Dale Murphy once said, “Playing baseball is not real life. It's a fantasy world...It's a dream come true."
Guys continue to play in the MLB for a living, which seems to be an exciting enough opportunity to put a smile on one’s face. However, some just show off their grin that much.
Reasons range from lack of productivity to attitude problems.
Some have reason to frown, but these are the guys that should be smiling a lot more.
Jonathan Sanchez has control issues and dealt with injuries this past season.
The recent trade between the San Francisco Giants and Kansas City Royals is sending the lefty across the country this winter.
This could be a nice fresh start for Sanchez.
He can begin his improvement with a bit of a better attitude.
Take a look at Chase Utley, and you’ll see the second-meanest MLB player of 2011, according to Sports Illustrated’s poll.
Jimmy Rollins said Utley rarely smiles and that it’s hard to tell whether he enjoys playing.
"I know Chase loves the game, but does he enjoy it? Sometimes you go, 'Does he?' He's such a tough cookie, and yet, to have his type of success, it doesn't come without loving the game."
Getting paid to play baseball? Seems like plenty reason to smile to me.
Milton Bradley didn’t win the honor of meanest MLB player, but that doesn’t mean he doesn't have serious attitude issues.
His problems in the clubhouse led to the Mariners placing him on waivers back in May.
If he wants to find a solid spot on a team, he needs to alter his demeanor, but it doesn't seem like that is very likely.
Chris Carpenter isn’t the friendliest person on the field.
He was included in Sports Illustrated’s list of the meanest MLB players.
He’s extremely serious on the field, and sometimes a little angry.
He has plenty to smile about now, though.
After winning the World Series with the St. Louis Cardinals this year, maybe Carpenter will have a bit more of a grin at the ballpark.
Then again, maybe he’ll keep his strategy as the Cards look to defend their title next season.
You’d think that with all the endorsement paychecks that are flooding Brian Wilson’s house, he’d have a lot to smile about.
Yet, in spite of all these, you rarely see Wilson smiling.
What will it take to get a little grin?
A.J. Pierzynski doesn’t smile much—and when he’s around other players, neither do they.
Sports Illustrated named Pierzynski baseball’s meanest player this year.
He welcomes his role as a bad guy, and it has not always gone over too well with those who play around him.
It’s working fine for him, though. He was a commentator during the 2011 ALCS and World Series.
Who do you think needs to smile more?
Anyone that should be added to this list?
Leave a comment below with your suggestions.
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