This is my second article in my "Top Ten" series. I hope you love reading these stories as much as I love doing research for them.
I would like to thank wikipedia for helping me write this article. One more note. The player above is not #1 on this list
The ten names on this list are all on this list for a reason. Whether they doctored pitches, threw games, "juiced" on a regular basis, they are still cheaters of the game we all love.
I heard a quote of a random person last night and really didn't may much attention to who said but this is what he said (paraphrasing): Baseball has remained great even through all the people who have tried to screw it up over the years.
These are those people.
How did Gaylord Perry win so many games when he really didn't have the velocity of Nolan Ryan or Bob Gibson. He often used the spit ball. It is suspected that he doctored every pitch of his major league career and few can deny this after his autobiography, "Me and The Spitter".
He was not caught doing this until his 21st season in the majors
Though the former Cardinals slugger has never tested positive for "illegal" drugs, he left little doubt when he refused to testify before congress that he was innocent. For years he has avoided the subject by simply saying "I will not talk about my past," or other similar ridiculous statements.
Darryl Strawberry was a star for the Mets, Yankees, Giants, and the Dodgers.
However I will remember him for being a drug addict. He made many bad choices in his lifetime and I think he will live in infamy for those choices.
Albert Belle once went after a heckler in the stands. Granted, the fan was shouting racial slurs at him but Belle still probably should have ignored him and gotten his phone number after the game. Another time he threw a ball into the stands at another heckler who was referring to his alcoholic past. He was suspended for having a corked bat. He even ran over a trick or treating vandal with his car.
Rafael Palmeiro has over 3,000 hits. Yet, he will not be a Hall of Famer. The reason I think he is ranked three spots ahead of Mark McGwire is because he lied to congress. He pointed a finger at Congress and said that he had never taken steroids. This was a lie obviously and ever since his positive test no one has heard a peep out of him.
Sammy Sosa is in the 600 Home run club. Out of everyone involved in the steriod era, he is the one who could break through and make it to the hall. He has never tested positive and he has contiuously denied using HGH. Then why is he on this list due to pure speculation. His corked bat incident compounded with the steroid speculation leads to Sosa breaking into the top five. His excuse for the incident: The bat boy got it mixed up with his batting practice bats. Okay that's fine, but why is your batting practice bat corked?
John McGraw did whatever he could to get an edge on his opponent as a player and a manager. He became famous for tripping or blocking base runners when the lone umpire was distracted. Not to mention he is second to only Bobby Cox for most times a manager has ever been thrown out of a game.
Ty Cobb is arguably the best hitter in the history of Major League Baseball. He is also the dirtiest player to ever put on cleats. It is wondered how many extra stolen bases he was given because the opposing short stop was afraid of his sharpened cleats.
Do I really need to say much? His name kind of speaks for itself. He was a first ballot hall of famer before he took steroids and his bat speed was impeccable. Barry Bonds stood on the sidelines during the 1998 season when Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa "saved baseball". He wanted that. He had it for a while but it was soon taken away when steroids came into the public eye.
Pete Rose has over 5,000 hits, which is good enough for the all time lead, but he is not in the hall of fame. He was charged with betting against his own team, the Reds and he possibly threw games. He is not above the game so he was banned from Major League baseball forever. It's unfortunate but a fact and that's why he is number one on this list. Out of all the others, he tried and failed the most to try and screw up the great game we call baseball.