Another stupid list
Bleacher Reports ranks the *50 most overrated MLB players ever. Coming in 21st, one spot ahead of Ozzie Smith (which should tell you something about this list): Knucksie. Their rationale is moronic.
Phil Niekro passed the 300-win mark, which was due in large part to his 24 years in the league.
Niekro put the knuckleball on the map, but that was the main reason he was able to pitch as long as he did. Utilizing the knuckleball limited the stress on his arm.
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?
So he should be punished for not putting enough stress on his arm? And they fail to mention that Knucksie spent most of his career with a perennial cellar dweller. Had he pitched for the Orioles or Dodgers he might have won 400.
*Bleacher Report ranked Joe Carter 15th, saying “Carter was nothing more than a .259 career hitter.” … who averaged 29 homers, 107 RBI and 17 SB a season over his career.