Top 50 Overrated MLB Players

50. Jorge Posada
50. Jorge Posada
50. "His 15 HR and 60 RBI career average is middle of the road. Posada receives more credit than he deserves." - Shaun McPartlin. Team: New York Yankees, Position: Catcher, Ending Salary: $13M. (credit: By LISA BLUMENFELD/Getty Images)
49. David Ortiz
49. David Ortiz
49. "Any player who uses a substance to gain a competitive edge has to have their stats looked at with a grain of salt." - McPartlin. Team: Boston RedSox, Position: First Baseman and Designated Hitter, Salary: $64.5M/ 5yrs. (credit: By NICK LAHAM/Getty Images)
48.  Alfonso Soriano
48. Alfonso Soriano
48. "His BA, RBI and stolen base total has continued to slide throughout the years, which only hurts his Cub squad that needs him to play like the stud he once was." - McPartlin. Team: Chicago Cubs, Position: Second Baseman and Leftfielder, Ending Salary: $136M/ 8yrs. (credit: By JARED WICKERHAM/Getty Images)
47.  Cliff Lee
47. Cliff Lee
47. "Overall, his body of work is sometimes overhyped due to his knack for coming up big in the postseason." - McPartlin. Team: Philadelphia Phillies, Position: Pitcher, Ending Salary: $24M/ yrly. (credit: By CHRISTIAN PETERSEN/Getty Images)
46.  Jason Varitek
46. Jason Varitek
46. "Varitek is neither a marvel with the bat nor the glove. He is a career .258 hitter and only throws out 24 percent of base stealers." - Mc Partlin. Team: Boston Red Sox, Position: Catcher, Ending Salary: $2M/ yr. (credit: By JIM MCISSAC/Getty Images)
45.   Jose Canseco
45. Jose Canseco
45. "Ah, a self-proclaimed juicer. How could he not be overrated? Sure, he hit 40 HR three times in his career, but he did it by cheating. He could have been a star just on his natural ability, but that was not the case." - McPartlin. Team: Chicago White Sox, Positions: Outfielder and Designated Hitter, Ending Salary $46M. (credit: By CHRISTIAN PETERSEN/Getty Images)
44.  Scott Brosius
44. Scott Brosius
44. " He was just your run-of-the-mill third baseman." - McPartlin. Team: New York Yankees, Positions: Third Baseman, Outfielder and First Baseman, Ending Salary: 5.25 M/1yr. (credit: By HEATHER HALL/AFP/Getty Images)
43.  Brady Anderson
43. Brady Anderson
43. "Brady Anderson had one good season. In 1996, he hit .297 with 50 HR." - McPartlin. Team: Cleveland Indians, Position: Outfielder, Ending Salary: $200k. (credit: By DAVID SEELIG /Getty Images)
42.  Chuck Finley
42. Chuck Finley
42. "Finley was overrated due to the fact that he dominated the team that was covered the most in the media. In reality, he was nothing more than ordinary, unless he was pitching in the Bronx." - McPartlin. Team: Cardinals, Position: Pitcher, Ending Salary: $40M (credit: By SCOTT ROVAK/AFP/Getty Images)
41.  Phil Rizzuto
41. Phil Rizzuto
41. "A great glove, but a less than stellar bat." - McPartlin. Team: New York Yankees, Position: Shortstop, Ending Salary: $205k. (credit: By BRUCE BENNETT STUDIOS/Getty Images)
40.  Lou Brock
40. Lou Brock
40. "Brock was an average outfielder at best and lacked in the power department. For an outfielder, an average of nine home runs per season is extremely low." - McPartlin. Team: St. Louis Cardinals, Position: Leftfielder, Ending Salary: 150k/yr. (credit: By DOUG BENC/Getty Images)
39.  Jonathan Papelbon
39. Jonathan Papelbon
39. "Papelbon has been an elite closer for only four years and has already begun to regress. That fact alone makes him overrated." - McPartlin. Team: Boston Red Sox, Position: Pitcher, Ending Salary: $12M/ yr. (credit: By AL BELLO/Getty Images)
38.  Vernon Wells
38. Vernon Wells
38. "For someone being paid $126 million, you would expect more than a .279 career BA." - McPartlin. Team: Los Angeles Angels, Position: Outfielder, Ending Salary: $26.2M. (credit: By JIM OGASH/Getty Images)
37.  Joe Torre
37. Joe Torre
37. "Joe Torre's managerial accomplishments are vastly overhyped." - McPartlin. Team: Mets, Positions: Catcher, First Baseman and Third Baseman, Ending Salary $920k (credit: By JIM MCISAAC/Getty Images)
36.  Kirk Gibson
