A-Rod, Swisher Voted Among MLB’s Most Hated In Player Poll; Joba Most Overrated
NEW YORK (WFAN) — Surprise, surprise: Alex Rodriguez isn’t beloved among his peers.
The slugger, who continued his assault on the record books Tuesday night, was voted by 100 big-league baseball players as the sport’s second-most hated star (10 percent) behind White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski (34 percent) in a “secret survey” by Men’s Journal.
And look who came in third with 9 percentage points: jovial Yankees outfielder Nick Swisher.
“Everything about (Swisher) is annoying, from his mannerisms to his always wanting to ‘bro’ it down,” an unnamed American League veteran told the magazine. “Being around him is just exhausting.”
The full results will be released in the July 2012 issue of Men’s Journal, scheduled to hit newsstands June 15.
Injured Yankees reliever Joba Chamberlain took home the unflattering prize of “most overrated.”
“If Joba didn’t play in New York, no one would know him,” one player said.
That’s not all. New York was also voted as the city with the third-most obnoxious fans, behind San Francisco and Philadelphia.
The results on A-Rod and Chamberlain weren’t exactly surprising. They ranked first and second last season in a Sports Illustrated poll of baseball’s most overrated players (also voted on by MLB peers).
Rodriguez came in No. 9 earlier this year in a Forbes survey of America’s most disliked athletes.
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