In today's world, the media tends to harp on the same big-name players while forgetting to give credit to the guys who make teams go. People tend to focus on the players who they continually hear about rather than the unsung heroes of a team, causing certain players to become underrated.
Whether it be because superstars get bigger contracts that make front page news or because they are the ones making highlight reel after highlight reel plays on the field, we look at these players through a different lens due to the massive amount of exposure they receive. We put superstars on a pedestal because that is what we're told to do when we turn on the TV or open a paper.
Guys like Josh Hamilton—who, once he stopped chewing tobacco, was a complete abomination—are in the running for MVP annually while a guy like Billy Butler, who actually had a higher on-base percentage and average Hamilton (while not lagging that far behind in home runs and RBI), doesn't even get mentioned.
In no way am I saying Billy Butler is better than Josh Hamilton; I'm just saying he can be mentioned in the same sentence due to Hamilton's injury history, unpredictable behavior and the fact that he played in one of the friendliest hitter's parks in the league.
So, let's take a look at who, besides Billy Butler, is underrated and why this has happened.