The great thing about sports—about baseball—is the passion that it sparks within us. We get emotional about our favorite teams and our favorite players, and we'll defend both to the death against any and all perceived attacks.
Lest we forget that "fan" is actually short for "fanatic" (and I'm not talking about the furry beast that hangs out in Philadelphia).
This list—and any like it that you come across in your travels around the web—is entirely subjective. It's with that understanding that I say this: You and I...we may not be on speaking terms after you're done reading.
For calling any player overrated or underrated is sure to get a rise out of fans. Some will agree with what follows, but more will not, and heated debates will break out like a rash in the comments section below.
In this exercise, overrated is split into two categories: players who simply aren't as good as their numbers would lead us to believe and players who were hyped coming into the season but have failed to deliver. Underrated is more straightforward. These are the players who either don't get the attention that they deserve or who are far better than people give them credit for.
I'll explain why I believe a player falls into one of those two categories, and in some cases, I'll pull from the history books to make a point.
That said, for all intents and purposes, this is about the most overrated and the most underrated player on every team in 2014—and only 2014. So take a deep breath, count to 10, and let's begin.