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Poll: Pierzynski 'meanest' MLB player

Posted on: September 14, 2011 12:43 pm
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By Matt Snyder

In a poll of 215 major-league players conducted by Sports Illustrated, White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski was voted as the "meanest" player in baseball, taking home 29 percent of the vote. Phillies second baseman Chase Utley (13 percent), now-jobless Milton Bradley (11 percent), soon-to-be-jobless Carlos Zambrano (five percent) and Dodgers reliever Vicente Padilla (four percent) were the other names that most frequently came up in the poll.

From the SI press release, White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said the following about Pierzynski: “If you play against him, you hate him. If you play with him, you hate him a little less.”

I can't say it's surprising that Pierzynski isn't well liked by his peers. That's been common knowledge for a while ... but, "meanest?" Really?

Isn't this the sign we're getting a little too sensitive as a society? Maybe biggest jerk or most annoying would sound better and yield similar results -- maybe even "biggest antagonist?" -- but "meanest" just has this connotation like we're some child cowering in the corner because classmate isn't very nice and we can't take it. So we'll run home to Mommy and Daddy and tell them about the mean guy. I would hope that if some player specifically said "A.J. is so mean!" that our collective response would be to man up and quit whining. But hey, to each his own.

Now, to be fair, we can't blame the players for answering. They were simply asked a question and answered it. And to be fair to SI, I'm probably overreacting to its attempt to come up with an MLB equivalent to "dirtiest player," which they ask in other sports.

I will say I was quite surprised that Pierzynski beat out the likes of Zambrano and Bradley here, but I'm no player. I guess they'd know better who is "mean."

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Since: May 4, 2009
Posted on: September 16, 2011 6:30 pm
 

Poll: Pierzynski 'meanest' MLB player

How did Chase Utley get in the mix? He plays pretty hard and scowls a lot - likes to jump in front of pitches and go in hard to break up double plays - but does that make him mean?



Since: Jul 20, 2011
Posted on: September 15, 2011 5:53 pm
 

Poll: Pierzynski 'meanest' MLB player

But is AJ in the 'Albert Belle' or 'Eddie Murray' class of teammates disliking him? I wonder...<br />




Since: Apr 30, 2007
Posted on: September 14, 2011 9:23 pm
 

Poll: Pierzynski 'meanest' MLB player

Yeah, he sure showed his batting helmet who's the boss after grounding into the game-ending double play today.



Since: Dec 7, 2007
Posted on: September 14, 2011 3:58 pm
 

Poll: Pierzynski 'meanest' MLB player

AJP goes hard. But there's a good guy in there. 

There was a time I reached out to the white sox and I was surprised to find some of the "surliest" players had the biggest hearts.

Frank Thomas ( I was not a fan, came through big), AJ was right there with him.

After that - No ONE and No POLL can convince me that AJP is anything but a class act.

It's what you do when the camera's aren't rolling that really matters.

There's some White Sox from that world series year that even the CUB fan in me can no long hate. AJ is one of them.

You want to see mean ? Make a derogatory statement about AJ around me.  



Since: Apr 14, 2011
Posted on: September 14, 2011 3:26 pm
 

Poll: Pierzynski 'meanest' MLB player

"Winning" with only 29% of the vote of 215 players is much ado about nothing.  Knowing AJP, he probably stuffed the ballot box.  I do wonder would an athlete like to be known as the nicest or kindest player or the meanest player in his respective sport.  It would be hard to picture hyperkinetic competitors like John McEnroe or Jimmy Connors wishing to be the voted nicest player in tennis by their peers.



Since: Mar 26, 2007
Posted on: September 14, 2011 1:32 pm
 

Poll: Pierzynski 'meanest' MLB player

More like Douche-iest



Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: September 14, 2011 1:18 pm
 

Poll: Pierzynski 'meanest' MLB player

I agree with the writer that "meanest" evokes several images that seem less appropriate to baseball than other labels (such as most annoying). I've been a White Sox fan forever (I'm pretty old) and honestly, I've never heard AJP say a mean thing about another player and have never seen him do anything mean, per se. He can be a "smart ass" to be sure (he even "wise-guyed" former President Bush down in Texas) and will do anything to obtain an advantage (e.g., run to first in order to "convince" the ump that the opposing catcher dropped a third strike as he did in the 2005 ALCS), but mean? I don't think so.



Since: Dec 20, 2006
Posted on: September 14, 2011 12:58 pm
 

Poll: Pierzynski 'meanest' MLB player

I can't say it's surprising that Pierzynski isn't well liked by his peers. That's been common knowledge for a while ... but, "meanest?" Really?
Good point


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