Alex Rodriguez, Joba Chamberlain, Derek Jeter 'Most Overrated' in Baseball? Please.

Joba to pollster: Rate THIS!
It isn't often that the Daily News gets something like this right, but the cover story "Bronx Jeers! Jealous Nit-Wits Rip Yankees Stars in Player Poll" has it down.

In the current issue of Sports Illustrated, three Yankees are the answer to the question "Who is the most overrated player in baseball?" The anonymous poll took in 185 major league players. A-Rod got 18 percent, Joba Chamberlain 12 percent, and Derek Jeter 7 percent. Joba's response, I think, was the best: "I'm disappointed that I'm not number one."

Chamberlain added, "My bills are still paid and I still have a job." And "I could care less as long as I'm still getting outs and doing the things I should do." Actually, Joba has been doing okay lately. In 26 innings pitched, he has given up 19 hits, struck out 22, and walked just six. Who, exactly, is overrating him?

For that matter, who's been doing the overrating of A-Rod and Jeter that these players are supposedly responding to? Or do they simply mean that all three are "overhyped" simply by virtue of playing in New York? Alex Rodriguez has won two MVP awards since coming to the Yankees — how is he "overrated"? By what standard? Jeter hit .270 last year and is hitting only .264 as we go to press. What that means is that he's getting old (37 in June) and he can't do the job he once did. Stated simply, from last season so far through this one, he hasn't been very good. But how does that mean that he's "overrated"?

What it means, I'm afraid, is exactly what the Daily News cover says it does: Some of the people voting in this poll are jealous nit-wits. It means that even though Jeter has compiled a .313 career BA, has scored at least 100 runs in 13 of 15 full seasons, is approaching 3,000 hits, and has five World Series rings, he is, in the estimation of some of his peers, getting too many lucrative endorsements.

Oh, and how many players felt that way? Thirteen, not one of whom has had the guts to go public, think Jeter is overrated. Doesn't SI think that maybe this is a little thin?

And if they wanted a realistic poll, why not exclude Yankees from the poll and see what the numbers were like then? I like Jeter's response to this: "I've got no comment on anonymous polls." I also like A-Rod's response on being asked if he was one of the players who participated in the poll: "I have too much respect for anyone who wears a major league uniform." I recently took my own anonymous poll among baseball writers, and 100 percent thought that SI's is the most overrated poll in sports polling.

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This article is a typical example of the Yankee Nation (fans,YES network commentators, and a alarming amount of journalists who cover the team yes that includes The Daily News) favorite defense mechanism: When a player,players, or the team in general is questioned in any manner we all must endure a history lesson.  But lets face facts Joba is slightly above average reliever.  Nothing more.  If he was in Toronto or Florida would we be raving about his stats(pre-seasoning ending injury)?  I highly doubt it.  Granted he is still young and has the stuff as time goes by he's looking less and less like Goose Gossage and more like Bobby Jenks. I say Bobby Jenks beecause of the similar build and I remember Jenks coming up throwing 97-100 with that curveball and being untouchable and then in following seasons never being able to maintain that unhittable stuff. Alot like Joba.  As for Mr. Jeter, I have always believed that if you didn't watch him everyday in his prime years it would be easy to think he was over-rated.  I mean aside from the rings and now the 3000 hits, if you look at his lifetime numbers there"s nothing that really jumps off the page at you. Don't get me wrong!! He has had at least 3 seasons where he could/should  have won the MVP. But he has never had a year where you can honestly say that he was the best player in baseball.  New York has made him a god.  Now that he is in a decline, Yankee fans and Derek himself should understand that .270 10 50 are about where he's at from here on out. And judging by last season and the first half this year the end is not gonna be pretty. Might wanna close your eyes kids!! And now last but never least dear A-Rod. Up until i would say about 3 years ago I always thought that Alex was either tremendously over-rated or inexplicably under-rated. He has the misfourtune of not being Jeter so Yankee Nation will never truly except him regardess of the MVP's,his ring,his pursuit of the home run record or 3000 hits. And he is in a steep decline.  I would think hos 40-42 seasons will look something like .250 18-20 65 for 30 million and do you see him at 3rd then? Unless his magic juice becomes legal he will be an albatross for the yankees in the next couple of years.  Yes they are over-rated!!


People think Derek Jeter is overrated because of articles like this: Can't blame them either.  Teams win championships, not single players. Favorite statistic: Jeter has grounded into more double plays (239) than he has home runs (237). Intangibles indeed.

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