Dodgers on the minds of MLB players, survey says

Dodgers on the minds of MLB players, survey says
Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw, left, celebrates with Juan Uribe, center, and Joc Pederson, right, after L.A.'s 7-5 win Sunday over the Diamondbacks in the second game of a two-game series in Australia. (Cameron Spencer / Getty Images)

They love you, they hate you, they can't get enough of you.

Baseball fans? Yeah, sure, but now we're talking actual baseball players.


ESPN has released the results of a survey of 143 major leaguers and there were Dodgers all over it. The good, the bad and the unavoidable.

Questions went all over the place, but the ones that elicited Dodgers in the answers are listed below:

If you could have any player in MLB for the next three years, who would it be?

1. Mike Trout, Angels: 45%; 2. Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers: 25%; 3. Miguel Cabrera, Tigers: 9%.

Wondering where Yasiel Puig is? Patience.

Who is the most overrated player in MLB?

1. Bryce Harper, Nationals: 24%; 2. Puig, Dodgers: 21%; 3. Alex Rodriguez, Yankees: 14%.

Pretty close, but Harper has played two full seasons. Puig's only been at it for four months. Plenty of time to close the gap.

Which team is the most overhyped?

1. Yankees: 44%; 2. Dodgers: 13%; 3. Angels: 12%.

Clearly, this is big-city bias. Also, big payroll.

Who will win the World Series?

1. Cardinals: 19%; 2. Tigers: 18%; 3. Dodgers: 15%.

With the Dodgers, it's apparently a love-hate thing. Apparently they're not that overhyped.


Some other results: 81% thought MLB was ready for a gay player; 51% think A-Rod should be kicked out of the players' union; and respondents believe 9.4% of players are still using performance-enhancing drugs.