This one is dedicated to the millions of baseball fans who don't consider themselves New York Yankees fans. You may find a couple reasons to smile in the latest brouhaha caused by Sports Illustrated.
The magazine polled 228 MLB players, asking who they thought were the most overrated position players in baseball. For the moment, you pitchers can breathe a sigh of relief.
The SI totals are as follows:
There you have it, world. You can now properly freak out.
A couple of obvious things that hit me in the face as soon as the list was made available:
- Virtually the entire New York Yankees lineup is represented, making me both happy and quite calm. Now if we could work more Red Sox into the mix, all would be grand with the world.
- Jayson Werth should be topping off at 30 percent.
- David Wright should not be on this list. The man is playing backup to the chubby Pablo Sandoval in the All-Star game, and that makes me a sad panda.
- I don't see Mark Teixeira.
The great thing in all this is we already know what Alex Rodriguez might think about the list. The Yankees star topped the list last year, and this is what he had to say in 2011, via MLB.com:
I've been on this list before. I'll see you guys next summer again.
I think it will be like that for the rest of my career. It's been like that for a long time. I think it's pretty amusing.
Last year's copy is perfectly workable today, so there is no need to go get a quote from the third baseman.
This may simply be a byproduct of the Yankees stealing all the thunder from other players, however, and I am interested to hear who you all have pegged as the most overrated players in all of baseball. While I have issues with some parts of this list, I am quite comfortable with the final product.
If you asked any fair-weather fan with only a passing interest in the game who they thought were the best players in the game, these guys would show up in droves.
Yes, I would be quite OK with a .270 hitter who may or may not top 25 home runs this season as overrated.
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