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  • 09:15 AM ET  05.21

Who is the toughest player in baseball? 

Aaron Rowand, Giants ...... CF 15%
Jason Varitek, Red Sox ...... C 6%
Jason Kendall, Brewers ...... C 5%
Ryan Freel, Reds ...... OF 5%
David Eckstein, Blue Jays ...... SS 5%
Derek Jeter, Yankees ...... SS 4%
Miguel Tejada, Astros ...... SS 4%
Russell Martin, Dodgers ...... C 3%
Ivan Rodriguez, Tigers ...... C 3%
Alex Rodriguez, Yankees ...... 3B 3%

[Based on a survey of 495 MLB players] 

FAST FACTS: Yankees reliever Kyle Farnsworth (12th, 2.1%) was the one pitcher among the top 20.... As a Phillie in 2006 the famously fearless Rowand, running full speed, caught a ball off the bat of Xavier Nady, smashed into the outfield fence and broke his nose. He held on for the out.... Yanks Derek Jeter (sixth, 4.2%) and Alex Rodriguez (10th, 2.5%) were the only teammates in the top 10.

This is an expanded version of the MLB poll from the May 26, 2008 issue of Sports Illustrated.

What's your take on this poll?  

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