On Friday, my colleague Joe Giglio wrote an article looking at five MLB players that would be national superstars if they played in big cities. Now we're going to take a look at the opposite end of the spectrum and select five guys who are overrated because of the fact that they play in big cities.
First off, for the sake of this article, I considered "big cities" to be the following:
- Los Angeles
- New York
- San Francisco
- St. Louis
This was not necessarily based on the population of the city itself, but instead on the size of the fanbase and more importantly the exposure that the team receives on a national level.
From there, I selected five players who I think are more times than not viewed by the masses as better players than they actually are.
I certainly don't expect everyone to agree with me, but I've done my best to back my selections with statistical evidence. I look forward to further supporting my picks and hearing your suggestions for players who should have been included in the comments below.
*All stats courtesy of Baseball-Reference, unless otherwise noted.