Ranking the 10 Most Irksome Players in MLB
The 2012 MLB season came to an exciting end this week when the San Francisco Giants captured their second World Series Championship in the past three seasons.
The season was full of plenty of memorable moments and unique characters. Some of these players drew the ire of opponents, teammates, and fans alike. The New York Yankees had a pair of controversial teammates, Alex Rodriguez and Nick Swisher, who both spent the 2012 postseason on the back pages of the New York tabloids for different reasons.
Here are 10 of the most irksome players in the MLB today.
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The Cincinnati Reds have been associated with several personalities throughout the years who have been known to draw the ire and disdain from fellow players, managers and fans alike.
Personalities like the All-Time hits leader Pete Rose and former owner Marge Schott have created all sorts of controversy.
Another Reds player who at times has taken a play out of their playbook has been the Cuban left handed fireballer Aroldis Chapman.
Reds manager Dusty Baker had to tell Chapman to stop doing somersaults after a notable incident in June after closing out the Milwaukee Brewers for a win.
His antics have not affected his game as he had a great 2012 season. Chapman posted a 5-5 record with a 1.51 ERA, and 38 saves in both closing and setup roles.
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The 2012 season was a memorable one in many ways for Washington Nationals rookie phenom Bryce Harper.
Intentionally or unintentionally, Harper's first season drew occasional ire from players and the media. The most memorable incident took place on May 6 when Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels intentionally hit the young phenom.
He also gained some attention for his comment to a Canadian reporter after being asked whether or not he would celebrate a win over the Blue Jays with a beer. Harper, who is a Mormon and doesn't drink beer answered with the now famous line, "That's a clown question, bro."
The 20 year-old Las Vegas native put up good numbers during his first season in the major leagues (.270 BA, 22 HR, 59 RBI).
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The most irksome aspect of Gordon Beckham’s game for Chicago White Sox fans is his inconsistency.
Heralded as the next great White Sox prospect when he broke on the scene in 2009, Beckham has had a mixed bag of a career.
His inconsistencies have infuriated White Sox fans and scribes to the point where some have asked Executive VP Kenny Williams to trade the 26-year-old second baseman.
Beckham had a another uninspiring all-around season in 2012, hitting .234 with 16 HR and 60 RBI.
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The Hanley Ramirez show has been known to irk a couple of players and managers over the course of his eight year career.
In 2010, Ramirez got into a spat with then Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez after a puzzling play when he botched a routine fly ball against the Arizona Diamondbacks. He wound up jogging after the ball, allowing two Diamondbacks to score.
Ramirez wore out his welcome in Miami last season when he was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers for a pair of minor leaguers.
He is a lifetime .298 hitter with three All-Star appearances.
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Chicago Cubs fans have a love-hate relationship with closer Carlos Marmol. The 30-year-old right hander has had his share of ups-and-downs during career in Chicago.
What irks Cubs fans the most about Marmol is not his antics, but his propensity of blowing games that are well in hand. He started of 2012 with a loss and a blown save. His worst performance by far in 2012 came on May 3 when he blew a 3-0 ninth inning lead for Ryan Dempster.
This loss infuriated Cubs fans including manager Dale Sveum, who wound up taking Marmol out of his closer's role.
Marmol wound up having an okay 2012 season by posting a 3-3 record, with 3.42 ERA and 20 saves.
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One player who has been infuriating at times for many reasons for New York Yankees fans is Nick Swisher. The West Virginia native has been wildly inconsistent at times in the batters box and has made some ill advised comments about Yankee fans.
His comments during the 2012 ALCS in regards to the Yankee fans booing irked some. Swisher has also had a tendency of being overly demonstrative with his style, irking some baseball purists.
Cue weird eye black.
Nevertheless, even with all of his idiosyncrasies Swisher had a good season in 2012, posting good numbers, .272 BA with 24 HR and 93 RBI.
Swisher is due to be a free agent this offseason.
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The eccentric attitude of San Francisco Giants closer Brian Wilson has been known to draw the ire of baseball purists.
His antics have ranged from beating up a Gatorade canister during a Giants game to dressing up in a full bodysuit for the 2011 ESPY Awards. He also claimed to be a "certified ninja" during an interview on the Jim Rome show.
Baseball commentators such as Joe Buck have keyed in on his personality and showed their disdain.
Buck called him a "walking reality show" as he fake played organ on a teammates head during Game 2 of the 2012 NLCS.
Wilson missed almost all of the 2012 season with an elbow injury. In 2011, Wilson had a good year, posting a 6-4 record, 3.11 ERA, with 36 saves.
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A.J Pierzynski is the second Chicago White Sox to make this list. The often abrasive, but talented. veteran backstop has had several incidents over the years.
The most notable incident came in 2006 against the crosstown rival Chicago Cubs when Pierzynski got into an altercation with catcher Michael Barrett. He has also had disagreements with teammates—most notably Jake Peavy during the 2011 season.
He even has run across the pitchers mound after making an out at first base which has drew the ire of many.
Pierzynski is currently a free agent and has just completed a two year, $8 million contract with the White Sox.
He posted a .278 BA, with 27 HR and 77 RBI in 135 games in 2012.
The behavioral antics of Detroit Tigers closer Jose Valverde have been well documented over the years. These antics have infuriated opposing players and fans.
Surprisingly enough, Valverde has a tendency of infuriating his own fans with bouts of ineptitude at the worst possible times.
A prime example of this was during Game 1 of the 2012 ALCS against the New York Yankees when Valverde gave up a game-tying, ninth inning home run to Raul Ibanez. The Yankees were down by four runs in the ninth.
His inability to close out the Yankees caused him to lose his closing job to Phil Coke for the rest of the ALCS.
When Valverde is not pissing off fans , teammates and opponents, he is pretty good, as he averages 34 saves over a 162 game season.
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There is no doubt Alex Rodriguez is one of the greatest MLB players of the modern era. His numbers speak for itself as he places fifth in home runs (647) and seventh in RBI (1950).
The problem with Rodriguez is that for a guy with so much innate talent he has the propensity to tick off fans and teammates alike. His poor play in the 2012 postseason was bad enough (.120 BA in 7 games) but his extracurricular activities involving female fans infuriated many of the Yankee faithful.
This isn’t the first time Rodriguez has pissed people off as he had a famous spat with Derek Jeter over comments made in 2001 Esquire magazine article.
Rodriguez is a prime example of a player who is immensely talented but susceptible to his own poor behavioral choices.