By Andrew Fisher @AndrewFisherRS on March 24, 2014
Who doesn't love a good anonymous players survey? ESPN doesn't do a whole lot right these days, but they hit a home run with their latest anonymous MLB survey.
People rarely speak their minds, but if they don't have to attach their names to answers on a survey, they're much more likely to give us the goods. With that in mind, here are the most intriguing results from the 2014 survey:
The fact that Trout won the vote isn't surprising at all. But the fact that he won it by getting 56% of the vote, compared to just 26% for Miguel Cabrera, is very surprising to me. It's also worth noting that Clayton Kershaw came in with 6% of the vote to place a distant third.
According to the survey, 49% of players would be in favor of medical marijuana use for pain relief (it it were legal and allowed by MLB). This topic has also come up recently in the NFL, so it will be interesting to see if pro sports leagues adopt medical use like many states are starting to do.
I thought there'd be a lot more homophobes in MLB. Apparently not. 81% of players surveyed said they're ready for an openly gay player in baseball.
When asked for their best guess in the form of a percentage, those surveyed estimated that 9.4% of players are still using PEDs. It doesn't sound like many, but it's still about one out of every 10 players.
Sorry bro. Bryce Harper edged out Yasiel Puig as MLB's most overrated player. The Nationals OF received 24% of the vote, while Puig came in with 21%. A-Roid wasn't far behind with 14% of the vote.
- 51% would vote to kick A-Roid out of the Players Union.
- The Cardinals were voted most likely to win the 2014 WS (19%).
- The Yankees are still easily the most overhyped team (44%).
- Only 6% would be in favor of an MLB salary cap.
- 80% would pay a starting pitcher 5 million.
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