36. Kirk Gibson
36. "Gibson put together a decent career, but his one swing in the 1988 World Series outshines his run-of-the-mill totals." - McPartlin. Team: Pirates, Position: Outfielder, Ending Salary: $15.7M. (credit: By CHRISTIAN PETERSEN/Getty Images)
35.  Johnny Sain
35. Johnny Sain
35. "Sain was overrated due to the inflation of pitching feats and the teams he pitched for." - McPartlin. Team: Athletics, Position: Pitcher, Salary: Undetermined. (credit: By MLB Photos via Getty Images)
33.  Brooks Robinson
33. Brooks Robinson
33. "Robinson was one of the best-fielding third basemen ever to man the hot corner, but that was all he could do." - McPartlin Team: Baltimore Orioles, Position: Third Baseman, Ending Salary: $856k. (credit: By MLB Photo via Getty Images)
34.  Bernie Williams
34. Bernie Williams
34. " When the Yankees were at their best, Bernie was an integral part of the equation, but over time, his bat couldn't overshadow the fact that his arm was a wet noodle in the outfield." - McPartlin. Team: New York Yankees, Position: Centerfielder, Ending Salary: $103M. (credit: By ANDREW BURTON/Getty Images)
32.  Wade Boggs
32. Wade Boggs
32. "He became more known for his glove. If he could have continued his hitting dominance, and added some much-needed pop in his bat, he could have missed this list." - McPartlin. Team: Tampa Bay Devil Rays, Position: Third Baseman, Ending Salary: $32.4M. (credit: By DAN LEVINE/AFP/Getty Images)
31.  Edgar Martinez
31. Edgar Martinez
31. "Edgar Martinez could do one thing—hit. The fact that he had one job and one job only, makes him overrated." - McPartlin. Team: Seattle Mariners, Postion: First Baseman, Ending Salary: $41M.(credit: By JEFF GROSS/Getty Images)
30. Sammy Sosa
30. Sammy Sosa
30. "Sammy Sosa is another star with a tarnished record. How can we credit him with his 66 HR in the epic home run chase of 1998 if he used PED's? " - McPartlin. Team: Texas Rangers, Position: Designated Hitter, Ending Salary: $124M. (credit: By RONALD MARTINEZ/Getty Images)
29. Denny McLain
29. Denny McLain
29. "McLain still is the last pitcher and probably will be, the final hurler to eclipse 30 wins in a season, but take that outlier away and McLain is easily overlooked. " - McPartlin. Team: Atlanta Braves, Position: Pitcher, Salary: Undetermined. (credit: By LOUIS REQUENA / MLB Photos via Getty Images )
28.  Mike Mussina
28. Mike Mussina
28. "McLain still is the last pitcher and probably will be, the final hurler to eclipse 30 wins in a season, but take that outlier away and McLain is easily overlooked. " - McPartlin. Team: New York Yankees, Position: Pitcher, Ending Salary: 300M. (credit: By RONALD MARTINEZ/Getty Images)
27.  Larry Walker
27. Larry Walker
27. "Coors Field is infamous for making a player's statistics look much more impressive due to the simple fact that it is such a hitters' ballpark. Walker was a great baseball player, but he is overrated since his numbers look so good on paper because he called Colorado his home." - McPartlin. Team: St. Louis Cardinals, Positions: Rightfielder and First Baseman, Ending Salary: $110M. (credit: By STEPHEN DUNN/Getty Images)
26.  Ken Caminiti
26. Ken Caminiti
26. "After admitting to the use of steroids during his career, his life was cut short due to a heart attack. It is a shame that such a gifted athlete decided to cheat, and for that reason, Caminiti ends up on the overrated list." - McPartlin. Team: Texas Rangers, Position: Third Baseman, Ending Salary $37.7M. (credit: By STEPHEN DUNN/Getty Images)
25.  Omar Vizquel
25. Omar Vizquel
25. "If not for his defensive abilities, Vizquel would be just another face in the crowd. He is as much of a one-dimensional player as they come, and for that reason, he is just overrated." - McPartlin. Team: Chicago White Sox, Positions: Shortstop and Third Baseman, Ending Salary: $60.7M. (credit: By DAVID BANKS/Getty Images)
24.  Richie Ashburn
24. Richie Ashburn
