Having a big personality in the clubhouse does not necessitate exhibiting leadership skills or even talent on the diamond. Rather, larger-than-life players exist independently of the workplace, with predilections so unwieldy that they cannot be subsumed by the team dynamic. With the daily rigors of pro baseball, these 10 players exerted a gravitational force on the clubhouse, even if that wasn't always a positive thing.
NBA star Darryl Dawkins claimed to be from the planet Lovetron. This list identifies precisely such players, ones either so nutty or so self-aggrandizing as to seem otherworldly.
For the purposes of historical assessment, this list concerns itself with baseball's biggest personalities since 1969, when the league lowered the mound and millions of Americans raised their consciousness in a variety of ways, as a dawning counterculture increased the primacy of self-importance.
Wade Boggs ate chicken everyday. Moises Alou urinated on his hands to improve grip. Dock Ellis threw a no-hitter while high on LSD. And Kevin Rhomberg had an OCD-like obsession that necessitated he touch anything that had touched him, including opposing players, umpires and even the ball itself—perhaps why he only played 41 career games.
None of those players made the cut, as these 10 eccentric individuals distinguished themselves, for better or worse, as the biggest clubhouse personalities in league history.