Not all baseball players are nice guys. Many, in fact, don’t have a nice bone in their body.
And teams, other players and fans take note of these people. Playing the game incorrectly, mistreating the fans or the media, cheating and breaking the law are just a few ways to become one of the most hated players in baseball. Of course, there are several other ways to land on that dreaded list.
Does being a meanie imply that these aren’t successful people, though? Absolutely not. Some of the best players ever to take the field have had bad attitudes. Being that guy doesn’t seem to affect their numbers—just look at the all-time home run leader, who we’ll look at later in this slideshow.
Baseball is a funny sport and examining some of the crazy things that players have done to be deemed “hated” is rather comical. Let’s take a look at some of these hated players, ranking the top 25 of all time.