24. "He was average in center field—his career fielding percentage was .983, which is rather low—and made far too many errors." - McPartlin. Team: New York Mets, Position: Centerfielder, Ending Salary: Undetermined. (credit: By MLB Photo via Getty Images)
23.  Ralph Kiner
23. Ralph Kiner
23. "Home runs will get you into the Hall of Fame, especially when you hit as many as Kiner did during the 40s and 50s, but if that is all you have to your name, you are just another overrated power bat." - McPartlin. Team: Pittsburgh Pirates, Positions: Leftfielder and First Baseman, Ending Salary: $515K. (credit: By TOMASSO DEROSA/Getty Images)
22.  Ozzie Smith
22. Ozzie Smith
22. "He was a mediocre hitter with only one season with an average over .300. His career mark was only .262. Take away the glove, and Smith was nothing out of the ordinary." - McPartlin. Team: St. Louis Cardinals, Position: Shortstop, Ending Salary: $31.4k. (credit: By PETER NEWCOMB/AFP/Getty Images)
21.  Phil Niekro
21. Phil Niekro
21. " Niekro might have won 318 games, but he did lose 274. He also lost 20 games in a season just as many times as he won that many. He only lost fewer than 10 games in three seasons. If it weren't for his ability to pitch until his arm fell off, would Niekro even be in the Hall of Fame? " - McPartlin. Team: Atlanta Braves, Position: Pitcher, Ending Salary: $900k. (credit: By DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)
20.  Dave Stewart
20. Dave Stewart
20. "Stewart had spurts of greatness, but was average throughout the rest of his career. Consistency makes you a great player. Glimpses of greatness makes you overrated. " - McPartlin. Team: Oakland Athletics, Position: Pitcher, Ending Salary $19.8M (credit: By JED JACOBSOHN/Getty Images)
19.  Jason Giambi
19. Jason Giambi
19. " Add another cheater to the list. After he laid off the juice and moved to New York, where the media got a hold of him, Giambi was nothing more than just a power hitter. He never hit over .300 again and spent time on the DL. " - McPartlin. Team: Colorado Rockies, Positions: First Baseman and Leftfielder, Ending Salary: $1M/ yrly. (credit: By CHRISTIAN PETERSEN/Getty Images)
18.  Thurman Munson
18. Thurman Munson
18. "Sadly, Munson is glorified for how his life ended, which seems to inflate his play. " - McPartlin. Team: New York Yankees, Position: Catcher, Ending Salary: $313K. (credit: By MLB Photo via Getty Images )
17.  Bucky Dent
17. Bucky Dent
17. "Bucky Dent was remembered for one thing and one thing only: his home run that took down the hated Red Sox." - McPartlin. Team: Kansas City Royals, Position: Shortstop, Salary: Undetermined(credit: By JIM CISAAC/Getty Images)
16.  Pee Wee Reece
16. Pee Wee Reece
16. "In 1941, Reese had a fielding percentage of .946 and committed 45 errors. This was below the league average which was .951. He was not much of a hitter, either, as his career BA of .269 speaks volumes to that. He was not much of a hitter, either, as his career BA of .269 speaks volumes to that. " - McPartlin. Team: Los Angeles Dodgers, Positions: Shortstop and Third Baseman, Salary: Undetermined (credit: By MLB Photos via Getty Images)
15.  Joe Carter
15. Joe Carter
15. "Joe Carter is remembered solely for his play in the World Series. Take that away and he was nothing more than a power hitter who benefited from playing half of his games in the SkyDome. " - McPartlin. Team: Los Angeles Dodgers, Positions: Outfielder and First Baseman, Ending Salary: $47M. (credit: By OTTO GREULE JR./Getty Images)
14.  Barry Zito
14. Barry Zito
14. "After signing his $126 million deal, he has been a shell of his former self. His ERA has never been lower than four and he has only had two winning seasons and he earned them by the skin of his teeth. " - McPartlin. Team: San Francisco Giants, Position: Pitcher, Ending Salary: $79.6M. (credit: By JEFF GROSS/Getty Images)
13.  Nomar Garciaparra
13. Nomar Garciaparra
