Alex Rodriguez and MLB's 30 Most Vilified Players Ever

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Alex Rodriguez and MLB's 30 Most Vilified Players Ever
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Rodriguez can do no right in the public eye.

New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez just began in earnest his journey back to the team, but even while he has been off the diamond, he has been in the spotlight. Media hordes have hounded Rodriguez as much as ever during this DL stint, as the Yankees (minus their cleanup hitter) streaked into first place and allegations surfaced about Rodriguez and some Hollywood stars engaging in illegal underground poker games.

He's no stranger to the scrutiny, some of it earned, some of it decidedly not so. With each passing year, Rodriguez seems to become more comfortable in his role as media lightning rod and bearer of heavy burdens. Yet, the accumulated criticism with which he has dealt over the years clearly pains him.

Such is the life for some of baseball's all-time greats. Many have dealt with both unfounded and legitimate media lashings, public disdain and teammates' scorn. Some of the greatest suffered worst. Here are the 30 players in MLB history who, by hook or by crook, became most vilified.

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