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MLB players think Bryce Harper is the most overrated in all of baseball

Mar 24, 2014, 9:48 AM EDT

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ESPN the Magazine has joined in the increasingly common “let’s anonymously poll a hundred or two players and ask them who’s overrated” game. Except none of these things ever define what overrated means. Heck, I don’t know that anyone who talks about overrated/underrated knows what they really mean when they say that. Really, these kinds of polls are totally overrated.

Anyway, the players think that Bryce Harper is the most overrated. Which suggests to me that what most of these guys think of as “overrated” is really “overhyped” or “overreported.” I say this because I don’t get the sense that the general assessment of Harper’s skills are out of line with what he’s done thus far, especially at his young age. Also, they rate A-Rod as the third most overrated player, and who is rating A-Rod all that highly these days? It’s all about spilled ink, methinks, not what people actually think of them vis a vis their qualities as ballplayers.

  1. braddavery - Mar 24, 2014 at 9:22 PM

    Guess who has the 4th highest OPS in the history of baseball before the age of 21. One hint, it’s not Mike Trout.

  2. 6stn - Mar 24, 2014 at 10:28 PM

    Does the winner of this award receive the Brad Komminsk Trophy?

  3. thenaturalmevs - Mar 24, 2014 at 10:42 PM

    I love Bryce Harper. I’m naming my first born after him. And even I think ‘overrated’ perfectly describes his career so far. He’s been good – not even close to what we thought he would be. There’s still time, sure. But I thought he would be the one putting up Trout numbers (minus a few steals).

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