The MLB player that is easily the easiest to root for is A.J. Pierzynski.
Wait? What? Dan Shaughnessy from the Boston Globe noted that he was voted 2012’s Most Hated Player in Baseball by fellow players in a Men’s Journal poll?
Well then. Who are the players that are the easiest to root for in MLB if Pierzynski isn’t the guy? Let’s find out.
To be sure, MLB is full of generous players with a true passion for the game and for others who may not be as fortunate in life as they have been, so this is not an all-inclusive list. It is comprised of players that I find to be the most relatable and the ones that, regardless of whom they’re playing, I look forward to watching.
Some of them are stars, while others aren’t. Some are very active in giving back to the community, while others are just classy.
Here are the 10 players that are the easiest to root for in MLB, ranked by wins above replacement.
Note: All stats are courtesy of Baseball-Reference and are accurate as of game time on Friday, May 9.