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

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.

Yasiel Puig

Yasiel Puig
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Yasiel Puig

Yasiel Puig
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Some people would call Yasiel Puig an idiot or a hothead, but in this instance, I'll call him a jerk. He seems to care about himself more than his team and has the tendency to give up on plays and show a lack of hustle and teamwork.

John Lackey

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John Lackey

John Lackey
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John Lackey is more of a jerk off the field than on it. For example, he cheated on his wife, which led to a divorce. Oh yeah, and his wife had cancer. Really low move by one of MLB's biggest jerks.

Manny Ramirez

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Manny Ramirez

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Manny Ramirez was a very cocky player and he's still a jerk while trying to make his way back to the major leagues. He came up with the phrase "Manny being Manny' and that got old really fast. Also, anyone who beats his wife is a jerk in my book.

Alex Rodriguez

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Alex Rodriguez

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Probably the biggest jerk out there is A-Rod -- a jerk and a joke. He might be one of the best hitters of all time, but his consumption of steroids, denial of use and battle to stay relevant after conviction will forever put an asterisk next to his stat line.

Carlos Zambrano

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Carlos Zambrano

Carlos Zambrano
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Zambrano was once a great pitcher for the Cubs, but had run-ins with teammates and a very poor attitude. Hard to find a guy with a worse temper than this guy. Don't come close to him when he's angry -- he might punch your lights out.

Kirk Gibson

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Kirk Gibson

Kirk Gibson
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Kirk Gibson didn't attend his son's high school graduation. The reason? He claimed that's what's supposed to happen -- kids are supposed to graduate high school, so it wasn't a special event. Yeah, pretty big jerk move.

Brandon Phillips

Brandon Phillips
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Brandon Phillips

Brandon Phillips
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If there's anyone more in love with themselves than Brandon Phillips, I don't ever want to meet them. This guy is just hated around the league.

Shane Victorino

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Shane Victorino

Shane Victorino
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Shane Victorino is beloved by Red Sox and Phillies fans, but if you've never had him on your team, the Flyin' Hawaiian can get on your nerves. It's the worst when you see him taunting and yelling at fans.

Brian McCann

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Brian McCann

Brian McCann
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I don't know what it is, but McCann has to stop trying to be the unwritten rule enforcer of MLB. On two occasions this year, he has confronted players at hoe plate after watching their home runs. He just seems like knows what's best for everyone. Just let the terrible teams enjoy their home runs, dude.

A.J. Pierzynski

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A.J. Pierzynski

A.J. Pierzynski
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A.J. Pierzynski has been voted the most hated player in the league by fellow players. It's obvious why he won that "award" as he is seemingly always running his mouth and he's been in the middle of multiple brawls.

Ozzie Guillen

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Ozzie Guillen

Ozzie Guillen
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Guillen is one of those outspoken [former] managers who isn't afraid of telling it like it is. Unfortunately, he sometimes has diarrhea of the mouth and calls out his own team, fans and boss. Well, this is why he's out of a job now.

Ryan Braun

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Ryan Braun

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Ryan Braun is a fraud of an MVP and lied consistently about his use of PEDs until it was pretty rubbed in his face that he did following his suspension. Welcome to the jerk club.

Nyjer Morgan

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Nyjer Morgan

Nyjer Morgan
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This guy is as immature as they come and fans of baseball cannot stand his antics. People see him as an immature, trash-talking jerk.

Jonathan Papelbon

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Jonathan Papelbon

Jonathan Papelbon
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Papelbon, as well as many closers in baseball, is a fiery character who isn't afraid of anyone -- or so he comes off that way. He has an "I don't care about you" attitude and a "say anything" personality. Oh yeah, and he kind of reminds me of Ricky Bobby...and not in a good way.

Carlos Gomez

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Carlos Gomez

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He hit a home run off the Braves, watched it fly out of the park and proceeded to talk trash while rounding the bases before chickening out of a fight at home plate. This kid is talented, but has quite the mouth on him. Oh yeah, and the Braves aren't so nice, either. Apparently his beef with them came months before the time he was hit by a pitch -- only jerks hold grudges that long.

Bryce Harper

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Bryce Harper

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Harper seems to think he owns the major leagues, but the youngster is far from perfect. He is a talented player, but with the attitude and arrogance he portrays, you would think he's the best hitter on the planet. Clown move, bro.

Kyle Farnsworth

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Kyle Farnsworth

Kyle Farnsworth
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Ok, so maybe Farnsworth has cooled down a bit in his old age, but he used to love getting under other players' skin. He would purposely hit players and never back down from a fight. He was the epitome of a jerk back in his day.

Delmon Young

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Delmon Young

Delmon Young
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He once threw a bat at an umpire during a minor league game. Oh yeah, and he got in trouble for spewing racial slurs at a New York bar not too long ago.

Brian Wilson

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Brian Wilson

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Sure, Wilson is quirky, silly and just flat-out hilarious when he wants to be, but he can also be a huge jerk. He has a sometimes poor attitude and he likes to yell at Giant front office members in public.

Josh Beckett

Josh Beckett
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Josh Beckett

Josh Beckett
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Josh Beckett just comes off as a condescending jerk and someone who think he's better than the competition. Maybe a few years ago. Oh, and he was involved in the whole chicken and beer in the clubhouse mess for the Red Sox.

Brett Myers

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Brett Myers

Brett Myers
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He was charged with domestic assault in 2006 when he was seen hitting his wife in public. Just for that, Myers deserves a spot on this list.

Fernando Rodney

Fernando Rodney
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Fernando Rodney

Fernando Rodney
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Rodney is not too well liked outside of the city of Tampa. The hot-tempered closer has an attitude and when you think he's going to give you a pitch to hit, he has no problem brushing you back with some chin music just for fun.

Kevin Youkilis

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Kevin Youkilis

Kevin Youkilis
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A fiery player, Youkilis has played for two of the most hated teams in sports. Oh yeah, and he likes beating up on young pitchers.

Prince Fielder

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Prince Fielder

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Prince Fielder might not seem like a jerk; actually, he may seem pretty likable. However, he has been rumored to be a jerk off the field and even has a strained relationship with his father, in spite of whom he credits his success.

Grant Balfour

Grant Balfour
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Grant Balfour

Grant Balfour
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Balfour is known for his "rate" that riles up fans and angers opponents. This guy likes to talk trash even where this nothing to talk trash about.