“Recount!” WHYY’s Dave Davies demanded this morning at our daily meeting.
He pointed us to this Sports Illustrated Players Poll, which finds Chase Utley to be the second-meanest in the league.
While No. 8 Albert Pujols and No. 3. Milton Bradley are depicted screaming at umps, Utley’s photo potrays him more as concerned—determined, even—than mean.
And though his peers might find him a bit off-putting, not so long ago they considered him smart. An older SI poll of players landed Utley the No. 7 spot on the intelligence list. Roy Halladay was No. 5 and Placido Polanco was No. 10.
Yet another poll finds Raul Ibanez to be the second-nicest. Pujols is on that list, too, by the way. And he’s the fourth-smartest. What’s with that guy?
You tell us: Just how accurate do you think these peer reviews are?