MLB Power Rankings: The 15 Most Selfish Players in Baseball

Jeffrey BeckmannCorrespondent IMay 26, 2011

MLB Power Rankings: The 15 Most Selfish Players in Baseball

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    BALTIMORE, MD - APRIL 23:  Alex Rodriguez #13 of the New York Yankees (L) Derek Jeter #2 (C) and manager Joe Girardi #28 (R) look out from the dugout during the eighth inning of their 15-3 win over the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on A
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    MLB has sure changed over the last decade. Soon there won't be enough "head" room in the outfield to fit three players.

    All kidding aside, it's a shame to see what has happened to America's pastime with the current generation of players. Baseball used to be so pure and was more about the players' love of the game rather than how much their next contract will be worth.

    I don't blame any player for going where the money is—that is business, not selfishness.

    I also don't blame any of the Mets' players who decided not to go visit the combat veterans at the hospital. I don't even think it was selfish on their part. As a Marine Corps combat veteran, I can honestly say it doesn't matter whether they visited or not. We military men serve for reasons much larger than three ballplayers.

    That aside, there are still plenty of selfish players throughout the league. Here are the top 15.    

15. Bobby Jenks

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    BOSTON, MA - MAY 01: Bobby Jenks #52 of the Boston Red Sox walks off the field after walking in two runs in the sixth inning against the Seattle Mariners on May 1, 2011 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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    Maybe Jenks doesn't really deserve to be on this list.

    The fact is, Jenks took a moment to throw former manager Ozzie Guillen under the bus upon his departure from Chicago by saying: "I'm looking forward to playing for a manager who knows how to run a bullpen." 

    OK, Bobby. Ozzie proved he knows how to run his bullpen by doing one simple thing—letting you go.

    I guess it's Ozzie's fault that he continually put you on the mound for the ninth inning just to see you pitch to a 4.44 ERA. Red Sox fans are wishing Ozzie didn't know what he was doing by not re-signing you.

    Have some class—it's not just about you. 

14. Alfonso Soriano

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    MIAMI GARDENS, FL - MAY 19:  Alfonso Soriano #12 of the Chicago Cubs looks on during a game against  the Florida Marlins at Sun Life Stadium on May 19, 2011 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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    I've always liked Alfonso Soriano—at least enough to draft him on my fantasy baseball team. It's a good thing that in fantasy baseball players don't lose points for dogging it out of the box or in the outfield.

    Being from Wisconsin myself, I know many (too many) Cubs fans. Not one of them would even consider defending Soriano.

    Although Soriano may not have as bad of an attitude as many of the players on this list, he is just as lazy and selfish.

13. Milton Bradley

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    SEATTLE - FILE:  Milton Bradley #15 of the Seattle Mariners is restrained by manager Eric Wedge #22 after being ejected from the game against the Chicago White Sox at Safeco Field on May 6, 2011 in Seattle, Washington. According to reports May 9, 201, Bra
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    I don't think Milton Bradley is necessarily a bad guy—really, he's just an idiot. 

    The Dodgers, Cubs and Mariners all acquired Bradley over the years to be a part of what they thought should be contending ball clubs. Unfortunately for all of them, Bradley was always too selfish to keep his composure and was ultimately either suspended or released from each team.

    There is a reason why Bradley has worn eight different uniforms during his 11-year career—teammates and coaches alike can't stand being around the guy.

    He threw fits in the clubhouse, the dugout and on the field during his Cubs' tenure, which led him to promptly be traded to the Mariners. While with the San Diego Padres in 2007, Bradley tore his right ACL while being restrained by manager Bud Black after an altercation with an umpire.

    Selfish and moronic. 

12. Francisco Rodriguez

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    NEW YORK - MAY 20:  Francisco Rodriguez #75 of the New York Mets celebrates with teamate Josh Thole #30 after defetaing the New York Yankees 2-1 on May 20, 2011 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
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    The words arrogant and immature are frequently used when people around the league speak of Rodriguez.

