A-Rod: Still the man to beat

August, 23, 2012
8/23/12
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When you talk about baseball's unbreakable records -- DiMaggio's 56-game hitting streak, Ryan's seven no-hitters, Cy Young's 511 wins -- it is only fair to include Alex Rodriguez's remarkable streak of being baseball's most vilified player ... by his fellow ballplayers.

Hot on the heels of being voted baseball's MOP -- Most Overrated Player -- in a Sports Illustrated poll back in May, and another by Men's Journal that named him baseball's MHP -- Most Hated Player -- in June comes word that A-Rod has topped another anonymous SI poll: according to the magazine, he is also baseball's biggest phony, whatever that means. A-Rod "won" the poll with a whopping 26 percent of the vote.

These are the kind of honors the Yankees third baseman, currently sidelined with a broken hand, seems to win on an annual basis, which begs the question: Where will the next A-Rod come from? Who are baseball's up-and-coming overrated phonies? Or is his truly an act that will never be topped?

Perhaps the answer is in the poll itself: The runner-up in the voting is none other than the Yankees' own Nick Swisher, who garnered 14 percent. Swisher also ran second to A-Rod in the MHP voting. Is Swish poised to make a run at the man at the top?
Wallace Matthews has covered New York sports since 1983 as a reporter, columnist, radio host and TV commentator. He covers the Yankees for ESPNNewYork.com after working for Newsday, the New York Post, the New York Sun and ESPN New York 98.7 FM.
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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Masahiro Tanaka
WINS ERA SO IP
12 2.51 135 129
OTHER LEADERS
BAB. Gardner .283
HRM. Teixeira 18
RBIM. Teixeira 50
RB. Gardner 67
OPSB. Gardner .812
ERAM. Tanaka 2.51
SOM. Tanaka 135