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SI poll says players dig Damon

Posted May 17, 2011 by Roger Mooney

Updated May 17, 2011 at 11:20 AM

In this week’s Sports Illustrated poll, 290 MLB players were asked, “Who is the nicest player in baseball?” Most players selected the Minnesota Twins’ DH Jim Thome (21%), followed by the Philadelphia Phillies OF Raul Ibanez (7%), Tampa Bay Rays’ DH Johnny Damon (5%), retired MLB 1B Mike Sweeney (5%) and the Minnesota Twins’ C Joe Mauer (4%).

Sports Illustrated also posed the question to its Facebook community (http://www.facebook.com/SportsIllustrated). More than one quarter of fans selected Jim Thome (28%), followed by the New York Yankees’ SS Derek Jeter (17%) and the Boston Red Sox’s Dustin Pedroia (10%).

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