In professional baseball today, players are portrayed by fans as superheroes. Kids that go to the ballpark for the first time in their life see these huge, muscular men and think they are the best people in the world. What kids don't see is professional athletes lives behind the scenes. Every professional athlete has their share of personal life problems. Some can be seen on the field such as a bad relationship with a coach, a falling out with the media, or being unhappy about a contract situation. Other personal problems can persist off of the playing field. From a marriage that is on the rocks, to a child custody battle that is everlasting, to a family member having a life-threatening disease.
However, some Major League Baseball players take the role of being a bad human being to a whole different level. Some of them have been linked to consistent drug use to help them function on a daily basis. Some have been linked to domestic abuse whether it be to a spouse, friend, loved one, or enemy. Others have even been linked to murder. Whatever their cases may be, they can be considered some of the worst human beings of all time; let alone the worst human beings in the history of Major League Baseball. This list breaks down the worst of the worst; combining the players that did drugs, the players that abused someone, and the players that were convicted of murder. Here is a list of the 20 worst human beings in the history of Major League Baseball.
20 Benito Santiago
Benito Santiago starts out the list at number 20. He was a serviceable MLB catcher for 10 teams in a 20 year career. He was well known for his ability to throw runners out from his knees. He was the 1987 National League Rookie of the Year. He also has the cool statistic of being the first player ever to hit a home-run in the history of the Marlins franchise. Although Benito showed his love for baseball with an extraordinarily long career, he also has shown a significant interest in marijuana usage.
After "hot boxing" his Mercedes in Florida in 2012, he was arrested for running a red light and speeding. He had his highs and lows of his career from being a four time all-star to driving under the influence of drugs and being caught. Definitely not the worst thing in the world, but bad enough to be included in this list of reckless decisions made by MLB players.
19 Josh Hamilton
When the story of trying to make a comeback in the MLB is talked about, the first name that comes to mind is Josh Hamilton. It has been nothing but a roller-coaster of a career and life for Hamilton. On the field, he has been a productive player. He has had five all-star appearances along with three seasons of hitting over 100 RBIs.
Unfortunately, his apparent talent has been overshadowed by his dark obsessions off the diamond. Everyone knows that Josh Hamilton has a reputation of well-known and overused drug and alcohol addiction issues. One of the worst incidents took place when Hamilton was arrested in 2005 for car damage while under the influence of alcohol. Hamilton will always have the questions linked to him: what if he was sober? What if he continued down the right path? Unfortunately, he let drugs and alcohol get the best of him and that is why he secures the number 19 spot on this list.
18 Mel Hall
Touching a child under the age of 18 is inexcusable everywhere in the world. Somewhere down the line, former MLB outfielder Mel Hall didn't seem to get that message. Hall played for four teams during his 13 year career. His career numbers are very disappointing, only hitting .276 with 134 homers in his 13 big league seasons. Hall's claim to fame came off of the field, and not in a good way. Hall was arrested in the state of Texas on two counts of sexual assault because a woman claimed her and Hall engaged in sexual activity when she was under the age of 17. The details only got worse as it was discovered that a 12-year-old also claimed rape, and Hall has since been serving a 45-year prison sentence. For a guy that could have had anything he wanted, Hall decided it was underage girls which landed him an extensive prison sentence and the number 18 spot on this list.
17 Lenny Dykstra
MLB players usually shouldn't have to worry about money. Unfortunately, that wasn't the case for Lenny Dykstra as he lands number 17 on this list. He became a well-known name by being a three time all-star as well as winning World Series titles with both the Mets and the Phillies. But off the diamond, he simply could not stay out of trouble. Dykstra was arrested for drunk driving after a 1991 crash inured both himself and a former teammate. After running a scam business that defrauded dozens of people out of hundreds of thousands of dollars, Dykstra dug himself a deeper hole which led him to credit card fraud, money laundering, and grand theft larceny.
In separate incidents, he was also arrested for sexual harassment, accused of sexual assault, and convicted for sexual misconduct after trying to solicit sex via craigslist on six different occasions. He has had multiple stints in prison and is out now on parole. Such a shame that a career like Lenny Dykstra's was overlooked by his vicious criminal acts.
