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Grant Balfour and the 25 MLB Players Who are Just Flat-Out Jerks

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Grant Balfour and the 25 Biggest Jerks in MLB

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Just in case you didn't know, MLB is loaded with jerks. Some guys think they are entitled to acting in such ways because, hey, they make more money than the rest of us. Some guys think they are far better players than they actually are. Lastly, some guys don't have a reason, they just don't like playing nice with the rest of the league -- might have been a childhood with no toys that just made them angry people.

In honor of the recent bench-clearing, trash-talking that followed a Victor Martinez foul ball off of Oakland Athletics closer Grant Balfour, I have compiled a list of 10 MLB players that are just flat-out jerks. Obviously, harsher terms can be used for the guys on this list, but let's keep it family-friendly.

In case you missed the bench-clearing debacle from the Detroit Tigers-Oakland Athletics game in the 2013 MLB Playoffs, here's what happened: Balfour pitched the ball to Martinez who fouled it off into the stands, Martinez looked at Balfour wrong -- apparently -- and Balfour exchanged some heated words with the Tigers designated hitter. It remains to be known just why Martinez was staring at the mound after the foul ball, but I'm sure it wasn't a "death stare" like people think. Sure he should have put his head down and looked for the next pitch, but who made the rules to say "no looking in the pitcher's general direction -- ever"?

Any way you look at it, neither sides were right in the way they acted, leading to a verbal altercation that brought both teams from their respective dugouts and bullpens.

This isn't the first time something like this has ever happened, nor is it the worst example of jerk-like attitude in baseball.

Thanks to that event taking place, we now have a list of 25 of MLB's biggest jerks to look at. Thanks, Grant. Let me know if I missed anyone.

Connor Muldowney is a columnist for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @Connormuldowney, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google. You can also reach him at muldown5@gmail.com.

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25. Yasiel Puig

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25. Yasiel Puig

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24. John Lackey

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24. John Lackey

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23. Prince Fielder

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23. Prince Fielder

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22. Manny Ramirez

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22. Manny Ramirez

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21. Kirk Gibson

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21. Kirk Gibson

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20. Josh Beckett

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20. Josh Beckett

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19. Brandon Phillips

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19. Brandon Phillips

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18. Kevin Youkilis

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18. Kevin Youkilis

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17. Shane Victorino

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17. Shane Victorino

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16. Nyjer Morgan

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16. Nyjer Morgan

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15. Jonathan Papelbon

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15. Jonathan Papelbon

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14. Brett Myers

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14. Brett Myers

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13. Brian McCann

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13. Brian McCann

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12. Brian Wilson

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12. Brian Wilson

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11. Carlos Zambrano

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11. Carlos Zambrano

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10. Kyle Farnsworth

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10. Kyle Farnsworth

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9. Fernando Rodney

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9. Fernando Rodney

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8. Grant Balfour

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8. Grant Balfour

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7. Delmon Young

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7. Delmon Young

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6. Carlos Gomez

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6. Carlos Gomez

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5. A.J. Pierzynski

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5. A.J. Pierzynski

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4. Bryce Harper

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4. Bryce Harper

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3. Ozzie Guillen

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3. Ozzie Guillen

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2. Ryan Braun

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2. Ryan Braun

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1. Alex Rodriguez

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1. Alex Rodriguez

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