Bryce Harper, Brett Lawrie and 12 Other Costly Tantrums in Baseball History

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Bryce Harper, Brett Lawrie and 12 Other Costly Tantrums in Baseball History
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To say that Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Brett Lawrie was a little fired up on Tuesday night is akin to saying that Milton Bradley had a slight anger management issue.

Lawrie will likely be facing a suspension after throwing his batting helmet at home plate umpire Bill Miller after a very questionable called third strike in the ninth inning of a 4-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays.

Lawrie's outburst was certainly out of character, and could have been borne out of frustration for the Jays' play of late—last night's loss was the seventh in 10 games for the reeling Jays.

Washington Nationals young phenom Bryce Harper also displayed a bit of a temper in injuring himself late last week, and has the marks to show for it.

Harper required 10 stitches after bouncing a bat off a wall in the dugout and hitting his face.

While Harper's tantrum didn't cause him to miss any time, other tantrums in baseball have been very costly, both to players and teams.

Here are 12 such examples.

 

Note: Excerpts of this slideshow were taken from a previous article I submitted last July.

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