Baseball, like every other sport, is filled with players we as fans respect and look up to. These players are also well respected and well liked around baseball by their fellow players. Players like Roy Halladay come to mind.
But, this article is not about those players. This article, is a tribute to the players that we hate the most.
Some of these players are hated because they have terribly unpleasant personalities. Some have had black marks on their careers due to scrums and brawls. Others, have been unsportsmanlike towards opposing teams and their fans. And some, have left former teams with a bad taste in their mouths and have made whole cities hate them.
Certain players have had off-field issues affect the way we view them. Some have been named as players who have used performance-enhancing drugs in their careers. Others have had issues with the law and illegal substances used for recreational purposes.
Regardless of the reasons, fans and players seem to hate them with a passion.
So without further ado, let the slideshow begin.
Andy Pettitte will most likely go down as one of the most dominant pitchers in Major League Baseball history. Andy Pettitte is among the leaders in many career categories and has never won the CY Young award. Andy is also very likely to be a Hall Of Famer when he finally makes up his mind and retires.
Pettitte has been a Yankee for a huge chunk of his career which probably makes him less and less likely to be loved. Besides being a Yankee, it was revealed that Andy Pettitte used performance-enhancing drugs during his career. As if it wasn't bad enough, Pettitte was said to be involved in PED's with best buddy Roger Clemens, making him even more hated. A ton of people have lost a lot of respect for him over the years.
Carlos Gomez is considered to be one of the fastest players in the MLB. For quite sometime Carlos was considered to be one of the top prospects in baseball and was said to have five-tool potential.
Carlos Gomez was coveted by the New York Mets and was only pried away from the Mets as Gomez was one of the centerpieces in the deal that landed Johan Santana in New York. Needless to say, the Twins had massive hopes for Carlos. Unfortunately, Gomez was a bust and was traded last year to the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for shortstop J.J. Hardy.
Gomez was well known around the majors as being a cocky and arrogant jerk who though he was all that. Carlos liked to think he was a star and enjoyed instigating brawls. His unbearable personality was acknowledged by Twins manager Ron Gardenhire who told reporters that he couldn't stand Carlos Gomez.
You know your bad when a coach like the respected Ron Gardenhire says that you are an unpleasant person.
Jose Reyes has some "attitude" problems that have contributed to the hatred that has been directed towards Reyes over the course of his career. I should start by saying though, that unlike Carlos Gomez, Reyes is actually an excellent and talented player who is among the games best when healthy. But, his attitude and personality is one that makes opposing players and fans want to punch him in the face.
Reyes has developed a bit of a reputation for being immature and quite stupid. His reputation took it's first blows as his on-field theatrics during the Mets losing seasons didn't exactly endear him to the fans. Reyes had a tendency to celebrate like a child and do dances that pissed off his teammates and coaches. A lot of people dislike Reyes and a lot of fans have taken issue with the amount of injuries Reyes seems to suffer from. Others have had the idea of Reyes using steroids and in some ways it makes sense but, is unlikely. One of the Mets announcers had some choice comments for the play of Jose Reyes which resulted in the two actually coming to blows.
Hanley Ramirez is considered to be the best shortstop in the MLB. I personally do not share that opinion, but to each his own. Hanley has had several very productive seasons in the majors and has been very consistent. Hanley was acquired by the Marlins a few years back in the deal that saw Josh Beckett and Mike Lowell end up in Boston.
Most have always known that like most superstars, Hanley has been a little lackadaisical at times and has been a bit immature as well. Late in the 2010 baseball season, Hanley fouled a ball of his but, seemed to be fine and stayed in the game. Hanley then grounded into a double play and ran very nonchalantly. He then later in the game booted a ground ball into the outfield and ran lazily to get it. This drew the ire of then coach Fredi Gonzalez who promptly benched Hanley. A war of words ensued and there was a ton of bad blood. Some wonder if Gonzalez was relieved because of this war with Hanley.
Either way, these incidents and his attitude have not made him a very popular guy.
Johnny Cueto has been a pretty decent pitcher during his first few years in baseball. Cueto turned heads in the minors as he posted incredibly good numbers and quickly joined the Cincinnati Reds' rotation at the start of the 2008 season. Cueto had several impressive games as a rookie but was also inconsistent and wild at times. Perhaps Cueto's best year was last year as Johnny went 12-7 with a very respectable ERA of 3.64.
