In a recent MLB players poll conducted by ESPN The Magazine, nearly 20 percent of the league gave their opinions on current issues involving the game of baseball. They weighed in on new rules implemented this offseason, the prevalence of PEDs in today's game and what to do with A-Rod.
Among those revelations were two key subjects relating to the Nationals. One of them is good, and one of them is pretty bad.
First, the good. The Nationals are expected by MLB players to have the fifth-best chance at winning the World Series this season. One anonymous NL starting pitcher even had this to say:
"I think if the season had been a little bit longer last year, the Nationals might have won the World Series. So watch out for them."
That's a direct competitor in the National League, so it's a pretty legitimate source. The same player also said he expects the Cardinals to beat the Nats in seven games in the NLCS, however.
Now for the bad. MLB players apparently see Bryce Harper as a little overhyped. They voted him, in fact, the most overrated player in the game of baseball.
Is Harper overrated? Here is what an AL All-Star said specifically about the 21-year-old.
"I like Bryce Harper. I think he's going to be really good. But the attention for him -- and for [Yasiel] Puig, to a certain extent -- is overkill. It's just been hype so far."
Harper was voted most overrated by 24 percent of those polled. Puig came in second with 21 percent, and Alex Rodriguez had 14 percent.
Harper has appeared in two All-Star Games and won the 2012 NL Rookie of the Year. He has also never hit above .274 or finished in the top 28 in WAR among MLB players, despite earning plenty of endorsements.
Is Harper overrated? He'll have a chance to disprove that notion in just a few days.
For the full results of ESPN's poll, click here.