20 of the Biggest Crybabies in Baseball History

Mark Miller

As we all know, there's no crying in baseball. Some players obviously didn't get the memo—or maybe just haven't seen "A League of Their Own."

Sure, they may not be sobbing in the dugouts, but their temper tantrums in the dugouts, outbursts on the field and off-color comments to the media are just a few things that can tarnish any positive reputation a player could build.

Nobody likes a whiner, and while many of these players were (or are) great players or managers who will be remembered for all their positive accomplishments, that doesn't mean they didn't have their moments from time to time.

Paul O'Neill

A five-time All-Star and a World Series champion, Paul O'Neill's outbursts and tantrums were all too frequent for those watching him head back to the dugout after an out.

He was widely known for being very tough on himself and often times took his anger out on water coolers and bats that got in the way of his frustrations.

Ivan Rodriguez

Second only to Milton Bradley in ejections since 2000, Ivan Rodriguez is without question one of the best catchers of our time.

But along with a closer relationship to the umpires than most anyone else on the field, Pudge probably gained a sense of entitlement that caused him to blow his lid whenever either he or his pitcher didn't get the call.

Barry Bonds

All-time home run leader Barry Bonds has been known for so many different things it's hard to keep track.

He'll always be remembered for his home runs, but you can't remember that without the steroids coming into play.

On top of that, he was never known as a clubhouse guy as he frequently alienated himself from teammates and also had a tenuous relationship with the media.

Carl Everett

His frequent outbursts towards umpires who were seemingly out to get him made Carl Everett a crybaby.

The odd statements he made about a wide variety of topics made him an idiot.

Whether it was his denial that dinosaurs ever existed or statement that he'd "set straight" any homosexual teammate, Everett will always be remembered for more than what he did on the field.

Milton Bradley

Milton Bradley's antics have probably finally caught up with him, as it would be surprising to see him on any team in 2012.

His inability to tone down his temper and control his emotions ultimately got in the way of what was a great deal of talent.

Jorge Posada

After displaying serious disgust in being moved first to designated hitter and then down the lineup this past season, Jorge Posada threw out the "R" word.

While he didn't follow through and retire, that is one of the unfortunate final memories that baseball fans will have of his time in New York.

Pedro Martinez

Officially announcing his retirement from the game this week, Pedro Martinez leaves the game as one of the best pitchers of our time.

He'll be remembered not only for his dominance on the mound but also for incidents like his wrestling match with Don Zimmer and his insistence to be left in after getting into trouble in the eighth inning of Game 7 of the 2003 ALCS.

Bobby Cox

You can't knock Bobby Cox for wanting to stick up for his players when he questions the umpires, but as the most-ejected manager in baseball history (161 ejections) you'd have a hard time arguing that he wasn't quick to call the umps to task a little too often.

John Lackey

John Lackey's inability to accept blame for anything his team does makes it really hard to take him seriously.

He comes off as someone who questions every ball called while he's on the mound, and when he has to answer to the media for his performances the excuses seem to come out of the woodwork.

Pete Rose

I guess you could say you can't get to the top without making some enemies along the way.

While it's clear that the commissioner's office isn't on Pete Rose's side right now, he wasn't exactly a fan of umpires during his playing days either, as tantrums were common occurrences.

He even received a 30-day suspension as a manager after shoving an umpire during an argument over a game-ending call.

Kevin Youkilis

I don't see enough of Kevin Youkilis firsthand to really see that he's that big of a crybaby, but it does seem that he takes offense to virtually anything inside.

While this isn't surprising, he seems to think any umpire that has the nerve to punch him out is off his rocker.

Chris Carpenter

It seems like some of the negative feelings towards Chris Carpenter come from competing markets like Cincinnati and Milwaukee.

But many of their comments aren't completely off base, as he does always seem to have an excuse for mishaps and takes exception to anything that doesn't go his way on the mound.

Carlos Zambrano

While there is still speculation that Carlos Zambrano could make his way back into baseball in 2012, his dugout and clubhouse temper tantrums could ultimately prove to end his baseball career.

He's had too many poor displays in public and doesn't seem to react positively to any criticism or help that the Cubs organization has offered.

Michael Tucker

Michael Tucker appeared to play with a passion that could have made him great. Something must not have been there though, as he was a journeyman outfielder who played for eight teams in 11 years.

His two biggest outbursts came on consecutive days when he was with the Giants as he had an altercation with Dodgers pitcher Jeff Weaver on the basepaths the first day and charged the mound after a high (but over the plate) fastball from Eric Gagne on the second day.

Earl Weaver

Was Earl Weaver a crybaby or a passionate manager who wore his heart on his sleeve and didn't hold back his emotions? I guess that all depends on how you feel about him.

He's a hall of fame manager and has nearly 1,500 wins to his name but was ejected from nearly 100 games during his career and served multiple suspensions for taking his tantrums on the field too far.

Nyjer Morgan

Throwing a temper tantrum in the dugout or clubhouse is bad enough.

As you'll see in this video, doing it on the field while the ball is still in play is ridiculous.

Gary Sheffield

Gary Sheffield is another player who frequently crossed the line from whiny to dumb.

Whether it was his constant feeling of being underpaid and underrespected in the league or his physical altercation with a fan, he didn't exemplify class.

Then there were his comments regarding Latin baseball players:

“What I said is that you’re going to see more black faces, but there ain’t no English going to be coming out. (It’s about) being able to tell (Latin players) what to do—being able to control them. Where I’m from, you can’t control us. They have more to lose than we do. You can send them back across the island. You can’t send us back. We’re already here.”

Derek Jeter

I don't necessarily believe Derek Jeter deserves the criticism some give him for being one of the most overrated players in baseball, so I don't know that I'd call him a crybaby.

From what I've been able to research on such a subjective topic, it seems plenty of people do see it that way.

Maybe it's his excessive backing off the plate when a pitch clearly isn't inside or his constant questioning of the umpires.

Tony La Russa

Tony La Russa is certainly one of the best managers we've seen, but I don't think many managers out there complain about strike zones nearly as much as he does.

He even took to the national airwaves at one point this fall in pointing out that the home plate umpire had one strike zone for the opposing pitcher and another for Chris Carpenter, citing that as the reason for his loss.

Roger Clemens

Aside from the off-field issues surrounding Roger Clemens' use of performance-enhancing supplements, his inability to own up to failure makes him one of the biggest babies in baseball.

It just seems odd that each negative performance during the 1999 ALDS, 2001 ALDS, 2003 ALCS or 2005 World Series was attributed to some sort of ailment and not just a bad outing.

   

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