When New York Yankees designated hitter Jorge Posada made some noise over the weekend by taking himself out of the starting lineup after learning he would be batting ninth in the batting order, immediately reports swirled about supposed bad blood between Posada and Yankees manager Joe Girardi, and even with general manager Brian Cashman.
By the following day, Posada had apologized for his actions, and all was forgiven by the Yankees and fans, as Posada was greeted with a thunderous ovation when announced as a pinch-hitter during the nationally-televised Sunday night game.
While Posada and his 16-plus seasons in the Bronx may have earned him a mulligan with his hissy fit, it brings to mind a list of players in MLB history who were not just one-and-done types of villains in the world of baseball.
There have been players and others who, for various reasons, have come to be regarded as true bad boys in the annals of baseball history, and most of them earned their reputations through their attitudes in the clubhouse, their demeanor and behavior towards fans and media, and through off-field actions that called into question their immaturity and their attitudes.
We will take a look at a list of 50 players in Major League Baseball who have been labeled as villains.
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