EVERYONE LOVES TO HATE the Yankees. Even major league players.

Sports Illustrated conducted a poll, asking 185 players who they thought was the most overrated player. The top three vote-getters all wear Yankee pinstripes as do five of the top 10.

Alex Rodriguez was No. 1, garnering 18 percent of the vote. He was followed by Joba Chamberlain (12 percent) and Derek Jeter (7).

Former Phillie Jayson Werth, now with the Nationals, checked in at No. 4 and the Red Sox' Jonathan Papelbon was fifth.

Jealousy may have come into play considering the top five all have World Series rings.

"I've been on this list before," Rodriguez told MLB.com "I'll see you guys next summer again."

A-Rod said he did not vote in the poll, and would never diss a fellow player.

"I think playing in the major leagues is so hard, everyone playing in the majors is a great player," he said. "I have so much respect for anyone that wears a major league uniform, I would never answer that."

Rounding out the top 10 were: Nick Swisher of the Yankees, B.J. Upton of the Rays, David Ortiz of the Red Sox, A.J. Burnett of the Yankees and Manny Ramirez of the Rays but now retired.

Perfect time to recall near-perfect game

Yesterday was the 1-year anniversary of Armando Galarraga's near-perfect game against the Indians, which was ruined when umpire Jim Joyce admittedly blew a call with two outs in the ninth.

Galarraga, now in Triple A with the Diamondbacks, was pitching for the Tigers when Joyce mistakenly called Cleveland's Jason Donald safe at first. The ump later apologized to Galarraga.

The two went on to co-author a book about the incident titled "Nobody's Perfect: Two Men, One Call, and a Game for Baseball History."

Because of the book, Galarraga will never have to worry about Joyce blowing a call again. Due to their literary collaboration, Major League Baseball has decreed that Joyce can never again umpire a game in which Galarraga's team plays.

- Tom Mahon

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