MLB Player Rivalries with the Most Bad Blood
As we learned during Thursday's Dodgers-Padres brawl, there are still plenty of bitter player rivalries in Major League Baseball at the moment.
These days, too many players confide in themselves and their teammates and fail to create the drama that we as fans love to see take place.
With no characters like Pedro Martinez, Earl Weaver or even Ozzie Guillen in the game now, we have to rely on moments like Thursday to reignite our thirst for player rivalries.
Here is a look at some of the player rivalries that still exist in the MLB, starting with the one currently in the spotlight.
Zack Greinke and Matt Kemp vs. Carlos Quentin
These three NL West players are not the best of friends at the moment, and they have every reason not to be after Thursday's bench-clearing brawl.
Greinke, who had hit Quentin three previous times with a pitch, plunked the Padres outfielder in the bottom of the sixth inning on a 3-2 count, and then all chaos ensued.
After Quentin stormed the mound and broke Greinke's collar bone in the process, Kemp made sure that he shared his opinion on the matter in the tunnel after the game (via USA Today).
Unfortunately for lovers of baseball theatrics, just one of these three players will be out on the diamond on Monday when the Dodgers and Padres play at Dodger Stadium.
Greinke is obviously out for quite some time with his broken collarbone, and Quentin has smartly accepted his eight-game suspension, which he began serving on Sunday (via Los Angeles Times).
Brandon Phillips vs. Yadier Molina
Another National League divisional rivalry that has heated up during past seasons has been the one between the St. Louis Cardinals and Cincinnati Reds.
The two players at the center of the melee have been Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina and Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips.
In 2010, the feud reached its current climax when Phillips and Molina were at the center of a brawl at Great American Ballpark (via Yahoo! Sports).
With every series between the two teams since, Reds fans boo Molina while Cardinals fans show their disdain for Phillips.
While all things on this front seem to be cooling, we all know it only takes one small thing to provoke another incident.
Giancarlo Stanton vs. Every Former Marlin Player
Giancarlo Stanton is a unique breed in today's game. Not only has he competed under two different first names in his brief career, he is also the only remaining superstar on the Miami Marlins roster.
The Marlins, who are notorious for offseason salary dumps, let go of stars Josh Johnson, Mark Buehrle and Jose Reyes in a trade with the Blue Jays and let Hanley Ramirez go to the Dodgers during the 2012 season.
With Stanton being the only marquee name left in a lineup that includes the journeyman veteran trio of Greg Dobbs, Placido Polanco and Juan Pierre, he has a right to feel left out of the salary dumping of the Miami front office.
While Stanton's displeasure is mostly focused on the Marlins front office, he probably does feel a bit of anger towards the players who were able to escape South Beach (via USA Today).
Bryce Harper vs, Mike Trout
This is a feud that has mostly been played up by fans, but it would be interesting to see if Bryce Harper and Mike Trout played in the same league.
Harper and Trout stole the headlines last season with their terrific rookie campaigns, but their style of play differs greatly.
Harper is more brash in his discussions with the press, an attitude that was highlighted by his infamous quote from back in June (via ESPN).
On the other hand, Trout is the more well-liked of the two and usually lets his play for himself.
With two contrasting attitudes in these two highly talented players, it would be interesting to see what would happen if the two engaged in more head-to-head duels on the field.
For those wondering if the Angels and Nationals will play each other this season, that is not the case, but maybe next year we can see the two phenoms sharing the same diamond in a three-game series.
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