FORT MYERS, Fla. — A.J. Pierzynski. The Most Hated Player In Baseball.We're not really surprised by this revelation, are we?
I couldn’t wait to talk to this guy.
According to a 2012 Men’s Journal poll, Pierzynski is the Most Hated Player in Baseball.As an aside, Shank's better columns tend to be the ones when he gets to focus on the overwhelming negative aspects of a team, player or situation. It's pretty obvious what his motivation is with this column.
“I just laugh at it,’’ he said. “I think it’s cool. I’ve won it a bunch of years in a row. They just change the title around. They change a couple of words.’’
True. In various other polls, Pierzynski has been cited as “Player You Would Most Like To See Beaned” and “Meanest Player’’ in baseball.
“I think I’ve won it before so it’s just an easy answer,’’ he added. “But I think A-Rod took over for me this year.’’
Is there a trophy that comes with the coveted “most hated” distinction — something that gets passed along from year to year like the Stanley Cup?
“No,’’ said Pierzynski. “You just get awkward questions by media people every day.’’