Some baseball players are loved, and other baseball players are hated. There is just something about the way that certain players carry themselves that causes the public to have a poor opinion of them.
There are also players that are loved and hated at the same time. Alex Rodriguez is an example of a player like this. Jeff Passan of Yahoo! believes that Bryce Harper will eventually simultaneously become the most loathed and the most respected player in baseball.
This list consists of players that fans have loved to hate. A number of these players have immense talent, but with that talent, they also had some pretty big egos.
Prior to his tenure with the New York Mets, the only people that hated Francisco Rodriguez were the hitters that he consistently sat down in the ninth inning.
Some incidents during his time in New York included a shouting match that Rdoriguez had with Brian Bruney during batting practice and a heated exchange with Mets bullpen coach Randy Neimann.
The one that really turned fans against Rodriguez was when he allegedly assaulted his girlfriend's father and then injured himself during the ensuing altercation.
Swagger. Ego. Bravado. Bryce Harper has all three, and it will cause many people loath him. But others will love him for the way that he plays the game.
It hard to find a moment that captures everything about Harper better than the video here. It shows off his immense talent, and the kiss that he blows to the pitcher shows off a bit of his attitude. Some hate him for doing things like that.
Oliver Perez is another player that burned more than a few bridges during his time with the New York Mets. He was an incredibly frustrating player to watch.
Fans already did not like Perez when he refused a minor league assignment, but that incident pushed him over the edge, and he came off as incredibly selfish.
Jose Reyes loves to play the game of baseball, and his enthusiasm for the sport is clear with the way that he plays the games.
Fans of opposing teams are not huge supporters of Reyes. He comes off as cocky, and his celebrations and extensive handshakes cause many to dislike him.
Following his incident with Michael Barrett, A.J. Pierzynski has heard a lot from fans over the years. They are constantly yelling at him from the crowd.
Pierzynski has maintained a bit of a bad boy attitude throughout his career, which has certainly made him an easy target for boos from opposing fans.
It seems almost as if Manny Ramirez is a tough player to hate. His fun-loving nature and his antics have certainly made him one of the more entertaining players in the game's recent history.
Nyjer Morgan has no problem causing controversy, and that is something that turns a lot of fans against him.
While Morgan's "Tony Plush" persona is fun, he has used it to call out players such as Albert Pujols. Insulting one of the game's top players did not help Morgan's case with opposing fans.
Not only did fans of opposing teams hate Carlos Zambrano, but even Chicago Cubs fans loathed Zambrano by the end of his tenure in Chi-town.
Zambrano is the second player on this list that has thrown a punch at Michael Barrett. The biggest difference between A.J. Pierzynski and Zambrano is that Barrett was Zambrano's teammate at the time of the incident.
There is no player in baseball right now that fans love to hate more than Alex Rodriguez. He is cocky, arrogant and he is fairly obsessed with himself, as the alleged picture of himself as a centaur in his bedroom would seem to indicate.
However, Rodriguez is a player that deserves to be respected. His numbers speak for themselves, and he was one of the game's top players for a number of years. Rodriguez is a future Hall of Famer regardless of the fact that there are a number of fans out there that hate him.