Over the weekend Sports Illustrated published a MLB players poll asking around the league who players think are the most rated players in professional baseball. The list of ten includes players like Alex Rodriguez, Derek Jeter, and David Wright, as well as Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth who comes in near the top of the last at three.
Werth ranks third most likely because of his hefty contract, a 7-year, 126 million deal he signed back in December of 2010. Werth has struggled to live up to those numbers, particularly at the plate, but has also been out most of this season with a broken wrist.
Being called overrated by your peers must not feel good, but it could come down to guys simply wishing they were paid as well. The case for Werth being overrated can be made based on his production and contract, but is he really the third most overrated player in all of baseball? Albert Pujols came in at number four, right behind Werth, and he is considered the best overall player of the last decade.
Sometimes SIs players polls can be a great look into the mind of professional athletes, but this one is hard to draw conclusions from.
The Washington Nationals announced Friday Dusty Baker will not return as manager of the club in 2018.
Baker led the team to the first back-to-back division titles in franchise history, and the Nationals were 192-132 under Baker, but they failed to make it to an NLCS.
Baker is 14th in MLB history with 1,863 career wins.
The next Nationals' manager will be their seventh since they arrived in DC.
Only the Marlins have had as many.
"I'm surprised and disappointed," Baker told USA TODAY Sports. "They told me they would get back to me and I told them I was leaving town yesterday and they waited 10 days to tell me."
"I really thought this was my best year. We won at least 95 games each year and won the division back to back years but they said they wanted to go a different direction. It's hard to understand."
The team also announced the contracts for the Major League coaching staff have also expired, and the search for a new manager will begin immediately.
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While Nats fans were still digesting the news that Dusty Baker will not return as manager next year, the team released some more surprising news.
Second baseman Daniel Murphy underwent knee surgery today, per an official team report.
Washington Post reporter Chelsea Janes reported that the surgery is considered significant and the team won't put a timeline on the recovery process:
"The procedure, according to the statement released by the team, repaired articular cartilage in Murphy’s right knee. For those interested in the details, it was a debridement and microfracture surgery, and orthopedic surgeon Timothy Kremchek performed it."
"For those concerned with the implications of the procedure, those are still unclear. The statement clarified that Murphy’s rehab “will progress throughout the offseason,” as one would hope, and did not include a timetable.
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