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Player Poll: Bryce Harper is the most overrated, Manny Machado is the dirtiest

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For the second year in a row, The Athletic has published the results of a 30-team survey in which players were asked all manner of questions, ranging from who are the most overrated players, who are the most underrated, who is the dirtiest and who would they least like to fight if fisticuffs broke out in a game.

There are also all manner of questions about baseball labor and money, the DH, which managers guys would want to play for the most and the least, which cities they most and least like to visit and tons of other interesting topics.

The Athletic pays its bills via subscriptions, so I’m not gonna give their stuff away for free, but as a teaser I will note that . .. .

  • Bryce Harper was voted the most overrated player in the game. Which he always is. Back in 2014 and even before that guys were rating him that way in other surveys. The guy was super hyped at 16, everyone decided he didn’t deserve that and, I suspect, he will thus always rate that way on these polls, even if he’s the MVP or hits for the triple crown or something;
  • Manny Machado was voted the game’s dirtiest player. Chase Utley got nearly 10% of the vote, though, even though he’s retired. Which is weird because usually people say Utley “played hard” not that he was dirty. Wonder why other dirty players don’t get that treatment?
  • Most players are unhappy with the state of labor issues and finances in the game. Some very much so, some only mildly. Most think there is fishiness in the market but a plurality stop short of calling it “collusion” even though some of them, in saying it’s not collusion, say that what is happening is “x” in which “x” actually describes collusion; and
  • Gabe Kapler is not gonna win any popularity contests among managers.

That’s it. You’re gonna have to go to The Athletic to read the rest of it. It’s funny as hell and revealing too. I don’t get a commission for recommending this, but this is the sort of thing The Athletic does really well and you should subscribe to ’em for that reason.

Video: Aristides Aquino becomes fastest player to 10 home runs in MLB history

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There’s no two ways about it: Aristides Aquino is having a rookie year for the ages. The hot-hitting Reds outfielder tacked another item onto his already lengthy list of accomplishments on Friday, clubbing a two-run, 396-foot home run off of Adam Wainwright in the sixth inning of the Reds’ 13-4 loss to the Cardinals.

The blast came far too late in the game to upset the Cardinals’ nine-run lead, but was otherwise perfectly timed for the rookie. It marked his 10th career home run in just 16 major-league games, officially making him the fastest MLB player to 10 homers in league history. (On a less-thrilling note, it was also the first home run allowed by the Cardinals in 32 2/3 consecutive innings.)

So far in 2019, Aquino is batting a robust .353/.400/.961 with 11 extra-base hits, 19 RBI, a 1.361 OPS, and 0.8 fWAR through 55 plate appearances. Friday’s feat follows other impressive performances from the 25-year-old, who collected three homers against the Cubs last Saturday and tied Trevor Story‘s previously unbeaten record for most homers through his first 10 career games. MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon adds that Aquino’s torrid home run pace also eclipsed the standing record held by the Phillies’ Rhys Hoskins, who delivered nine home runs through his first 16 career games in 2017 (per Elias).