The idea of heroes and villains is central in the telling of any good story, and professional baseball is no different.
Whether it is a player, coach, umpire or front-office type, there are certain baseball personalities who find themselves in the role of pariah.
Sometimes, however, it is not quite as cut and dry as someone being either loved or hated. In the world of baseball, it is very possible for someone to be both.
Here then is a look at the 10 most polarizing figures in baseball today. Some no doubt weigh more heavily on the side of dislike, but each of these 10 men are liked by at least some portion of the population.