MLB Players Poll: Revealing Results about PEDs, Gay Teammates and more

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<p> Our off-the-record baseball player survey about managers, teams and more</p>

We asked, they answered. Athlon Sports set out to gauge the opinions, tastes and preferences of major league baseball players, circa 2013. More than a fifth of all MLB players responded to our survey, sharing their opinions on fellow players, teams, managers, PEDs, women and more. Read on. 

Who was your sports hero growing up?
Ken Griffey Jr. (13.7%)
Derek Jeter (5.5%)
Michael Jordan (5.5%)
Cal Ripken (5.5%)
Nolan Ryan (4.8%)
Don Mattingly (4.1%)
Dale Murphy (3.4%)
Will Clark (3.4%)
Roger Clemens (2.8%)
Rickey Henderson (2.8%)
Barry Bonds (2.8%)
 
Who is the best manager in baseball?
Joe Maddon, Rays (14.3%)
Terry Francona, Indians (10.2%)
Jim Leyland, Tigers (8.8%)
Bruce Bochy, Giants (8.2%)
Buck Showalter, Orioles (8.2%)
Bud Black, Padres (6.8%)
Ron Gardenhire, Twins (5.4%)
Dusty Baker, Reds (4.1%)
John Farrell, Red Sox (3.4%)
Mike Scioscia, Angels (3.4%)
 
What percent of players are using PEDs?
No Idea (2.2%)
0 (6.0%)
1-5 (53.0%)
6-10 (15.9%)
11-20 (5.3%)
21-30 (2.2%)
31-40 (1.5%)
41+ (0.7%)
 
What was your BIG purchase after signing your contract?
Car or truck (67.6%)
House (12.6%)
Big dinner (3.5%)
Watch (3.5%)
TV (2.1%)
Engagement Ring (2.1%)
 
NOTE: Some interesting responses that only got one vote: Japanese Fighting Fish, microwave oven, and a zoom lens for a camera.
 
Who is the best general manager in baseball?
Andrew Friedman, Rays (15.4%)
Billy Beane, A’s (8.4%)
Theo Epstein, Cubs (8.4%)
John Mozeliak, Cardinals (8.4%)
Terry Ryan, Twins (8.4%)
Brian Sabean, Giants (8.4%)
Jerry Dipoto, Angels (4.2%)
Dave Dombrowksi, Tigers (4.2%)
Kevin Towers, Giants (3.5%)
Jon Daniels, Rangers (3.5%)
 
What team would you take less money to play for?
Yankees (11.3%)
Braves (10.6%)
Rangers (7.0%)
Giants  (6.3%)
None (6.3%)
Dodgers (6.3%)
Red Sox (5.6%)
Angels (4.9%)
Padres (4.3%)
Cardinals (4.3%)
Twins (3.8%)
Diamondbacks (3.8%)
Rays (3.8%)
Cubs  (3.1%)
 
What team would you never play for?
None, would play for any team (30.5%)
Yankees (13.5%)
Marlins (13.5%)
Blue Jays (6.4%)
Pirates (5.0%)
Astros  (4.3%)
Indians (2.8%)
Mariners (2.8%)
Cubs  (2.8%)
 
Who is the best pure hitter?
Miguel Cabrera, Tigers (61.0%)
Robinson Cano, Yankees (6.2%)
Joe Votto, Reds (5.5%)
Joe Mauer, Twins (4.8%)
Mike Trout, Angels (4.1%)
Ryan Braun, Brewers (4.1%)
Albert Pujols, Angels (3.4%)
 
Who is the best defender?
Yadier Molina, Cardinals (13.5%)
Mike Trout, Angels (10.6%)
Asdrubal Cabrera, Indians (9.2%)
Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies (5.7%)
Brendan Ryan, Mariners (5.0%)
Adrian Beltre, Rangers (4.3%)
Brandon Phillips, Reds (4.3%)
Andrew McCutchen, Pirates (3.6%)
 
Percent of MLB players who are faithful to their spouses?
40 (2.6%)
50 (9.5%)
60 (11.3%)
70 (16.5%)
80 (31.3%)
90 (19.1%)
100 (7.8%)
 
Which city should have a team?
Las Vegas (15.3%)
Nashville (15.3%)
Portland (6.9%)
Indianapolis (6.1%)
San Antonio (5.3%)
Charlotte (4.5%)
Oklahoma City (3.7%)
Salt Lake City (2.9%)
Columbus (2.9%)
Charlotte (2.1%)
Montreal (2.1%)
San Jose (2.1%)
Vancouver (2.1%)
Austin (1.3%)
Birmingham (1.3%)
New Orleans (1.3%)
 
Which city should be replaced?
Oakland (31%)
Tampa Bay (27%)
Miami (14%)
Cleveland (8%)
Toronto (7%)
Houston (6%)
Milwaukee (3%)
 
What player would you take less money to have as a teammate?
Mike Trout, Angels (15.2%)
Miguel Cabrera, Tigers (13.8%)
Derek Jeter, Yankees (6.5%)
Justin Verlander, Tigers (5.8%)
David Price, Rays (2.9%)
Dustin Pedroia, Red Sox (2.9%)
Buster Posey, Giants (2.9%)
No one (2.2%)
Yadier Molina, Cardinals (2.2%)
Bryce Harper, Nationals (2.2%)
Robinson Cano, Yankees (2.2%)
 
Which player would I want my daughter to marry?
None (23.5%)
Derek Jeter, Yankees (6.5%)
Joe Mauer, Twins (3.3%)
Mike Trout, Angels (3.3%)
David Wright, Mets (2.4%)
 
Which player would I NEVER want my daughter to marry?
Any player (26.4%)
A.J. Pierzynski, Rangers (7.5%)
Alex Rodriguez, Yankees (5.7%)
Jason Giambi, Indians (2.8%)
Nick Swisher, Indians (2.8%)
 
Would you have a problem with a gay teammate?
No Problem (69.8%)
Problem (28.7%)
Big Problem (1.5%)
 
Who is the hottest woman alive?
My wife (9.2%)
Kate Upton (7.1%)
Beyoncé (3.6%)
Jessica Biel (3.6%)
Rihanna (3.6%)
Jessica Alba (2.9%)
Halle Berry (2.9%)
Kate Beckinsale (2.9%)
Scarlett Johansson (2.9%)
Mila Kunis (2.9%)
Faith Hill (2.2%)
Jennifer Lawrence (2.2%)
Taylor Swift (2.2%)
 
NOTE: There were 63 different women who received votes, including “wife” as just one. One Kansas City outfielder said, “that new next queen of England.”
 

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