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All Overrated Team
by Joseph Pancho Bradley
While many sports writers are out there writing happy articles about how there are many unsung heroes of baseball, guys who do the little stuff well and get no credit, I'm here to write a second article about something that is overrated, because, well, I'm a hater. And let's get to it.
- Catcher-A.J Pierzynski
It was the trend a year ago to bag on this guy, and now it's the trend to love him since he won the World Series. Well with a .319 and a .308 OBP in 2004 and 2005, respectively, I choose to stick on the "bag" bandwagon. Those numbers wouldn't be too bad if he were a defensive specialist, but he is not.
- First Baseman-Ryan Klesko
His numbers aren't all that bad, but he is overrated in the fact that A) He is terrible at defense (no matter where you put him) B) He has only drove in 100 runs once (and that is not good for a LF or 1B) C) He is not clutch and D) You could get a lot more production from that position for a much cheaper price ($9 million).
- Second Baseman-Robinson Cano
Alfonso Soriano would go here, but for the moment he is a LF so I had to go with Cano. Cano is the scapegoat that all Yankee fans use when someone brings up how bad their farm is, and they act like he is the next Honus Wagner, but in reality he looks like the next Adam Kennedy. Not spectacular at anything, but decent at all levels. Nothing against Cano, but he is always brought up by Yankees fans.
- Third Baseman-Adrian Beltre
Easy pick here. This guy had 1 good season in '04 (.344 Avg .388 OBP 48 HR 121 RBI) but other then that everyone has been waiting for him to "breakout". The only thing that's breaking is the Mariners lineup with his inability to walk (38 in 05) and high strikeout level (108 in 05).
- Shortstop-Angel Berroa and Orlando Cabrera
Both are talked about how great they are and both are rather terrible at the plate. The past 2 seasons Berroa has 41 walks, 195 strikeouts and a .306 OBP, while Cabrera had 77 walks 104 strikeouts and a .305 OBP, which are terrible stats. Also both have not so good defense and if anyone tells you any different, don't believe them!
- Left Field-Preston Wilson
He has had 2 good seasons (2000 and 2003) but guess what? He doesn't get on base and strikeout a lot. He has struck out nearly 3 times more then he has walked in his career, and has only had an OBP over .350 in a full season once, which was exactly .350, in his first full year as a starter (1999).
- Center Field-Andruw Jones
This was the hardest position to pick, because there was no clear cut winner, just a bunch of guys who kind of fit the profile of overrated. I chose Jones though because he's not much of an average hitter (.267 lifetime) and strikes out about 122 times a year (and as you can see I don't like people who strike out a lot). He does, however, have amazing defense.
- Right Field-J.D. Drew
This guy is more fragile then a Faberge egg. He has only had one healthy season in 04, and guess what; it was his contract year (landing him a sweet 5-year $55 million deal). Other then that he has hit over 20 dingers and batting over .300 once (both in 01 but with only 109 games) and seems to be like a dead-beat dad with all his unfulfilled promises.
- Pitcher-Kris Benson
I suppose this is a bit redundant, but Kris Benson is overrated. Only once has he had an ERA under 4 (3.85 in 2000) but somehow managed to fandangle a 3-year $22.5 million deal from the Mets a year ago. Oh yea was the #1 overall pick in 1996 amateur draft.
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