White People Love Lists – Overrated Players

Don't blame me. YOU signed me.

Sport Illustrated’s July 19th issue will be featuring an MLB players poll concerning the most overrated players in the Majors. Now, it’s a widely known fact that white people (the majority of MLB fans) love lists. The reason is simple; white people love to argue. Here’s how the players voted in order of most overrated:

  1. Joba Chamberlain 12%
  2. Alex Rodriguez 5%
  3. Gary Matthews Jr. 5%
  4. Nick Swisher 4%
  5. JD Drew 3%

As you may be able to tell it looks like the players are just as fed up with the East Coast bias as us regular folk. All players from this list were playing for a NY or Boston team at one point this year. Matthews Jr. has since been released by the Mets and is playing for the Reds organization currently.

Now, according to SI, Rodriguez is the only one in the top 5 that has more than one All-Star appearance. If they aren’t making the All-Star game, how can they be overrated? Well, since the voters in this poll were fellow Major Leaguers I would believe that they consider their salaries to overrate them. The daily ménage à trois between the Yankees, Red Sox and popular media outlets probably doesn’t help either.

I won’t go into too many details concerning the SI list but I will say that I agree with most of it with the exception of Rodriguez (sorry, he’s rated as a HOF and produces like one). JD Drew currently has one 100 RBI season. You know how many RBIs he had? Exactly 100. He’s never been known as a guy who exceeded what’s asked of him. He also has exceeded 100 runs only once as well. That’s not very impressive for a guy that’s almost made $100 million in career earnings.

To put that in perspective, Raul Ibanez has four 100+ RBI seasons and has earned about $48 mil over his criminally underrated career. Half that of JD Drew.

SI has their overrated list so why wouldn’t The Been Stew have one of their own as well? Here’s some water cooler talk for your Monday coffee next week. Picks in no particular order:

  1. Rich Harden – His career is on the same path as the Chicago Cubs franchise; This. Is. The year! GMs will always love the strikeout, excluding whoever employs Dave Duncan as their pitching coach. Therefore, Rich Harden will always have a MLB salary. Harden has two career CG in 140 GS. Call me when he pitches past 5 innings and I’ll take him off the list.
  2. Jacoby Ellsbury – I’ve ranted about this guy several times before in conversation and I’ve always started and finished my point with this: Jacoby Ellsbury, as the Red Sox lead off hitter, has never scored 100 runs in a season. Take Jacoby’s unit out of your mouth, Randy Booth.
  3. Stephen Drew – You’d think, as a Drew, that someone would want to distance themselves from the reputation their older brother has laid out before them. Lil’ Stevie doesn’t seem to agree. Another 1st round draft pick, Stephen appears pretty content with spattering one good year in here or there in order to secure their next contract. GMs the world over will be saying, “Hey, remember that one year?!? Just think if he did that again!”
  4. Jeff Francoeur – Yeah, the guy has a gun in RF and his rookie season bought him a lot of reputation. He also can’t hit anymore. Or take a goddamn walk for that matter. Francoeur’s full season walk totals: 23, 42, 39, 23. The kid’s still young but one would have to think that the book on Francoeur has sold more copies than the Bible.
  5. Juan Pierre – Teams in search of an experienced lead off hitter will ensure Pierre a job next year. I’m sure of it. I posed this question to my fantasy league about a month ago: Juan Pierre will likely score over 1000 runs in his career. Will Pierre have the largest discrepancy between RBIs and Runs for anyone scoring 1000+ career runs. Is a career .368 SLG% enough for a guy that made 10 million/year as recent as 2009?
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