    K-Rod has always had a wild, "me first" personality—so going to the Big Apple surely wouldn't be any help in shrinking his head.

    Rodriguez is disliked by teammates and he even laid a beating on his father-in-law in a post-game altercation.

    I'm no psychiatrist—but his actions seem borderline narcissistic. 

11. Nyjer Morgan

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    ATLANTA - JUNE 28:  Dan Radison #53 of the Washington Nationals holds back Nyjer Morgan #1 in the first inning from arguing with first base umpire James Hoye #92 (right) after being tagged out at first base against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field on Ju
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    I'm all for playing the game with emotion—even if a guy loses control once and goes "Hulk."

    Once it turns into a habit and you are being a detriment to your team, it becomes selfishness. There is a reason Morgan has bounced around teams the past few seasons.

    Morgan took his bad attitude to the next level by throwing a baseball at a fan in the stands last season. Then later in the season he was suspended eight games for charging the mound and starting a brawl after taking a retaliatory hit by pitch—caused by Morgan ferociously running through Marlins catcher Brett Hayes and separating his shoulder.

    It's safe to say Morgan is not well liked around the league. 

10. Hanley Ramirez

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    "I'm Number One, I'm Number One!!!"
    "I'm Number One, I'm Number One!!!"Joe Robbins/Getty Images

    Hanley Ramirez is arguably the most talented player in all of MLB today—and he will always let you know about it.

    Since Han-Ram is so good, he feels it is OK to take plays off every once in a while. Simply put—Ramirez is lazy. Laziness in any sport is selfishness.

    He's been called out for his laziness on numerous occasions by both teammates and managers. I guess when you're the face of a franchise like the Florida Marlins, you can get away with anything you want, regardless of whether or not it's detrimental to the team and their success.

9. Oliver Perez

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    PORT ST. LUCIE, FL - MARCH 03:  Pitcher Oliver Perez #46 of the New York Mets throws against the St. Louis Cardinals at Digital Domain Park on March 3, 2011 in Port St. Lucie, Florida.  (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
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    First, you have to blame Fred Wilpon and the Mets for re-signing Perez to a hefty contract extension. For Perez, that was pretty much like winning the lottery.

    How is he selfish? After completely exploding over the last few seasons (as if it's any surprise), Perez has refused to be sent down to the minor leagues.

    Hey Oli', your 6.82 and 6.80 ERAs the past two seasons leave much to be desired. Quit being selfish, accept the minor-league assignment and maybe turn yourself back into a productive major-league pitcher again.

8. Adrian Beltre

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    Arrogant, self-centered and stat-driven are often the kind of words we hear describing Adrian Beltre.

    Beltre has been known to have many severe attitude problems throughout his career, and he has the potential to be a cancer in any clubhouse in which he steps foot.

    Most importantly, though, how selfish does one have to be to not let teammates touch his head? If they want to rub his noggin for good luck, it should be fair game, plain and simple. Superstitions are half the game in baseball. Quit holding out, Adrian. 

7. Miguel Cabrera

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    OAKLAND, CA - APRIL 17:  Miguel Cabrera #24 of the Detroit Tigers walks out to the field for their game against the Oakland Athletics at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on April 17, 2011 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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    Q: What do Miguel Cabrera and Charlie Sheen have in common?

    A: (Please list "creative" answers below in comments section)

    I am not one to go delving into someone's personal life, but c'mon already Miggy.

    Cabrera is the best player on a good team and I wonder how much better he could be if he would just put the bottle down.

    He always has issues at the worst times, too: The first was right before a critical AL Central showdown with huge playoff implications.

    Then during spring training this year, he was busted for another DUI—even taking pulls from a bottle of scotch when the officer came to his vehicle.

    Putting yourself in those situations without thinking about the rest of the men on your ballclub is selfish.

