While professional athletes are looked very highly upon by the American public, they often times do not act accordingly. From being violent, to being just plain rude, these athletes often times are really nasty people. Here are 25 of the meanest players in MLB history.
While Babe was generally a good guy on the field, he often times drank heavily and chased women while he was married.
Oh, there is no doubt that Rickey was a phenomenal athlete. However, he wanted to make sure that the entire world knew how great of an athlete he was. Rickey was known to talk about himself in the third person in order to make himself sound better. He was never happy unless he got what he wanted, and he didn't care what it took to get that.
Jones was always a decent pitcher. He made big news though when he opened up about homosexual players. Jones said in an interview, "I wouldn't want a gay guy being around me. It's got nothing to do with me being scared. That's the problem: All these people say he's got all these rights. Yeah, he's got rights or whatever, but he shouldn't walk around proud..."
While Jones is not the only player who has negative feelings for homosexual players, he certainly expressed his feelings in the most overt manner.
George Steinbrenner. The man, the myth, the legend himself. All he ever cared about was winning. He never cared what it took or how many people he would upset along the way, all he ever wanted was a championship. He was known for relieving employees of their jobs if this was not accomplished. Yes Boss, you were one of the nastiest people in baseball.
Kingman was a very feared batter during his days. However, he was often feared for his "jokes" and rudeness off the field. Kingman once sent a rat with a note attached saying, "My Name is Sue," to female reporter Sue Fornoff. Kingman was later fined $3,500 for the incident, but either way, he has earned a spot on the list.
"The Big Hurt" was another guy who believed that he was a god-like figure on the diamond. He demanded that people look up to him on a higher level than everyone else. He never got along well with teammates and was known to be extremely self-centered. No matter how he was performing, he still saw himself as the best and wanted everyone else to do the same.
Pierzynski is arguably the loudest and one of the most distracting players in the game today. He does not fare well with teammates and management. His antics often can be directed at other players or coaches, and he has become a big clubhouse distraction.
Do we need to say anymore? Rogers attacked a cameraman during a pregame warmup because the guy wanted to film him. Rogers was suspended 20 games for the act and was forced to take anger management classes but either way he is definitely one of the nastiest.
Lasorda was never afraid to express his opinion and when he did it, usually included profanity. Here is an example of Lasorda's responses to a post-game interview question:
"What's my opinion of Kingman's performance!? What the f--- do you think is my opinion of it? I think it was f------ horse s---! Put that in, I don't f------ care. Opinion of his performance? Jesus Christ, he beat us with three f------ home runs! What the f--- do you mean, 'What is my opinion of his performance?' How could you ask me a question like that, 'What is my opinion of his performance?' Jesus Christ, he hit three home runs! Jesus Christ! I'm f------ pissed off to lose the f------ game. And you ask me my opinion of his performance! Jesus Christ. That's a tough question to ask me, isn't it? 'What is my opinion of his performance?'"
Need we say more?
Landis was an extreme racist. Because of his racist beliefs as a commissioner, the color barrier remained in the MLB for longer than it should have. Three years after Landis died, Jackie Robinson made his major league debut.
Sheffield got on a hotel elevator in Baltimore and a five-year-old kid looked at him and said, "Wow! You're Gary Sheffield."
Sheffield looked at the kid and responded, "Yeah, who the f*** else would I be?"
To a five-year-old...Really?
Mr. October. One of the most self-centered players to play the game. He believed that he was one of the most important people on the face of the earth. He often times would start arguments in the clubhouse and he was very sexist. His combination of on-the-field attitude and off-the-field antics land him a spot on this list.
Guillen is a very talented baseball player. However, his attitude and his temper have caused him to move from team to team and disrupt his career. Over 14 years in the majors, Guillen has been with 10 different teams. He does not get along well with teammates and has been known to snap into a furious rage with coaches at any minute.
Johnson had one of the best fastballs in the game during his time in the majors. His attitude and pitches had something in common; they were both nasty. Johnson caused issues in the clubhouse and was never friendly with reporters because he thought they were wasting his time. While Johnson may get into the Hall of Fame, he was still one of the meanest players.
Clemens is arguably one of the best pitchers the MLB has ever seen. However, arguments can also be made that he does not deserve this recognition. While in the middle of a steroid investigation in baseball, Clemens lied to a grand jury, only furthering speculations that he had in fact used performance enhancing drugs. Being known as a liar and a cheat, Clemens is one of the nastiest players to play the game.
Kent is one of the most intense players in the game, and his passion for winning has driven him to many fights with teammates. He is loud and not afraid to hold back from voicing his opinion. Kent is a major distraction and has earned himself a spot on this list.
Insane or not, Rocker was one of the nastiest people to be a part of the game.
Bud Selig once tried to get Rocker to go for treatment to help his anger issues, to which Rocker responded by saying that Selig was scared, and he was only trying to get people off his a**.
Bradley seems to hate the world. He is almost always angry and has a temper to fit. He is about as likely to hit someone as he is to hit the ball most days. Bradley also has been called insane but either way, he is one of the most nasty players in the game.
OK, let's be honest. While Bobby Cox holds the record for most all-time ejections, he is enjoyable to watch. Either way Cox is a nasty person.
Everett has proclaimed to be an extreme Bible-following person. When caught cheating on his wife, he blamed "demons" for causing him to. He often argues with managers and has been known to cause scenes when he is not in the lineup.
He also called the Red Sox organization a group of racists.
Pedro had many antics up his sleeve during his career. He was never afraid to state his opinion about something. After a loss to the Yankees, he called them his "daddy." Pedro also had a temper and during a brawl one game, Pedro ran over to Don Zimmer and threw the 78-year-old coach to the ground. Yes Pedro, you were one of the nastiest.
Hey, the man liked to beat meat. Simon, you have earned this spot after beating up a sausage.
Albert Belle had one of the worst tempers in baseball. He was known to go absolutely insane in the clubhouse if things weren't going his way. He would break anything in sight along with screaming and confronting players. The Indians would charge Belle $10,000 for damages he caused every year.
You know the story. Five years ago everyone loved Bonds, now everyone hates him. As a liar and a cheater, Bonds is one of the nastiest people in baseball.
Cobb was easily the nastiest person to ever don a baseball uniform. Cobb would kill a man on the field if he had the chance to. He was well known for going into bases, spikes high, in order to hurt the other team if it meant he would be safe. He was a very feared player on the field and just as feared off the field. He was extremely racist and he was once reported as assaulting a handicapped person in the stands. He is in the Hall of Fame but he was one of the nastiest people to play the game.