However, Cueto like most players on this list hasn't always been the best person.in the world. Johnny Cueto became one of the least liked players in baseball last year during a game with the St.Louis Cardinals. When a brawl broke out during that game, Cueto ended up being suspended for seven games because he kicked Cardinals catcher Jason LaRue and Chris Carpenter in the face. This act of stupidity has made almost everyone around baseball hate Johnny Cueto.
For obvious reasons, a lot of people have a lot of issues with Carl Pavano. Pavano was an important part of the Florida Marlins success in the late 90's-early 21st Century. Carl helped lead the Florida Marlins to a World Series victory against the (guess who) New York Yankees in 2003. In Pavano's contract year, he had a record of 18-8 and posted an ERA of exactly 3.00. Pavano then decided to sign a four-year contract worth approx. $40 million with the New York Yankees. Pavano also went on to play with Cleveland Indians and is currently with the Minnesota Twins.
A lot of people dislike Carl because of his cocky and snobby attitude. His nice fancy cars and his egotistical ways and model girlfriends made fans slightly annoyed with Pavano. When Carl signed the before mentioned contract with the Yankees it was considered a nice signing for the Yanks. Unfortunately, the deal didn't work out and Pavano became known as one of the biggest busts in MLB history. Many Yankees fans and coaches/executives obviously dislike Carl Pavano. Adding further salt to the wound, after he left the Yankees, Pavano magically became a really good pitcher again and helped lead the Twins to the playoffs last year with an excellent season.
A.J. Burnett is one of my least favorite players in baseball, would you be surprised to hear that I am a Blue Jay fan?
A.J. Burnett has pitched in the majors for about eleven years now. He pitched for the Florida Marlins for seven seasons helping them to a World Series victory and threw one no-hitter in his time there. Burnett then signed a lucrative contract with the Blue Jays and opted out after the third year. As all good pitchers do, Burnett signed on with the Yankees for a large sum of money and has been with them ever since.
There are a lot of people who hate A.J. Burnett but, certain people for different reasons. Blue Jays fans for example hated Burnett's attitude and his lack of performance until his contract year. Jays fans also couldn't of been happy that he opted out of his nice contract in search of even bigger money. Yankees fans dislike Burnett for under performing and struggling in clutch situations. In addition to being a complete jerk, A.J. may have some of the best "stuff" in the game. People have been frustrated with A.J. in the past because they know just how good he is and could be but, he has never truly come into his own.
Francisco Rodriguez has been one of the better closers in baseball throughout his career. "K-Rod" as he is more often referred to as has absolutely electric stuff. K-Rod has pitched almost his entire career with the Los Angeles Angels (2002-2008) in which he helped the Angels reach the postseason more than once. K-Rod's best season came in 2008 when he had a marvelous 62 saves (MLB record) and posted a fantastic ERA of 2.24.
Regardless of how great he is, K-Rod has definitely not been the easiest person to deal with in his career. Francisco has had massive attitude problems and has acted like a child. K-Rod got really upset and acted immaturely when he blew a save. When he saved a game, he would celebrate like he had won the lottery and do things that teams felt were unsportsmanlike. In addition to being a problem child, K-Rod has been involved in several arguments with coaches that have become very heated. Last year, Rodriguez was arrested in August for beating up his girlfriend's father.
Not the nicest guy, eh?
Before I begin, I would like to mention that I despise Nyjer Morgan with a passion like no other.
Nyjer Morgan is a very talented player regardless of what I think though. Morgan has a crazy amount of speed at his disposal and is a very good defensive center fielder. Morgan hasn't really gotten a lot of opportunity to play during his relatively brief career. Last year he played in 136 games for the Washington Nationals, far surpassing his career totals in games played. With the Nats Morgan was mediocre but OK.
Nyjer's biggest impact on the Nats came when he opened his mouth. Like a lot of young and cocky players, Morgan has some serious attitude problems. He has this swagger about him that one hates. Last year, things started to crumble around the perfect little world of Nyjer. In a game in late August, Morgan threw a ball at a fan in the stands. He received a 7-game suspension which was appealed and he was cleared. About a week later, Morgan collided with Marlins catcher Brett Hayes at home plate and separated the catcher's shoulder. Needless to say, the Marlins were upset. The following night Florida threw behind Morgan a few times and Nyjer took exception. He charged the mound and received an 8-game suspension from the MLB and an undisclosed fine.
It pains me to put David Ortiz on this list because he is one of my favorite players.