13. "After the 2000 season, Garciaparra was never the same. The rest of his career was ravaged by injuries. If he could have stayed healthy, who knows what he could have become, but even though he only had those four successful years, he is still looked at as one of the premier shortstops we have seen. For that reason, Nomar is overrated. " - McPartlin. Team: Oakland Atheletics, Positions: Shortstop, First Baseman and Third Baseman, Ending Salary:$78.5M (credit: By STEPHEN DUNN/Getty Images)
12.  Mike Piazza
12. Mike Piazza
12. "In 1993 he caught 35 percent of base stealers, but that was only in his second year at the bigs. After that, it was all downhill." - McPartlin. Team Oakland Athletics, Positions: Catcher and First Baseman, Ending Salary $120M. (credit: By OTTO GREULE JR /Getty Images)
11.  Jack Clark
11. Jack Clark
11. After he broke the bank with the Yanks though, it was all downhill. He hit .242 with the Yankees and never could recreate his glory days with the Cards." - McPArtlin. Team: New York Yankees, Positions: Rightfielder and First Baseman, Ending Salary: $16M. Jack Clark (credit: By RICK STEWART/Getty Images)
10.  Mark McGwire
10. Mark McGwire
10. "McGwire falls into the same boat. A cheater is a cheater, and for that reason, he doesn't deserve to be in the same breath as those who didn't take the easy way out. " - McPartlin. Team: St. Louis Cardinals, Position: First Baseman, Ending Salary: $75M.(credit: By DOUG BENC/Getty Images)
9.  Hideo Nomo
9. Hideo Nomo
9. "In reality, Nomo had two stellar seasons with the Dodgers, but that is all." - McPartlin. Team: Kansas City Royals, Position: Pitcher, Ending Salary: $35M. (credit: By JUSTIN SULLIVAN/Getty Images)
8.  Darryl Strawberry
8. Darryl Strawberry
8. "Darryl Strawberry could have been great. He had potential oozing out of his ears, but because of his poor choices, he is just another overrated bust. " - McPartlin. Team: New York Yankees, Position: Rightfielder, Ending Salary: $31M. (credit: By AL BELLO/Getty Images)
7.  Don Mattingly
7. Don Mattingly
7. "It was a shame for how good he was, that he could never lead his team into the postseason until his final season in 1995, but that season ended at the hands of the Seattle Mariners." - McPartlin. Team: New York Yankees, Positions: First Baseman and Outfielder, Ending Salary: $30M. (credit: By JIM MCISAAC/Getty Images)
6.  Mo Vaughn
6. Mo Vaughn
6. "For all of his hitting accomplishments, Vaughn was a miserable first baseman. His fielding percentage for his career was .988 and he committed 139 errors." - McPartlin. Team: New York Mets, Position: First Baseman, Ending Salary: $100M. (credit: By MLB Photos via ALLSPORT/ALLSPORT/Getty Images)
5.  Pete Rose
5. Pete Rose
5. "He seemed to continue playing even when he was a mere shell of what he was during his prime. " - McPartlin. Team: Cincinnati Reds, Positions: Outfielder, First Baseman and Third Baseman, Ending Salary: $8M.(credit: By STEPHEN DUNN/Getty Images)
4. Don Sutton
4. Don Sutton
4. " f Sutton didn't pitch into his 40s, there is no way he would have reached the heights that he did. Longevity played a major role in Sutton's success, not necessarily his all-around skill. " - McPartlin Team Oakland Athletics, Position: Pitcher, Salary: Undetermined. (credit: By Getty Images)
3.  Carl Yastrzemski
3. Carl Yastrzemski
3. "If you remove his 1967 season that thrust him into immortality, Yastrzemski was really, well, average. " - McPartlin. \ Team: Boston Red Sox, Positions: Leftfielder and First Baseman, Ending Salary: Undetermined. (credit: By AL BELLO/Getty Images)
2.  Roger Maris
2. Roger Maris
2. " Maris will always be remembered for his magical season in 1961, but remove that from his career, and there isn't much to write home about." - McPartlin. Team: St. Louis Cardinals, Position: Rightfielder, Salary: Undetermined. (credit: By MLB Photo via Getty Images)
1.  Nolan Ryan
1. Nolan Ryan
1. "Ryan mowed down hitters at an electrifying rate. He was the ideal strikeout pitcher and did win over 300 games, but it is not too much to say that this ace was overrated. " - McPartlin. Team: Texas Rangers, Position: Pitcher, Ending Salary: $20M. (credit: By RICK STEWART/Getty Images)
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