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The media has, throughout the years, made dozens of athletes great. Unfortunately, their on-field performance didn’t exactly justify it.
Some of the athletes on this list were actually great – just not nearly as great as they were made out to be. On the other hand, calling some of the others on this list great is an insult to their sport’s true superstars.
1. Derek Jeter
Okay, we are pretty sure that putting Derek Jeter on the list of the most overhyped athletes ever will anger quite a few people – we’re looking at you NYC. In fact, we’re really grateful for the fact that our names are not published as it would make future visits to New York unbearable.
Still, we are standing behind our putting Jeter on this list. And to be perfectly honest, a very large part of this is the legend of Jeter that New Yorkers are always pushing. Jeter is the second coming of Jesus. Jeter is the best baseball player since color TV became a thing. Jeter is one of the best Yankees ever to play the game.
We are not saying that Jeter is a bad baseball player. In fact, he is good. However, his numbers simply do not hold up to scrutiny. Then, you have Yankees fans screaming about the “intangibles.” Get real. Intangibles mean squat in baseball. We’re sorry but that’s just the way it is.