David Ortiz is one of the best clutch hitters in Boston Red Sox history. David began his career in Minnesota with the Twins and played there for five years until he was released. Ortiz then signed a contract with the Red Sox and he has been there ever since. David (or Big Papi) has enjoyed a ton of success in Boston winning a couple World Series titles with them. Big Papi holds the MLB record for most home runs by a DH and has been to the All-Star game six times.
I was sad when people began raging on David Ortiz. I am not a Red Sox fans by any means but, I have an enormous amount of respect for him. A lot of fans around baseball have issues with Ortiz and say he is lazy and should not be playing baseball. Even Red Sox fans have taken issue with David over recent years as David's numbers have trailed off. In 2009, it was discovered that Ortiz had tested positive for performance enhancing drugs and was named in the Mitchell Report. David has been under much criticism for the past years because of this but, has silenced his critics by having a phenomenal season last season.
Jonathan Papelbon is one of the best closers in the MLB. He has had several successful seasons with the Boston Red Sox since 2006 as he has had numerous seasons with tons of saves. Papelbon's career ERA is a spectacular 2.22 and has recorded 188 total saves. Papelbon had an off year last year as his ERA was unusually inflated and his numbers were very concerning.
Jonathan Papelbon is one weird dude. By all reports, Papelbon is not a nice guy and doesn't interact well with fans. Jonathan has a bit of a cold personality and doesn't seem to get along well with his teammates. Papelbon has a look of death in his eyes and is just a weird guy who makes fans uneasy. Last year, Papelbon had a pretty terrible year and drew the ire of Red Sox fans. Jonathan has also taken heat for his on-field celebrations after a save.
Prince Fielder is one of the most interesting players in baseball. Weighing in at 268lbs and only being 5"11", Fielder is one baseballs largest players. Fielder is also one of the most powerful players in all of baseball and has had several nice seasons. In six seasons, Fielder has hit 192 career home runs and has hit 50 home runs in a season. Fielder plays for the Milwaukee Brewers and has been the subject of trade rumors during the past few months.
Prince Fielder is not the nicest of all people. Prince is the son of former major league player Cecil Fielder and they have a very strained relationship. They feud all the time and Prince says he wants to accomplish things, simply to shut his father up. Fielder is known for being very greedy and very aggressive. One time, Manny Parra and Fielder got into a fight in which Fielder was restrained by teammates. Parra accused Prince of being lazy and that might be true. A lot of his teammates don't like him and his immature attitude drives some people nuts.
Brandon Phillips was a highly rated prospect in the Angels system and had great expectations. The Cleveland Indians would go on to acquire Brandon in what would be the worst trade in history as the Indians also acquired Cliff Lee and Grady Sizemore and gave up Bartolo Colon. I wonder who won that trade? Phillips progressed at a snail's with the Indians and they got fed up with him and shipped him to Cincinnati where he has been good ever since.
Brandon Phillips, like almost everyone on this list, has some attitude problems. He thinks very highly of himself and can be unbearable at times. He isn't that easy to get along with and is very moody at times. One of his best examples were his comments towards St.Louis in which he used curse-words to describe how he felt about the Cardinals and their city. Needless to say, people were angry. In an August game against the Cards, Phillips lead off the game and tapped his bat on catcher Yadier Molina who took exception and a brawl began. Phillips is an instigator and a bit of a baby.
Pedro Martinez was one of the best pitchers in the major leagues for a very long time. Pedro won the CY Young award three times in his career and was selected to eight All-Star games. His numbers were great and he won the triple crown of pitching in 1999. He has 219 career wins and 3,000 strikeouts. Pedro is a sure-fire Hall of Famer without a shred of a doubt.
Pedro was a longtime Red Sox pitcher and in Boston was where he became hated., In the playoffs in 2003, the Red Sox and Yankees squared off in the ALCS. During the game screaming matches erupted from both dugouts and Pedro was right in the middle of it as he made threatening signs towards Yankees catcher Jorge Posada. When Roger Clemens later hit Manny in the game, the benches cleared and Martinez ended up throwing 72-year old Yankee coach Don Zimmer to the ground. Needless to say, a lot of fans and players dislike Pedro.
Kevin Youkilis has been a great player for the Boston Red Sox ever since he entered the MLB. Since 2006, Youkilis has been a rock in the Red Sox lineup everyday and has performed amazingly well. He is a solid defender who is very versatile in the infield. He is almost a guarantee to hit .300 and hits a lot of home runs as well as drives in a ton of runs.