6. Derek Jeter

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    NEW YORK, NY - MAY 15:  Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees in action against the Boston Red Sox during their game on May 15, 2011 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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    This picture best describes how Jeter views the world around him. He is the Almighty—looking down on everyone else.

    Jeter is not the only one to blame for his selfishness. The New York Yankees bred him and many of their veterans to be this way.

    For years, they spoiled Jeter so much that now he comes to expect it. At this point he is just another overpaid superstar with a bad case of entitlement.

    This—among many other poor decisions—have led the Jeter-Yankees relationship to take a sharp turn for the worse

5. Carlos Zambrano

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    Carlos Zambrano, without a doubt, has the worst temper in baseball—although reports out of Chicago say he has been "reformed."

    He doesn't show any emotion when things don't go the team's way, but when it affects him individually, he will go off like a gun. 

    Zambrano is 24-0 in fights throughout his MLB career (all by TKO). Unfortunately for the Cubs, that undefeated record signifies the other 24 men on their roster that have been adversely affected by Zambrano's selfish antics. 

4. BJ Upton

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    ST. PETERSBURG, FL - AUGUST 31:  Outfielder B.J. Upton #2 of the Tampa Bay Rays catches this fly ball against the Toronto Blue Jays during the game at Tropicana Field on August 31, 2010 in St. Petersburg, Florida.  (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
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    I once heard someone say that Melvin Emmanuel Upton is so lazy that he shortened his name to BJ—which by no coincidence stands for "Bossman Junior."

    Upton's parents may have thought that was cute when he was five years old without realizing they were creating an ego so large it would slow him down in the outfield.

    It's no secret that Upton has taken an abundance of plays off throughout his short career—but then he had the audacity to start a fight in the dugout when the team captain called him out for it?

    That, my friends, is selfishness.

3. Jose Reyes

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    NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 11:  Jose Reyes #7 of the New York Mets celebrates after scoring a run in the third inning against the Colorado Rockies on April 11, 2011 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Ji
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    Immature is an understatement when speaking of Reyes—he is straight up childish.

    His antics on the field—whether showboating at meaningless times or dogging it to first base—have irked many players in both the home and the opposing dugouts.

    He does not care about his teammates, nor the fans of the New York Mets. The only thing he cares about are his own stats and the big paycheck that can come along with them.

    It'll be interesting to see which contender makes an attempt to acquire Reyes this summer, knowing that there is a good chance he'll be cancerous in the clubhouse.

    Reyes seems like he'd be a good fit for the Yankees—both skill-wise and with his self-righteous attitude—but we'll just have to wait and see.

2. Jorge Posada

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    NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 25:  Jorge Posada #20 of the New York Yankees looks on from the dugout during the game against the Chicago White Sox at Yankee Stadium on April 25, 2011 in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
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    We've all been part of a youth sports team where the coach has an adolescent son who will piss and moan if he doesn't get it his way, in essence taking advantage of the fact that they're the coaches son.

    That is what Jorge Posada reminds me of—an entitled adolescent.

    By now we've all heard that Jorge Posada was ready to quit the team when manager Joe Girardi was set to bat him in the ninth spot in the order.

    Really, Jorge? I have an idea: Get your average over the Mendoza Line and then maybe your useless bat may be placed higher in the order.

    This is just another example of a Yankees' veteran thinking he is above all and deserving of whatever he wants.

    Pure selfishness.

1. Alex Rodriguez

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    A-Rod giving the peace sign to his wanna-be best friend--Derek Jeter.
    A-Rod giving the peace sign to his wanna-be best friend--Derek Jeter.Michael Heiman/Getty Images

    This one is too easy.

    Below are a few traits of Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD):

    1) Requires excessive admiration.

    2) Is often envious of others or believes others are envious of him or her.

    3) Has a sense of entitlement.

    4) Believes oneself to be "special" and can only associate or be understood by other "special" or high-status people.

    A-Rod is all about himself—always has been and always will be. He definitely fits into the Yankees organization.