"What's the definition of 'most overrated'? You could look at it just in terms of hitting ability, but in my opinion major league baseball is always about the money, so I'm going to consider it in relation to a hitter's value to a team. That makes this an easy question, as Ichiro Suzuki - who you can argue is the best pure hitter in the game - is clearly the most overrated.
What do his 200-plus hits every season - heavily loaded with singles - do for the Mariners? He had a majors-high 225 in 2009 and they scored the fewest runs in the AL. He's again leading the majors with 58 hits (including 48 singles), and Seattle is 14-26. Single hitters, even those with speed, need to be in deep lineups to realize their value.
The drop in power numbers in recent years makes the guys who do regularly drive the ball to walls, and over walls, as valuable as they've ever been. A singles hitter in a bad lineup is a hood ornament on a beater. These days, thats Ichiro."
- Phil Rogers of the Chicago Tribune when asked to name the most overrated hitter in baseball.
Everyone has their own method in judging the most overrated, whether it be a simple criteria like most overrated vacation destination or most overrated restaurant, every person will give a different answer and use a different sequence of thoughts. It rings especially true when talking the most overrated in sports where the term is used for just about any aspect of the games. As seen from the quote, Phil Rogers of the Chicago Tribune used a player's contract as his meter of judging the most overrated. In most cases, you can't argue with his thinking.
Phil Rogers is currently in his third decade of covering baseball and his thirteenth year with the Chicago Tribune. He has written a book centered around the 2005 White Sox and their formation and is currently assigned to "cover the business side of baseball" for the Tribune, according to his bio. His long tenure around the game of baseball certainly makes him qualified for such a job as well as a great subject for the survey of most overrated hitter.
His response, however, makes him a little less qualified to answer such a question.