Kevin Youkilis is not well liked around the majors. He plays the game with passion and intensity. He has a habit of being involved in collisions at the plate and being a scrappy player. He is also a jealous player with a bad temper and a flare for the dramatics. He instigates fights and gets hit a lot for being silly. Many players dislike him saying that he is a liar and a dirty player.
Manny Ramirez is one of the greatest hitters of all time. His numbers are outstanding and he is among the leaders in almost every offensive category as far as career stats are concerned. He is almost guaranteed to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. He has won several awards and has two World Series rings.
Manny Ramirez is also one of the mot controversial players to ever step onto the baseball diamond. Manny's lackadaisical attitude and unwillingness to put any effort in on defense has annoyed people to their limits. Wherever Manny has gone, he has always left the teams with a sour taste. Is real annoying streak began when he joined the Red Sox in the early parts of the 21st Century. The fans loved Manny most times but often got angry at him for his lack of effort. When he made an error or did something silly, they called it, "Manny being Manny", or what some called it, "Manny just being stupid". Another black mark on Ramirez's resume came when he was suspended for 50 games for using performance-enhancing drugs. Manny claimed they were to help him with his "problem" but, no one really believed that.
Carlos Zambrano has been with the Chicago Cubs for his entire career. The Big Z as he is affectionately known as has been a model of consistency with the Cubs (pitching wise) and has a career ERA of 3.50. Zambrano has 116 career victories in the MLB and has recorded 1441 strikeouts during his nice career.
Most people around baseball knew that the Big Z could sometimes have a bit of a temper but, in 2009 they saw how bad it truly was. Zambrano got ejected in the 7th inning in a game against Pittsburgh and he absolutely exploded. Zambrano threw the baseball into left field along with his glove in addition to his yelling at the umpire. He went into the dugout, picked up a baseball bat and destroyed the Gatorade dispenser. He received a six-game suspension and was fined about $3000. In 2010, Zambrano got into a heated argument with Derrek Lee in which the two had to be separated. He was forced to go to anger management and returned and did well.
A.J. Pierzynski has been the primary catcher for the Chicago White Sox since 2005. Pierzynski is one of the best defensive catchers in baseball as he holds the record barely over Yogi Berra in consecutive error less chances at 962. He has been a great catcher as well on the offensive side of things.
But, A.J. is far more well-known for being a pest. Ozzie Guillen has said that if you play against him, you hate him, if you play with him, you hate him a little less. And that is pretty well the case. A.J. is infamous for being involved in controversies. Early in his career, he collided with Cubs catcher Micheal Barrett and a fight ensued. A report from San Fransisco after A.J. left claimed that he had kneed the Giants athletic trainer. He was also accused of trying to injure Justin Morneau with his spikes twice but it was never proven.
Milton Bradley has always had a ton of power in his bat but, was often injured and sometimes lacked the effort. In his career he has had several shortened seasons due to the injury problems.
Milton Bradley has some very serious issues. Milton Bradley has some serious anger problems and is a massive child. After earning a massive contract with the Cubs a few years back, expectations were high for Milton. During his time with the Cubs he had been suspended two games for allegedly making contact with an umpire while arguing. Bradley was sent home later that month after throwing a fit when he hit a fly-out against the White Sox. Cubs coach Lou Pinella and Milton got into it after the game and had a heated exchange. After making himself hated with disrespectful media comments against the Cubs, Bradley was suspended for the season. He was promptly traded to the Mariners later that year. He has had several incidents and has been reportedly suicidal. He is the second most hated player in the majors.
Alex Rodriguez is one of the most accomplished hitters in baseball. He has hit 613 home runs in his career and is on pace to challenge the home run record. He has 2672 hits and his career average is a pretty decent .303. He is a 13 time All-Star and has won the MVP award three times. He won the the Hank Aaron Award four times.and won two gold gloves.
But, A-Rod's career has been clouded by black spots on his resume. Alex Rodriguez has always been hated by players because of his egotistical nature and his cocky attitude. A-Rod frequently did things on the field that irked other teams and he was often hit by a pitch as a result. A lot of players and writers criticize Alex for the lack of winning that has happened in New York as well. Alex was given the nickname "A-Roid" when it was revealed that Alex had used performance enhancing drugs. Rodriguez's already weak reputation was once again kicked. His personal life has crumbled away as well as it was reported that he used several prostitutes on numerous occasions during his marriage and this lead to the divorce between he and his wife. A-Rod is not very well liked by his team, the media, the fans, or anybody else for that matter. He is a liar, a cheater, and a disgrace to society.
A-Rod is without a doubt, the most hated player in baseball.