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Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Journalism Is Very Overrated

I stumbled across this article the other day on

Oooohh, tough guy The Year's Most Overrated Players
by Dayn Perry

If they were a band, they'd be Coldplay. Yep, it's the top 10 most overrated players for 2005 ...

1. Scott Podsednik, LF, White Sox
2. Carlos Beltran, CF, Mets
3. Hank Blalock, 3B, Rangers
4. Kevin Millar, 1B, Red Sox
5. Victor Zambrano, SP, Mets
6. C.C. Sabathia, SP, Indians
7. Zack Greinke, SP, Royals
8. Ichiro Suzuki, RF, Mariners
9. Sean Casey, 1B, Reds
10. Ryan Klesko, LF, Padres

Some points of my own:
1) "Dayn"-- I'm guessing that's like "Taylor Dayne", only a bit less masculine?
2) "If they were a band, they'd be Coldplay." Yeah, and if they were a weak-ass writing cliché, they'd be the "I think this is a hep band reference" analogy (already adequately discussed in Can't Stop The Bleeding's "Worst SportsCenter Analogy Of All-Time" post from a week ago).
3) Ichiro's production might be down this year, but one of the primary objectives in baseball is getting hits, and when you look at the players who have had the most hits in one major league season, Ichiro is the only one on there who played after 1930. If someone is expecting him to hit 50 home runs then they're the one with the problem.
4) Who's even rating guys like Ryan Klesko, never mind over-rating him?

I read a ton of articles everyday written by dipshits like Dayn (is it just "Dan", or "Dane"? Never mind, it's gay either way)-- guys who have a certain amount of space to fill every week, so the sooner they come up with some stupid idea the better. A lot of it is 20/20 hindsight on past trades and draft picks that they probably approved of when they first took place, or fake "edgy" stuff like "Why no one wants to play on the same team with so-and-so" that they make up just to appear controversial. Hey, I'm full of crap most of the time, too, but I'm not a trained professional-- I'm doing this just as a goof.

For example: (exit stage right...)