Aug 17, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez (13) during the fifth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

MLB pitchers say they don't want to bean Alex Rodriguez, think he is being treated unfairly

While Boston Red Sox’s starting pitcher Ryan Dempster may have a problem with New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez, he’s apparently just one of a small handful that do.

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
(35 responses)

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
(34 responses)

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.”

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