16 Julio Machado
Coming in at number 16 is former MLB relief pitcher Julio Machado. As a player, he didn't do much in his three MLB seasons, only accumulating 6 saves with a 7-5 career record. His career seemed to be set at the 23 years old. He was poised for an established MLB career until one night in Venezuela when Machado shot a random stranger in the head. On December 8th, 1991. Machado was on his way home from a party when he got in a car accident. After arguing with the other driver, Machado pulled out an illegal handgun and started firing. The bullet struck Edicta Vasquez, 23, in the head, killing her instantly. Machado claimed it was meant to be a warning shot. His charges were reduced from murder to manslaughter, but he was still found guilty and sentenced to 12 years in prison. By the time he got out, his major league career was long gone. It just goes to show that one bad decision can lead an MLB player to a life without baseball and a spot on the worst human beings in MLB history list.
15 Milton Bradley
When MLB fans think about crazy, on-field antics; one of the first names to come to mind is Milton Bradley. Milton Bradley was a very good MLB player with a huge temper. He was constantly in trouble with both his own team and the league itself for arguing with umpires and showing outrageous behavior. The worst occurred when reports came out about abuse to his wife. Supposedly beginning in 2005, Bradley's wife Monique repeatedly called the police regarding domestic abuse.
After getting off several times without being charged, Bradley was finally convicted in 2013 on nine counts of domestic abuse, including battery and assault with a deadly weapon. Later in 2013, Monique died at the age of 33 from the physical and mental abuse Milton displayed on her throughout their years of marriage. Bradley has surprisingly never spent an actual day in jail and has sole custody of his children. Abuse is terrible and should never be condoned, but Bradley stays low on this list because the remaining candidates make Bradley look like a saint.
14 Denny McLain
Number 14 on this list goes to former pitcher Denny McLain. McLain did have some success with the Tigers as he was a three time all-star and also won back-to-back Cy Young awards in 1968 and 1969. His career ERA was an astounding 3.39 along with a World Series ring. But in 1970 a story was revealed about his dealings with gambling that nearly crippled his career. In 1996 he was arrested for stealing money from a pension fund, in 1998 for missing a court date and most recently in at the Canadian border with a fugitive fraud warrant from Louisiana.
Gambling in sports is never a good idea to do and baseball does not take any exceptions to this rule. Denny McLain makes this list for his disrespect to the game by betting when he was making plenty of money to live on. Later on, there will be a more well known name announced that will make Denny McLain's crimes look childish.
13 Chad Curtis
The New York Yankees have been known as a no-nonsense organization. They are detailed from how players facial hairs have to look to off the field conduct. One Yankee that didn't quite get that message was Chad Curtis. On the diamond, Curtis did well with his opportunities, helping the Yankees win two World Series titles during their dominant years. However, off the field, he seemed to have his share of problems like Mel Hall had in pinstripes. Following the end of his ten year MLB career, Curtis went into couching youth sports. While coaching varsity football, he was arrested on six counts of criminal sexual conduct after accusations were brought against him by three underage girls in his charge. Turns out, he had also been fired from previous coaching jobs after rumors circulated that he was extremely friendly with the female students.
Though Curtis continues to deny any misconduct, in 2013 he was found guilty on all six counts and sentenced to 7 to 15 years in prison. It just goes to show sometimes New York Yankees can even have their problems keeping their hands off of people and being considered a horrible human being.
12 Jose Reyes
MLB players today are even making rumblings with their off the field antics. One player that continues to make rumblings for off the field conduct is Jose Reyes. On the field, he has some of the best legs in the game as he has stolen at least 60 bases in three seasons, which included a 78 stolen base season in 2007. He is also a four time all-star, so he has been earning his money on the field. But the money he earned on the field couldn't control his rage off of it.
In October of 2015, he was arrested for allegedly beating his wife Katherine Ramirez in their hotel room. This type of story would disgust anyone because of the simple fact that Reyes chose to do the attack in a secluded hotel room. The attack included pushing, choking, and the physical throwing of Ramirez into a sliding door which would make anybody reading the story cringe.
11 Jose Offerman
This next man is a truly insane human being. This could be one of the worst acts a baseball player can ever perform on another player. This man's name was Jose Offerman and he gets number 11 on this list. Offerman had a decent playing career, accumulating 1,500 hits; his first occurring in the form of a home-run and was a two-time all-star at multiple infield positions. Offerman however is known for his work in a minor league game than any major league game he ever played in. Offerman was playing and got hit by a pitch. He then proceeded to bring his bat with him to the mound and used it to attack the pitcher and catcher.
