ESPN recently anonymously interviewed 36 Major League Baseball pitchers across the league and every polled arm said that they don’t have any desire to hit Rodriguez with a pitch.
1. Do you want to bean Alex Rodriguez?
Yes: 0 percent
No: 100 percent
And while a select group said they’d prefer not to have him or fellow PED user Ryan Braun as a teammate, almost fifty percent did say they believe Major League Baseball is unfairly treating Rodriguez:
7. True or false: You’d be surprised how many players think A-Rod has been targeted unfairly by MLB.
True: 47.1 percent
False: 52.9 percent
You can read the rest of ESPN’s poll here which certainly show some shocking answers, at least pertaining to the media perception of Rodriguez, who we’re told is all but despised by his peers.
Here is what an unnamed National League starter said about Dempster:
“You don’t start throwing baseballs at guys because you disagree with what they did. He’s entitled to his appeal and to have both sides make their case. I think it’s ridiculous that Ryan Dempster took it into his own hands to basically convict him.”