Sports Illustrated surveyed 347 major league players recently, asking them, "Who is the nicest player in the game?"
The winner was Mariners DH Mike Sweeney, with 20 percent of the votes. Sort of ironic that this comes during a season in which the only news Sweeney has made was when he offered to fight any teammates who told a reporter that Ken Griffey Jr. was napping in the clubhouse during a game.
The rest of the Top 5 nice guys: Jim Thome (17 percent), Johnny Damon (5 percent), Derek Jeter (5 percent) and Raul Ibanez (5 percent).
Apparently people get nicer as they age. The average age of the top five is 36.8.
-- David Andriesen
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