He was charged with assault and battery on that faithful July 30th night in 2014. Typical rule of thumb is a player shouldn't have to use his bat to confront another player. Offerman doing that is one of the worst actions in baseball to date which is why he easily makes this list.
10 Gary Sheffield
When people think about the early 2000s Yankees, a lot of high quality names come up such as Alex Rodriguez, Hideki Matsui, etc. One big name that gets forgotten about is slugging outfielder Gary Sheffield. In a 22 year career he was a nine time all-star, 509 homeruns, and nearly 2,700 hits. He had a more than suitable resume for the Hall of Fame on the field. Off the field, he was no stranger to run-ins with the law. In 1993, Sheffield was arrested and held in police custody for 13 hours when he got into it with a police officer in a parking lot. He was charged with assault with bodily injury and was released three hours before his scheduled game with the San Diego Padres. Sheffield was one of those players who seemed to think he was better than everyone and above the rules.
If he had followed protocol, he wouldn't have the reputation of a troublemaker and would be more of a role model for young fans off the field. But striking a police officer solidifies his list at number 10 for worst human beings in MLB history.
9 Orlando Cepeda
People might consider this guy not as vicious as some of the others already mentioned on this list. But with the amount of stuff that was found on him during the time of his arrest, he deserves to stay at this number nine spot. Meet Orlando Cepeda, a 1999 Hall of Fame inductee who was one of the best first baseman of his time. During his playing career, he ended up finishing with a .297 career average and over 379 home runs. His No. 30 jersey was retired by the San Francisco Giants. Cepeda racked up the all-star nominations, receiving the honor 11-times, while winning an MVP and Rookie of the Year award in his illustrious career. But after retiring, he had divorce trouble, which was quickly compounded by a 10-month prison stint.
While working as a community liaison for the Giants, Cepeda was pulled over for speeding and eventually got arrested on drug possession charges when marijuana, a syringe and a "white powder substance" was found in his car. The funny part about Cepeda's working as a liaison was talking about the dangers of alcohol and drug abuse. The fact that he could easily talk about it and then be a hypocrite and do it makes him a really horrible human being.
8 Pete Rose
When it comes to sports gambling and the controversies that can ensue from it, nobody comes to mind faster than Reds legend Pete Rose. Everyone knows that Rose was a hitting machine on the field as he ended up with 4,256 hits which is the most by any MLB player to play the game. He also earned 17 all-star nominations while playing five different positions. The problems started coming for Rose when he became the player-coach of the Reds. After retiring and becoming a manager, Rose was banned from baseball for betting on the games. Even though Rose owned up to it and said he only bet on the games the Reds played in while he was managing, he is still banned from the game today after several desperate attempts to be re-instated. In 1990, Rose served five months in prison for two counts of tax evasion to go along with all of his money problems related to gambling. If Pete Rose is dumb enough to bet on his own team during his tenure as manager, then he deserves to be considered a horrible human being.
7 Darryl Strawberry
This next guy was another New York baseball player who thought he had the whole world by the palm of his hand. Darryl Strawberry, his smooth left-handed swing, and questionable past ranks him number seven. Strawberry started out well in the Majoe Leagues with the Mets, winning the 1983 N.L. Rookie of the Year. He was an eight time all-star, making the all-star game eight straight seasons from 1984-1991. Although Strawberry had a swing as sweet as his last name, he has been in and out of trouble for much of his life since 1995.
He has had multiple charges brought against him from drug use to lying on a police report about a stolen car. The one factor that can be considered is that Strawberry was dealing with cancer and trying to beat that along with beating all of his struggles with drugs and alcohol. But with multiple charges brought against him and his unwillingness to try to change during that time, he stays on this list.
6 Hector Olivera
This next player has not had a very long MLB career to this date. But his story off the field overshadows anything he has accomplished so far on the field. Meet Hector Olivera, an outfielder for the Atlanta Braves. In his short two year career, his better season came in 2015 when he hit for a .253 average with two home-runs and 11 RBI's. These are not exactly the most eye-popping stats in the entire world. Olivera is known around the MLB, but unfortunately for the wrong reasons. Earlier this season, Olivera was arrested after a woman accused him of assault at a hotel outside Washington. Police in Arlington, Virginia, said a woman at the Ritz-Carlton in Pentagon City called them early in the morning. When police arrived, they found the woman to have bruises and sent her to a nearby hospital. Olivera was charged with assault and battery, a misdemeanor, and bond was set at $10,000. Supposedly, the rumor was that Olivera and the woman knew each other but nobody knew how they were related. Olivera should never put his hands on a woman and the fact that his actions sent her to the hospital makes him a despicable human being.
