Eckstein, who begins a rehab assignment with Single-A Fort Wayne today, was the overwhelming selection as the “player who gets the most out of his talent” by a Sports Illustrated survey of 313 major league players.
Eckstein got 25 percent of the votes. Boston second baseman Dustin Pedroia finished second, getting 13 percent of the votes. St. Louis first baseman Albert Pujols was a distant third with eight percent of the votes while Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter and Minnesota catcher Joe Mauer tied for fourth with four percent apiece.
Self actualization would be the most concise term here. When I saw this thread I came here hoping not to see the Eck word and to post an anti Pest pic, but of course the SI survey has him winning. Pujols definitively has achieved Abraham Maslow's concept to the fullest. The pest has luckily been at the right place at the right time, but hasn't played at high enough level to even be considerable.
A Fleshner Fantasy wrote:Pujols being on there? Give me a break...he has more talent than anyone would know what to do with. I would have voted for Pedroia, but Eckstein is fine as well.
If he is so talented why wasn't he drafted until the 13th round?
I thought I posted this earlier but apparently not. In total agreement here, and would definitely have Pujols at the top of the list. Pedroia would probably be somewhere in the upper 10%, but Eckstein is nowhere near the top IMO.