Crazy Temper Tantrums in Baseball History
One of the most entertaining parts of baseball is a manager storming out onto the field en route to screaming at an umpire. Every fan waits to see the fate of the skipper when he gets up in the face of one of the men in blue.
But sometimes the meltdown has nothing to do with an umpire. The dugout is a popular place for a player to lose his cool, and inanimate objects often become a target as does the closest opponent to the angered player.
One would think that players should learn after these moments of insanity, but as is the case with Jose Offerman, they just keep giving us videos to watch.
In no particular order, here are 10 of the best tantrums in baseball history.
1. Phillip Wellman
As far as comedy goes, former minor-league manager Phillip Wellman may take the cake. Some of the best spur-of-the-moment antics happen in this video that took place on June 1, 2007.
In a game against the Chattanooga Lookouts, Wellman comes out firing and takes his anger out on a couple of the umpires. Although, he does never seem to get credit for the marksman and a phenomenal artist that he is.
Wellman was rewarded with a three-game suspension following the incident.
2. Lou Piniella
"Hey Lou! I know what'll get 'em! Kick dirt on the umpires!"
Lou Piniella was known to be an absolute fireball as a manager and had some of the most epic tantrums during his tenure with the Chicago Cubs. Take a look as he throws and kicks his hat in this rampage and also be sure to glance at the decorations in center field.
Can't say Cubs fans aren't loyal.
2.5. Lou Piniella
Does it count as a meltdown?
Of course not.
But Aquafina was able to have Piniella and umpire Chris Viverito ("featured" in the previous slide) find the humor in the situation and came out with this hilarious commercial.
3. Paul Wilson. Almost.
This is one of my personal favorites.
Paul Wilson tries to lay down a sacrifice bunt and Cubs' pitcher Kyle Farnsworth backs him off the plate quite well. Wilson takes offense to the inside heater and does something, well, not recommended to say the least.
Farnsworth clearly remembered a little something from his high school football days at Milton High School in Georgia.
4. Brian Wilson
Here come those aforementioned inanimate objects.
Brian Wilson apparently took offense to something that the Gatorade cooler didn't do and followed it up with a ruthless Louisville Slugger beatdown.
The man with the best beard in baseball left with a lead and the Giants did end up winning this game against the Tigers 4-3 which brings up the question, was it worth it?
5. Carlos Zambrano
Playing for the Chicago Cubs at the time, "Big Z" didn't get the call he wanted from the home-plate umpire on a close play.
Zambrano is one of the best hitting pitchers in baseball, though. Maybe this is how he practices.
You can watch the video here.
6. Carl Pavano
Keeping up with the theme of dugout objects, Carl Pavano was displeased with his effort against the Kansas City Royals on May 1, 2011.
After giving up seven runs, the starting pitcher took his anger out on a helpless trash can.
7. Roger Clemens
Emotions run high in any baseball game, let alone during the World Series.
In the famous 2000 Subway Series of the New York baseball teams, Mets catcher Mike Piazza swung at a Roger Clemens' pitch and shattered his bat.
Clemens wasn't thrilled and picked up the end of the bat that flew toward him and tossed it right back at Piazza.
Ahh, New York, not exactly a city of love.
8. Jose Offerman
After getting hit by a pitch, a batter may charge the pitcher.
If he is severely angry, he might just take a bat with him.
Former major league journeyman Jose Offerman was playing in the Independent Atlantic League for the Long Island Ducks and was hit in the leg by a pitch. Offerman went straight to the mound and took a couple swings at the pitcher.
This resulted in an arrest following his ejection from the game.
Inanimate objects are probably a better target, wouldn't you say, Jose?
9. Jose Offerman
Offerman apparently did not take anything away from his 2007 incident and while managing in the Dominican Republic in 2010, he punched an umpire right in the face.
Another trip to the police station was the result of the this ridiculous video, and Offerman was also banned from the league for life.
10. Joe Mikulik
Phil Wellman isn't the only minor league manager that makes the list.
Joe Mikulik was managing the Asheville Tourists in a 2006 game against the Lexington Legends and found a few ways to vent his anger by combining some antics of Wellman, Piniella, and even added a few touches of his own.
Ingenuity. It's what America is all about.
And after all, baseball is America's Pastime, isn't it?
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