Blog Entry

Poll: Players say A-Rod most overrated

Posted on: May 31, 2011 3:16 pm
Edited on: May 31, 2011 3:25 pm
By Matt Snyder

The most overrated player in baseball is Alex Rodriguez, according to a poll of 185 major leaguers taken by Sports Illustrated. A-Rod received 18 percent of the vote, and was one of three Yankees in the top five. In fact, the three Yankees named were the top three in all of baseball.

Joba Chamberlain checked in second at 12 percent, with Derek Jeter garnering seven percent of the vote. Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon and Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth tied for fourth with four percent of the vote each.

Do the players who voted for Jeter understand "overrated" doesn't mean "overpaid?" I'm trying to figure out how many people actually still think Jeter is an elite player, and judging from everything you see on message boards, Twitter or hear on talk radio, pretty much everyone agrees he's washed up.

Chamberlain is an interesting inclusion because his value has not come anywhere near close to the hype that came with him several years ago, but I don't really think any large group of people thinks he's a great -- or an even good -- pitcher at this point.

On A-Rod, he's polarizing, so it's not shocking he'd get the most votes. Still, you rarely see arguments he's the best player in baseball anymore. He's pretty universally regarded as an All-Star but not elite. With nine home runs, 27 RBI, 30 runs and an .824 OPS, that's exactly what he is this season, too.

Papelbon's a tough call. I believe the closer position in general is overrated, but Papelbon himself is having a fine season. Nothing really jumps out about him specifically. Werth is badly overpaid, but the Nationals were pretty well destroyed for that contract from the get-go.

Don't discount these are all East Coast guys, either. The backlash against "East Coast Bias" appears to be alive and well.

It's hard to blame the major-leaguers for voting like this. They probably don't pay a ton of attention to how guys are perceived nationally and instead see the contract numbers of peers. Plus, the general term "overrated" is pretty broad. It's hard to pinpoint exactly what we're supposed to be using to judge.

For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsmlb on Twitter or subscribe to the RSS feed.

Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 6, 2011 2:16 am

Poll: Players say A-Rod most overrated

So good site web content is created from a great many effective hints. You'll appropriate what you should be aware.

Since: Oct 18, 2007
Posted on: June 1, 2011 8:55 pm

Poll: Players say A-Rod most overrated

I'm beginning to think they polled minor league players and maybe some ex-Yankees.

Somewhere I hear Pavano, Brown, Johnson, Wang, Vazquez, Kennedy, Lilly and Cabrera snickering....

Since: Jan 22, 2007
Posted on: June 1, 2011 10:30 am

Poll: Players say A-Rod most overrated

This is just a stupid poll set up by jealous nobodies with Yankee envy. They all wish they had A-Rods numbers and babes and Jeters rings. 

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: June 1, 2011 10:29 am

Poll: Players say A-Rod most overrated

I don't think A-Rod is over-rated at all.He's a first ballot HOF'r & can still knock the cover off the ball.Derek Jeter has been over-rated for about 3 years, but the most over-rated player in MLB has to be Jason Werth.As a Red Sox fan, I'm a bit shocked to see Paplebon on the list.At least 8 teams will tender him an offer in the off season.If Boston can shell out 14 m to Drew & 7M for Cameron,15.9M for Lackey, 10M+ for DiceK,6M for Jenks they should be able to come up with an offer for Paplebon that he can't refuse.He's already making 12M & anything more than that is too much for a closer..He's gonna want a 5 year deal & any team that gives him that much for 5 years will be sorry.Boston should offer him a 3 year incentive laden contract for the same money.If that's not enough, let him walk & watch him turn into the next coming of Manny Ramirez.
Jonathan, take the 3 year deal & stay in Boston where you belong.Mariano Rivera has stayed in NY all these years & his record speaks for itself.If he decides to follow the almighty dollar, he'll be forgotten after the first 3 blown saves..Boston has stuck with him & put up with his antics more than any other team will.Leaving Boston would be a huge mistake  & will mark the beginning of the end of his career.

Since: Oct 20, 2007
Posted on: June 1, 2011 9:37 am

Poll: Players say A-Rod most overrated

Um....hitting the ball farther and/or harder can turn an out into a hit, thus affecting batting average.

Since: Jun 2, 2009
Posted on: June 1, 2011 9:12 am

Poll: Players say A-Rod most overrated

Because he is not the best anymore means he is overated?  Give me a break!  I don't even like the guy one bit, but when he steps up to the plate against my team I still fear his bat.  I gaurentee pitchers still fear him too.

Since: Apr 25, 2008
Posted on: June 1, 2011 9:08 am

Poll: Players say A-Rod most overrated

A-Rod was great during the regular season when he first joined the Yankees. But in the postseason he was pretty awful. His postseason performance is why everyone is calling him overrated. Take Andy Pettite as an example. During the regular season, Pettite was average. But during the postseason he was a monster. Would people still call Arod overrated if he rarely made the playoffs like when he was on Texas? There's a lot of hall of fame players that just didn't get the chance to perform much in the playoffs. You can say what you want about the steroids, but the pitchers were juicing too. Also steroids don't help your batting average. Jose Canseco is an example of that. It just makes you hit the ball farther. He still had to be good to get the hits. Yes he's a prima donna. I personally don't like him, but he's one of the best players in the league for the last 15 years.

Since: Jun 17, 2008
Posted on: June 1, 2011 8:58 am

Poll: Players say A-Rod most overrated

D"bringing up awards he received nearly ten years ago when he was admittingly doing steroids doesn't help your arguement." Does leading alll 3b league in War at 35? Because that's what he's doing.

Since: Jun 17, 2008
Posted on: June 1, 2011 8:54 am

Poll: Players say A-Rod most overrated

"He came to the Yanks and did anything but make the big out.  He contributed during the season and helped the team get to the playoffs in his early days with the Yanks.  In the big spot he was the worse and that is where the great players should shine."

b Here this is a site that has stats which could make less foolish in the future. Look at how he dominants in "clutch " situations and look at great his postseason numbers are, ya they're better than reggie jacksons.

Since: Oct 2, 2006
Posted on: May 31, 2011 11:42 pm

Poll: Players say A-Rod most overrated

"Over-rated" is itself an over-rated term: nobody knows what it means--overpaid? Said by X to be good when Y knows he's worse?  Rated highly by group X but not by groupd Y?  As for AR: He's a complex guy with a complex career.  Nobody wants to face him in a big spot--not that there aren't more feared hitters at this point (why would that surprise anyone: it was true of Ruth, Aaron, Mays, Mantle, even Williams at this age), and nobody can deny his tremendous all-around play and accomplishment over time.  This is dumb.

The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or