LA Dodgers: 5 of the Most Hated Dodgers in Team History
One of the perks of being a member of the L.A. Dodgers is that for the most part, you’ll be loved as long as you play hard. There have been some terrible players who wore the Dodger blue, but they were never hated unless they did something wrong off the field. Most of that can be attributed to the original owners, the O’Malley family, who prided themselves on creating an environment of class and respect on and off the field.
However, there were a few Dodgers that stood out above the rest and received some of the worst wrath from the fans. These are the ones who played so poorly or were such a bad influence in the clubhouse that they remained in a rare class of hate.
Here are five of the most hated Dodgers in team history. Feel free to add your picks in the comments section.
Marichal ended his career with the Dodgers in 1975 and in two games, he was still hated enough from his days as a Giants pitcher to be a hated Dodger.
At the time, fans never forgave Marichal for taking a bat to the head of catcher John Roseboro in 1965, the most volatile on-field moment in the Giants-Dodgers rivalry. Roseboro himself had to calm fans down and reassure them that he harbored no ill will to the future Hall of Famer. But it wasn't enough.
Throw in the fact that Marichal beat the Dodgers more than any other pitcher and he became one of the most disliked players in team history just for the shock of seeing him in a rival uniform. Perhaps it was a good thing that he only lasted two starts before retiring.
It seemed like a great idea in 2007. Bring in Schmidt from the San Francisco Giants and add some star power to the rotation.
Sadly, it never panned out. He spent more time on the disabled list than on the mound and Dodger fans had every reason to hate him. Nearly $15 million per year and it got the team a pitcher who only won three games in two seasons and was on the decline after three All-Star teams.
He can also be hated because he was an example of why the Dodgers didn’t pursue too many other free agents over the last five years. A big waste of payroll that fans hated because they never got to see Schmidt return to his greatness and it haunted the team from chasing after big name pitchers.
I'm noticing a trend here of former Giants not doing too well with the Dodgers. Maybe that's a sign that the team should stop doing deals with them.
Marshall isn’t to be confused with the Cy Young-winning reliever in the 1970s of the same name. This is the guy who patrolled the outfield for most of the 1980s and helped the team won the 1981 and 1988 World Series.
Marshall was a polarizing player who managed to unite Dodgers and Giants fans in hating him. After a late home run vs. the Giants, he gestured towards the dugout to show he wasn’t too thrilled with them intentionally walking to get too him. As a result, he was pelted with garbage as he left Candlestick Park.
But to anger Dodger fans, he caused an internal brawl on his team during batting practice one day. After teammate Phil Garner approached him and asked him to take balls in the outfield, Marshall stewed and eventually both guys came to blows as got the whole team involved.
He also angered the team by going on the injured list frequently and getting what they saw as preferential treatment by the organization.
You can hate DeShields for reason on his own merit. How about averaging .241 in his three seasons in Los Angeles? How about 15 home runs in his career with the team?
You can hate him being a terrible player but moreso, he’s hated because of the man he was traded for. Some young pitcher named Pedro Martinez, who the organization had little faith in and went on to play with a grand chip on his shoulder as he became a future Hall of Fame pitcher.
DeShields earns dual hate for his terrible play on the field and being the piece traded for Martinez. Even worse than when he left the team for the Cardinals, he ended up batting a then-career .295 and led the majors in triples. That’s worthy of hatred.
Quite possibly the worst free agency signing in Dodgers history, Jones never lived up to his two-year contract and earned some of the most wrath from the Dodger Stadium faithful.
It's ironic that this photo has him with Manny Ramirez because depending on who you ask, Manny's either one of the most beloved or reviled Dodgers. Whatever you decide, both men are on opposite sides of the spectrum of the team's road to the 2008 NLCS.
The 2008 season saw Jones hit .158 with only three home runs. He didn’t do himself favors showing up to camp out of shape, and that lack of consistent effort made Dodgers fans find new ways to show their frustration with him.
He only played in 75 games, and the pressure of playing so badly got to Jones so badly, he and the team mutually agreed for him to be released before spring training in 2009. It was a failed experiment and fans will never get over how poor he looked in Dodger blue.