A popular yearly roundup on AskMen.com, the Top 49 Most Influential Men of 2008 represents an amalgamation of guys, all from different walks of life, deemed to have had the biggest influence on the ways other men buy, think and behave. More than 200,000 votes helped to determine this year's honorees as voters were asked to look beyond surface traits such as notoriety and focus instead on 2008's key influencers across a broad range of industries.
Here's a look at some of the athletes to have made the cut in 2008:
Alex Rodriguez - #46
The American League's reigning MVP helped pave his way into Cooperstown in 2008 by becoming the first player in Major League history to hit 35 home runs in 11 consecutive seasons. This talented 12-time All-Star should continue to rack up eye-popping stats for years to come after signing a lucrative 10-year contract to stay with the Yankees.
2008's Claim to Fame: When he scored his 537th home run, Alex Rodriguez passed Mickey Mantle on the all-time list.