Major League Baseball players are just like ordinary people. They celebrate when they're happy, sulk when they lose; but most importantly act out when they're upset. Baseball players commit selfless acts because of a past argument with an opposing player or even an unfavorable play on the field. Regardless of the action some ball players sometimes forget themselves and put their own agenda ahead of the team.
Players acting dirty on the field isn't something that began in the year 2000; they've acted like scumbags back to the turn of the century. Detroit Tigers center fielder Ty Cobb has been regarded as one of the dirtiest players the game as ever seen. He would wear extra sharp spikes on his cleats aimed to injure opposing players when he slid into bases.
There is rarely a valid reason to act like a degenerate on the baseball diamond. Players have scores to settle, and regardless or the score, team record or position in the standings they'll sure as hell settle it.
Some of the more popular ways players aggressively communicate with each other non-verbally are through intentional plays. Now intentional isn't walking someone in hopes for an inning ending double play. Intentional would be throwing directly at the batters head or sliding too forcefully into another player during a play, causing them to topple over.
There are unwritten rules in baseball. Hit a batter if they hit one of yours or do a slow trot around the bases after a no contest home run. The bottom line, players will play dirty because it's part of the game. Especially if it gives their team an edge.
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15 Yasiel Puig
Today in the Major Leagues there are more international players from Cuba, the Dominican Republic and Venezuela than ever before. In 2013 the Los Angeles Dodgers signed Cuban outfielder Yasiel Puig to a rookie contract and he soon became a sensation.
Though Puig was a gifted player, his excellent performance often came with something extra. Puig's small stature didn't stop him from hitting monstrous home runs and when running the bases he would often take his time and stand and watch the ball.
It wasn't uncommon Puig got a pitch thrown inside or behind his back during his next plate appearance.
14 Brett Oberholtzer
Pitchers throw at batters for a number of reasons. Some of which include a cocky attitude, a hard slide or just for being too comfortable at the plate. In July of 2015 Brett Oberholtzer of the Houston Astros grooved New York Yankees designated hitter Alex Rodriguez with a pitch fast and inside.
The Yankees had just scored six runs on four hits when Oberholtzer looked for retribution. Oberholtzer was immediately tossed after the pitch and threw his glove against the wall of the dugout in frustration.
The following day he was demoted to the team's Triple-A affiliate.
13 A.J. Pierzynski
It would be hard for a current player to emulate the disrespectful antics of Ty Cobb but even in baseball, history repeats itself. During his time with the Chicago White Sox, catcher A.J. Pierzynski would often slide with his spikes up.
In addition to his sleazy sliding, Pierzynski would often run on the interior of the baseline blocking the catcher’s path to throw to first base. The former All-Star also did this in hopes to push the first basemen off the bag.
12 Yadier Molina
Teams love to have a player on their roster whose fired up about their job. However the St. Louis Cardinals may have gotten a little more than they bargained for when catcher Yadier Molina got into a fight with Cincinnati Reds second basemen Brandon Phillips.
In 2010 Phillips said some derogatory comments about the Cardinals. Days after the comments when the two teams met, Yadier got in Phillips face at home plate when he was coming up to bat.
Though Molina was just standing up for his team, the good old way to stick it to a team is just by beating them.
11 Bryce Harper
It may be hard to believe that the reigning NL MVP would make this list, but Harper's hot temper gets him into trouble. In May of 2016 Harper was ejected in a game against the Detroit Tigers for chirping at the umpire from the dugout.
When the Washington Nationals won the game in extra innings he ran out onto the field to join in the celebration. While he was jumping in the huddle with his team he pointed and cursed at home plate umpire Brian Knight.
Though the play didn't involve another player, Harper's actions demonstrated poor class as a ballplayer - especially one who sets an example for young kids.
10 Jenrry Mejía
Many players cheat the league and their own teammates, in Jenrry Mejía's case he may have gone a little overboard.
After returning from Tommy John surgery in 2015 Mejía tested positive for stanozolol, a PED (Performance Enhancing Drug), and was suspended 80 games. Later that season he tested positive for using the drug again and was suspended 162 games.
You'd think a player would get the hint after slipping up twice, but not in this pitcher's case. In February of 2016 he failed his third drug test and received a lifetime ban. Mejía's actions have labeled him as one of the most deceitful players in MLB history.
