The Most 'Uncoachable' Players in MLB History
For all the great memories that baseball has given us during its great history, there have also been a number of players, teams and incidents that have not resembled everything this game stands for.
The term "uncoachable" can be used loosely in some regards, as some players who could prove to be the most uncoachable may not even need all that much in the way of help, nevertheless they do not help themselves or their team's by taking such a hard-headed approach to the game.
Clubhouse presence is not a tangible statistic, but there is no debating the positive impact that it can have on a team's chances to succeed, which is why these players could have left a much more positive legacy had they taken the high road on and off the field.
In a clubhouse with superstars like the New York Yankees had, you could see where Reggie Jackson and his elite status may have issues sharing the attention.
His thoughts about himself are summed up best by a quote (up for debate) that was noted in a May 1977 issue of Sport:
This team, it all flows from me. I'm the straw that stirs the drink. Maybe I should say me and (Thurman) Munson, but he can only stir it bad.
Former teammate Omar Vizquel did note that "all" of Albert Belle's bats were corked, likely leading to the power he produced while in Cleveland, but it was a particular incident that stuck out among others.
After Belle's bat was confiscated before a game due to suspicion of corking, Indians pitcher Jason Grimsley actually made an attempt during the game to swap the bat.
The ploy did not work, and Belle was suspended for a week.
Dick Allen is one of those players who is occasionally considered among the best former ballplayers who does not have a home in the Hall of Fame.
He has got seemingly good enough numbers, but the negative interactions he had on a regular basis with the media and teammates did not help him win over any voters.
Rickey Henderson is the best base stealer of all time, and we may very well never see his record fall, forever etching his place in baseball history.
For every bit as good as he was though, he was not ashamed to let the league, the fans, and of course the media, know it.
With as much raw talent as anyone in the league during his time he might not have needed much in the way of coaching, but even if it was offered, it is hard to believe Henderson would have put more effort into listening.
Jose Guillen's temper may have gotten the best of him in what was a career that probably could have taken him farther than it did.
His inability to get along with teammates and coaches certainly did not help him find a consistent home, as he put in time with more than a third of the league.
After testing positive for a banned women's fertility drug in 2009, Manny Ramirez was handed a 50-game suspension, but he was not done there.
Last year he tested positive once again, this time receiving a 100-game ban, after which he retired. He then came out of retirement to sign a minor-league deal with the A's although nothing materialized.
Just Manny being Manny I guess.
To the surprise of many, Carlos Zambrano surfaced in south Florida with the Miami Marlins, where he was paired with another eccentric figure in the always fiery Ozzie Guillen.
His explosive personality has been a detriment to clubhouses, and while it's no doubt a distraction, seeing him walk away from teams may have been the best thing for them.
Carl Everett is remembered by many for the flashes of brilliance that he showed, if even for a single at-bat.
But what the majority of us likely remember him for are the numerous altercations he had with umpires, some resulting in extended suspensions.
There's also the fact that he's a blatant homophobic, made public in an interview with Maxim when he said that "Gays being gay is wrong" and that "Two women can't produce a baby, two men can't produce a baby, so it's not how it's supposed to be. … I don't believe in gay marriages. I don't believe in being gay."
He also noted that if he had a gay teammate he'd either consider retiring or "set them straight."
Barry Bonds may be baseball's all-time home run champion, but he'll never be confused with baseball's most likeable players. His unapproachable demeanor alienated teammate after teammate, and the PED scandal hasn't in any way helped his image.
Indicted on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice in 2007, Bonds has spent just as much time in the limelight for the controversy as he has for his home run-hitting tendencies.
Much like Rickey Henderson, Bonds had so much talent packed into his swing that he didn't need much coaching, but the way he approached teammates and organizations in general isn't the way a leader should carry themselves.
There's no doubt that Vince Coleman had a great deal of talent, but unfortunately it wasn't in any way enough to outweigh all the distractions that he brought to a clubhouse.
Whether it was the numerous arguments he got into with managers and teammates, his ignoring of base coaches' signs on the basepaths, or the incident in which he actually threw a lit firecracker into a group of fans, Coleman was a mess much of the time.
Milton Bradley's time in the league was seemingly always mired in controversy.
In 2007 as a member of the San Diego Padres, he actually managed to tear his ACL while being restrained by manager Bud Black.
With the Chicago Cubs in 2009, Bradley was sent home during a game by then manager Lou Pineilla after throwing a tantrum in the dugout.