Via Bob Wolfley -
Brewers reserve outfielder Nyjer Morgan was the top choice in a poll of MLB players who were asked to name the most eccentric player in baseball. Sports Illustrated published the results of the poll earlier this summer.
In this week’s poll, carried in the current edition of SI, Morgan finished an impressive third place in another poll question put to 232 players. They were asked to name the phoniest player in baseball.
Two Yankees finished ahead of Morgan in this category.
Third baseman Alex Rodriguez got 26% of the vote, followed by rightfielder Nick Swisher with 14%.
Morgan was next with 11%, followed by Giants pitcher Brian Wilson (9%) and Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips (5%).
The magazine notes that most of the votes for Rodriguez (64%) came from players in the American League and 44% of those votes came from players in the Yankees’ division, the AL East.
Rodriguez also was voted the most overrated position player in the game (July 9 edition).
Besides Morgan, Wilson and Phillips were among the top six vote-getters in the voting for most eccentric player. So apparently there’s a link in some voters’ minds between eccentricity and phoniness.
I don’t know if “phony” is the correct word here? But, if it means some combination of being superficial, narcissistic, pretentious and fake…then I think the players got it right.