9 Melvin Upton
There is nothing more frustrating to a manager when a player doesn't give 100% on the field. What's embarrassing is when a fellow teammate calls them out on it.
In 2010 in a game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Tampa Bay Rays outfielder B.J. Upton (now Melvin) casually jogged to a ball in the outfield. Due to his lazy effort the Diamondbacks hitter stretched the play into a triple.
Rays captain Evan Longoria called Upton out on his lack of hustle in the dugout. Upton lost his mind and went after his teammate from behind.
8 Jonathan Papelbon
Reckless players always end up being a liability on a team. Despite the amount of talent they possess, once they begin to act out it causes nothing but a headache.
Washington Nationals closer Jonathan Papelbon has quite a rap sheet of acting like a dirt bag. In September of 2015 in a game against the Baltimore Orioles he threw up and in at Orioles third basemen Manny Machado. Papelbon was ejected immediately.
Just days later he began yelling at fellow teammate Bryce Harper when he didn't run out a pop fly. While screaming at each other in the dugout Papelbon lunged at Harper, choking him against the dugout wall.
7 Manny Machado
The Baltimore Orioles third basemen makes a few appearances on this list and it's not by coincidence.
In July of 2014 when running to third base he was tagged in the chest by Oakland A's third basemen Josh Donaldson. Machado fell to the ground claiming the tag was too rough and quickly got up to get in Donaldson's face.
When the teams faced off again Machado intentionally let go of his bat on the follow through when he missed a pitch and went right down the line at Donaldson. It was clear he intended to harm him.
6 Roughned Odor
Players will retaliate when an opportunity arises from a past incident that rubbed a team the wrong way. In May of 2016 the Texas Rangers second basemen punched Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista in the face for sliding hard into second base.
Though the play wasn't intentional, Odor most likely wanted to send Bautista a message for his notorious bat flip in the 2015 ALDS. The message was pretty clear as Odor knocked Bautista's helmet and sunglasses clean off his head.
5 Jose Bautista
There are too many players in the league today who don't play the right way. Their arrogant attitude and overall entitlement is really destroying the game. Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista demonstrated this first hand when he watched a home run and flipped his bat against the Texas Rangers in the 2015 ALDS.
The following season he got into a bench clearing brawl with Rangers second basemen Roughned Odor when he slid in hard to second base.
Bautista has always been a very vocal player. He constantly argues with umpires on unfavorable calls and will call out opposing teams for poor play. In other words he is a first class degenerate.
4 Chase Utley
There is probably no baseball player New York Mets fan despise more than Chase Utley. In the 2015 NLDS the Mets faced the Los Angeles Dodgers in a best of five game series.
When Chase Utley went in for a hard slide into second base and took out Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada everyone assumed he would just get up. Tejada just laid there and was carted off the field. It wasn't long before Tejada was diagnosed with a broken leg and would miss the remainder of the postseason.
3 Jonny Gomes
The 2013 World Series champion Boston Red Sox team will certainly be remembered. Their beards and cocky attitude helped the ball club win its third championship in nine years.
In May of 2014 when being beaten by the Tampa Bay Rays, Yunel Escobar stole third base. Because of the lead the Boston bench began heckling him for attempting to score more runs.
Out of nowhere left fielder Johnny Gomes ran at Escobar while he was standing on base and began to punch him. The benches cleared and Gomes was immediately ejected.
2 Carlos Gomez
Opposing teams hate a player who just won't shut up. In September of 2013 Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Carlos Gomez hit a home run to dead center field against the Atlanta Braves.
Gomez just watched the home run and leisurely ran around the bases. Before he reached home plate, Braves catcher Brian McCann got in his face. The benches soon cleared.
The following season in a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Gomez hit a deep drive to center field and earned a triple. He barked to pitcher Gerrit Cole while running around the bases and as a result was approached by him while on the bag.
1 Yordano Ventura
Pitchers hit batters all the time. It's part of the game. But when a pitcher becomes wild on specific players on a regular basis that's when they're a problem. Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura has a long history of intentionally hitting batters.
Recently in a game against the Baltimore Orioles he hit third basemen Manny Machado in the ribs. Machado then charged the mound and knocked down Ventura. Ventura was suspended nine games for the incident.
In 2015 in a game between the Oakland A's he was ejected for hitting third basemen Brett Lawrie in the side. While walking to the bench he attempted to fight Lawrie as he was walking to first base.
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