5 Aroldis Chapman
This next candidate is known for firing fastballs on the diamond and firing gun shots off the mound. Aroldis Chapman has been bringing the heat for several MLB teams since his career started in 2010. With a triple digits fastball and devastating slider, he helped the Cubs break their 108 year curse in 2016. He then went back to the Yankees in 2017 and continues to blow hitters away with his fastball.
However, Chapman also likes to fire gun shots in his spare time. Supposedly Chapman fired gun shots at his garage door in his house in Miami in 2015. The gun shots were apparently over something Chapman found in his girlfriend's phone that he was not a fan of.This resulted in the shooting of his gun and his girlfriend hiding in the nearby bushes for her own safety. Chapman having to use a gun to get a point across makes him just a cold-hearted, mean individual who only cares about himself which gives him his number five spot on this list.
4 Jeurys Familia
This next culprit could be one of the most horrible human beings to ever close a Major League Baseball game. This pitcher has gotten himself suspended numerous times as well as arrested several times. This is none other than New York Met closer Jeurys Familia. Familia has proven himself to be a formidable closer for the New York Mets. He was an all-star in 2016, finishing with a career high 51 saves. He was nailing down games left and right. When he wasn't causing harm to opponents lineups, he was causing harm to others off the field. There was a report from Fort Lee, New Jersey where a complaint was filed against Familia. The complaint stated that Familia allegedly caused "bodily injury to another" and that they noticed a chest scratch and bruise on the right cheek of the victim affected in this case. This happened back in November in 2016 and the charges have been dropped since. He was suspended 15 games for the incident. Familia hurting innocent people makes him a disgusting human being who shouldn't even be pitching anymore in the Major Leagues.
3 Danny Tartabull
If there was an award for being the most horrible father of the year, this next former player would be in the Hall of Fame. Danny Tartabull used to be a respected outfielder and designated hitter for many teams. He even had an all-star game appearance in 1991 as a member of the Kansas City Royals. He finished his 14 year career hitting .273 for an average and 262 home-runs. But nothing he did on the field even came close to what he has done off of the field.
The L.A. County Support Services Departmaent has said the former Yankee owes $250,000 in child support payments for his two sons. Tartabull pleaded no-contest to the charges, but did not meet the terms of his probation. He then failed to turn himself in for a six-month prison sentence. There's now been a warrant out for Tartabull's arrest for over five years. So not only does this man not care for his children, but he then is too scared to accept his jail sentence like a man and runs away. It is amazing how horrible of a human being he really is.
2 Doug Decinces
The only reason this next player isn't number one is because the number one candidate is truly insane. However, this candidate has the record for longest prison sentence that could have been earned. In his 15 year MLB career, Doug Decinces had an average career that included an All-Star appearance in 1983 with the California Angels. His real work came after baseball. Decinces was found to be guilty on 14 counts of insider trading in May 2017. He is actually facing up to 220 years in prison. Yup, it's a serious crime.
Allegedly, friend and former entrepreneur James Mazzo, a co-defendant was giving DeCinces stock tips while another co-defendant as also guily of insidr trading.
Decinces could have lived off his MLB salary and pension for the rest of his life. But instead he chose crime and a spot at number two on the worst human beings in MLB history list.
1 Ugueth Urbina
The number one worst human being of all time could be clinically insane. When he wasn't closing baseball games, he was attacking people in some of the worst ways possible. Ugueth Urbina used to be one of the premier closers in the game of baseball. He was a two time all-star in an 11 year career which included two seasons of 40 or more saves. Urbina's story is the most frightening of all the other candidates on the list. In Venezuela in 2005, Urbina was under arrest on an attempted murder charge. He allegedly was attacking men with a machete and pouring gasoline on them.
Urbina publicly maintained his innocence throughout the process, but was convicted in 2007 and sentenced to over 14 years in prison. Overall, it is just scary to think that a good closer like Urbina would purposely try to kill men with a machete and gasoline in hand. That undoubtedly makes him the worst human being in the history of the MLB.
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