena might be high up the list.