All too often in the world of sports, we hear about the misadventures and shockingly bad behavior from professional sports athletes. In general, athletes are well-behaved, but those few that get in the news for DUIs, domestic abuse charges, drug-related offenses and other misdeeds tend to drown out the good work of many other athletes.
In baseball, there have been several cases of such behavior that has permeated print and online media publications. While fans are no doubt angry and put off by their childish and immature behavior, there are many other players in Major League Baseball who continually set a good example through their play on the field, their locker-room demeanor and their off-field activities.
Many lists have been written characterizing the greatest players of all-time, the most popular players and on and on, ad nauseum.
We will take a look at the players in Major League Baseball history who were widely respected by other players, coaches and fans alike.
Here is a list of the 50 most beloved players in Major League Baseball history.
Doug Mead is a featured columnist with Bleacher Report. His work has been featured on the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, SF Gate, CBS Sports, the Los Angeles Times and the Houston Chronicle. Follow Doug on Twitter, @Sports_A_Holic.