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  • micsmith
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    Here are the most underrated players from last year. Just check out some of their stats.

    Chad Tracy
    Kyle Farnsworth
    Jorge Sosa – I think he had the best winning percentage in the NL
    Tony Clark – 30 home runs in how many at bats?! And he hit over .300 This guy was THE MOST UNDERRATED in baseball last year
    Ryan Freel
    Brian Fuentes – this guy kept his ERA under 3.00 in Coors
    Dan Wheeler – better than Lidge? More innings, lower ERA, fewer walks
    Doug Davis – 200 Ks
    Chris Capuano
    Jorge Reyes
    Kenny Lofton – I know he’s a fading star, but didn’t he have the highest batting average of anyone with at least 150 at bats last year?
    Placido Polanco
    Brett Myers – 200 Ks
    Chase Utley
    Adam Fultz
    Zack Duke
    Scott Linebrink – way better than Trevor Hoffman last year
    Mike Timlin
    Jermane Dye – didn’t he win the World Series MVP? Still had an underrated season.
    Jorge Cantu
    Julio Lugo
    Eddie Guardado – good comeback
    Rich Harden
    Justin Duchscherer – I know he was an all-star, but no one knew who he was at midseason (and still seems like no one knows who he his since being overshadowed by Huston Street)
    Mark Ellis
    Scott Shields
    Garret Anderson – I just think this guy is underrated all-together
    Chone Figgins
    Rondell White
    Carlos Guillen – had a great year for the time that he was healthy
    Dustin Hermanson – even though he’s on the champs, I never hear anyone mention him
    Luis Ayala
    Jae Seo
    Hector Carrasco
    Salomon Torres
    Bob Howry
    Juan Rincon
    Carlos Silva – I want to see if this guy can go a whole season without walking anyone
    Cliff Lee – best winning percentage in the AL
    Jesse Crain
    Tom Gordon – I feel he was underrated for what he did last year
    Omar Vizquel – he just keeps plugging away despite living in a time of the super shortstops
    Todd Jones – I guess I never felt like he got enough credit for his accomplishments last season
    Derrick Turnbow – same as Todd Jones

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  • Williamsburg2599
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    Originally posted by GiambiJuice
    Varitek gets more publicity than Posada.
    Publicity and Respect are two diffrent things.Dennis Rodman got a lot of publicity too

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  • Evangelion
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    Originally posted by kckid2599
    IMO, Jason Varitek still doesnt get the respect he deserves. I think hes a much better player than Posada.He is much more valuabe to his team.
    If anything, Victor Martinez doesn't get the respect he deserves for the numbers he's been posting. Even have a miserable start to last season, he still rebound and put solid numbers up. If asked, I have to say Victor Martinez is the best catcher in MLB at the moment.

    V-tek brings over qualities to table such as leadership and how he works with the pitchers. Not too familar in Martinez in those type of qualities.

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  • MyDogSparty
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    I'm going to second whoever voted for Grady Sizemore.

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  • GiambiJuice
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    Originally posted by kckid2599
    IMO, Jason Varitek still doesnt get the respect he deserves. I think hes a much better player than Posada.He is much more valuabe to his team.
    Varitek gets more publicity than Posada.

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  • Williamsburg2599
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    IMO, Jason Varitek still doesnt get the respect he deserves. I think hes a much better player than Posada.He is much more valuabe to his team.

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  • BristolBoy
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    Originally posted by giantsalltheway16
    I don't think Randy Winn is talked about too much. He has put up pretty solid numbers his whole career but had a breakout half-season with Da Jints last year. If he keeps it up, you KNOW he will be much more in the public eye (especially being on the same team as The Great Mr. Bonds).
    That, and the dude hit for the cycle last year.

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  • Mattingly
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    Originally posted by Evangelion
    I don't recall saying Expos fans didn't adore him or even know he existed. Outside of Montreal, you think people really knew how good of a baseball player Vlad? Sorry, but a few fans of other teams that came to see him play and adore him don't make up the majority or make Vlad very well known outside Montreal.
    When he was a free agent, after his back injury, it was said that if the Yankees had gotten him, that would've been totally unfair to the other teams. This was said by both AL & NL fans alike.

    He was well-known as amongst the finest players, both defensively (especially that bazooka arm), as well as offensively, re his slugging.

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  • YOUgodofwalks
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    Originally posted by Evangelion
    I don't recall saying Expos fans didn't adore him or even know he existed. Outside of Montreal, you think people really knew how good of a baseball player Vlad? Sorry, but a few fans of other teams that came to see him play and adore him don't make up the majority or make Vlad very well known outside Montreal.

    I think I have to disagree with you on this point, Evangelion, even when he was back in Montreal I would have conversations with just casual baseball fans, who could only name a few major players per team, and they would say over and over how good he was, his arm, his bat, his stealing.

    Or maybe just people from Massachusetts are more knowledgeable about baseball (I don't really think this is true.)

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  • Dravecky43
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    I don't think Randy Winn is talked about too much. He has put up pretty solid numbers his whole career but had a breakout half-season with Da Jints last year. If he keeps it up, you KNOW he will be much more in the public eye (especially being on the same team as The Great Mr. Bonds).

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  • E.Banks#14
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    Originally posted by Ontarioguy
    I think an even better example, is Orlando Cabrera. He didn't get the praise he deserved until he won the WS with Boston. Despite his gold glove, no one knew how good he was until then.
    And he's yet again out of the public eye. Still one of the best defensive shortstops around.

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  • Evangelion
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    Originally posted by whosyourpapi
    What are you talking about ??? I live in Montreal and the Expos fans adored him , he was our star and all the other fans and teams when they came to play or see him they knew all about his talent and also adored him.
    I don't recall saying Expos fans didn't adore him or even know he existed. Outside of Montreal, you think people really knew how good of a baseball player Vlad? Sorry, but a few fans of other teams that came to see him play and adore him don't make up the majority or make Vlad very well known outside Montreal.

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  • Ontarioguy
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    Originally posted by Evangelion
    Remember when Vlad was in Montreal? Nobody knew how great of a player he was until he moved to Anaheim. That just was not right.
    That's a good one. His Numbers were increadible considering he played in the massive, Olympic Stadium and in a division with Shea, Dolphin Stadium and Turner Field.

    I think an even better example, is Orlando Cabrera. He didn't get the praise he deserved until he won the WS with Boston. Despite his gold glove, no one knew how good he was until then.

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  • TheKingofKings
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    Originally posted by Evangelion
    I know all players mention in this topic as well. I have to agree a lot of them don't get the public attention they deserve. Remember when Vlad was in Montreal? Nobody knew how great of a player he was until he moved to Anaheim. That just was not right.
    What are you talking about ??? I live in Montreal and the Expos fans adored him , he was our star and all the other fans and teams when they came to play or see him they knew all about his talent and also adored him.

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  • Kaliber
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    Originally posted by MapleSyrupMan
    Aaron Hill.
    The kid had like a good month and a half and then dissapeared. Harldy enough to call him the best kept secret in baseball IMO.



    Anyway, my vote goes to Grady Sizemore. In only his second year he put up 111 runs. 185 hits. 37 doubles. 22 HR. 89 RBI. 22 SB. and had a .289 AVG. And most people wouldnt know him if he walked into their kitchen holding a sign that said "Hey, I'm Grady Sizemore!"

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