Walk-up music for players did not evolve until 1993. The Seattle Mariners were noted as the first team to do it for every player in the lineup.
As baseball has adopted many different ways to bring a uniqueness and fun to the ballpark, walk-up music has become a part of Major League Baseball. A lot of thoughts come to your mind whenever you hear the song by a player whether they’re walking up to the batter’s box or up to the mound.
Do they like the artist? Is this their favourite song? Why did they choose that particular song?
In fact, MLB even has a rule regarding the use of walkout songs.
"Any musical clip used to introduce a batter should start immediately after the public address announcement and should stop when the batter reaches the dirt cut-out surrounding home plate. Music clips between pitches are limited to 15 seconds in order not to encourage the hitter to leave the batter’s box. For pitchers, they have a two-minute warm up before the game begins with their song included."
To give Blue Jays fans an idea what music the players like, here is part one of an exclusive look at the Toronto Blue Jays walkup music. It feature’s each players song with an interesting fact or two about each song.
Before the slideshow, here’s a video of some of the players discussing their worst walk-up songs.
As the DJ’s say, let the beat drop!