• You Can’t Spell “Overrated” With A, R, O, D.

    Posted by on May 31st, 2011 · Comments (11)

    Via Mark Feinsand

    Alex Rodriguez topped this year’s Sports Illustrated “Most Overrated Player” poll, followed by Joba Chamberlain and Derek Jeter.

    A-Rod received 18 percent of the vote among the 185 major leaguers that participated, while Chamberlain was listed by 12 percent and Jeter by seven percent. Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth (4%) and Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon (4%) rounded out the top five. Nick Swisher also received four percent of the vote.

    Chamberlain topped this list a year ago, while A-Rod finished second.

    I guess A-Rod and Joba just rub a few of their peers the wrong way…two years in a row now.

    Comments on You Can’t Spell “Overrated” With A, R, O, D.

    1. MJ Recanati
      May 31st, 2011 | 2:25 pm

      In four of the five cases, it appears to be jealousy over compensation.

      In Joba’s case, it’s just a natural given the amount of hype and attention he’s received over the years relative to his meager production.

      In any case, this type of story garners a big shrug and meh from me. Who gives a crap?

    2. Evan3457
      May 31st, 2011 | 5:53 pm

      MJ Recanati wrote:

      In four of the five cases, it appears to be jealousy over compensation.

      Yeah, I know; all the Yankees are overrated.

      That’s why, depsite playing fairly crappy ball for 4-5 weeks, they’re still in first place.

    3. LMJ229
      May 31st, 2011 | 10:19 pm

      MJ Recanati wrote:

      In four of the five cases, it appears to be jealousy over compensation.

      I agree, that is exactly what it is, and rightly so I might add, in the case of Jeter and A-Rod.

      I’m sure the NY media machine plays into this as well. We all know the NY media tends to blow everything out of proportion.

    4. May 31st, 2011 | 10:23 pm

      At some point you have to wonder if it just boils down to the old movie line, “what we have here is a failure to communicate”. How is Joba overrated. Maybe in 2007, or 2008, or even 2009, but today. He is a middle inning reliever, exactly who is overrating him? And Swisher, even more bizarre. Coming into this year did anyone read or hear or think that Swisher was superstar. He is a godd major league player. that’s it.

    5. LMJ229
      June 1st, 2011 | 12:32 am

      Joseph Maloney wrote:

      And Swisher, even more bizarre. Coming into this year did anyone read or hear or think that Swisher was superstar. He is a godd major league player. that’s it.

      Maybe they thought Swisher didn’t deserve a spot on the all star team last year.

    6. Raf
      June 1st, 2011 | 1:42 am

      Haters gonna hate

    7. MJ Recanati
      June 1st, 2011 | 8:29 am

      Joseph Maloney wrote:

      At some point you have to wonder if it just boils down to the old movie line, “what we have here is a failure to communicate”. How is Joba overrated. Maybe in 2007, or 2008, or even 2009, but today. He is a middle inning reliever, exactly who is overrating him? And Swisher, even more bizarre. Coming into this year did anyone read or hear or think that Swisher was superstar. He is a godd major league player. that’s it.

      An excellent point which made me wonder if perhaps SI’s polling methodology is to give the survey participants a list of last year’s results with a question as to whether opinions have changed or remain the same.

      There’s no other way Joba Chamberlain makes the list unless someone’s asking “do you still think Joba Chamberlain is overrated” or “last year, Chamberlain was the most overrated player in baseball. Do you agree or disagree?” It’s all in how a poll is conducted…

    8. June 1st, 2011 | 10:37 am

      To be fair, you ought to include Jeter in the “rubs peers the wrong way” category, given that he is a finalist in this every year, and won the award a few years back.

    9. MJ Recanati
      June 1st, 2011 | 11:00 am

      @ lisaswan:
      Doncha know that Jeter’s shit don’t stink? There’s no way he could rub people the wrong way.

    10. June 1st, 2011 | 1:00 pm

      @ MJ Recanati:
      Snicker!

      The thing that got me was that, for once, A-Rod handled the media much better than Jeter did here. Alex was cracking jokes about the whole thing, and didn’t seem to let it bother him at all. Same with Joba. On the other hand, Jeter was cranky and angry about the vote, complaining about the whole process.

    11. MJ Recanati
      June 1st, 2011 | 2:03 pm

      @ lisaswan:
      I actually didn’t hear anything more about this but I’m not surprised. Jeter seems like he’s getting more prickly in his old age.

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