When you look over the active roster of MLB teams, you quickly realize that there are a lot of great baseball players playing today’s game. But not all of them are worth the effort of dealing with them on a whole. The following is our count-down of the Top 10 ACTIVE major league baseball players who many consider “great”, but who just are not worth the headaches that come with them:
10) Ryan Howard: Who wouldn’t want all those homeruns and rbis he accumulates during the regular seasons, right? But on the other hand, his lack of production in clutch situations is worrisome. Plus, he’ll probably never recover fully from his post-season ending injury he sustained while striking out (again) to end yet another disappointing year for the Phillies. Fans in Philadelphia don’t forget.
9) Heath Bell: Where ever Heath pitches, he always thinks he should be the closer. Then when he blows it, he complains, mopes, and blames teammates and management for not using him correctly. He was great saving over 40 games for 3 straight years for the Padres, but at this point he’s just a pain.
8) Ubaldo Jimenez: Remember when Ubaldo won 19 games for the Rockies in 2010 and everyone thought he was the next coming of Pedro Martinez? Well, it went to his head, basically forcing Colorado to deal him to the Indians and he’s been horrific since. Now when he pitches and loses (which is often), he breaks out the “blame game” on just about everyone – except himself.
7) Zach Grienke: There’s something very bizarre about someone who seems to be a great pitcher and a nice guy, yet seems to be at odds with everyone at the same time. Milwaukee traded for him and “went for it” only to fail. Then the Angels traded for him to “go for it all” and failed. Then the Dodgers signed him and he separated his shoulder in a brawl. Throw in his supposed fear of crowds and you have the makings of a major headache to be avoided.
6) Jose Reyes: The injury prone superstar shortstop is now the face of three total collapses, twice with the Mets and last year with Miami. In a cowardly move, he took himself out of his last game with the Mets to win a batting title and pumps up opponents with his overly excessive celebrations to routine plays. Pass.
5) Jacoby Ellsbury: Is there a bigger complainer in all of baseball? Sure you’ll get one MVP-type season out of him, but what about his other 7 years in a Red Sox uniform? It’s no wonder the Red Sox tried so hard to deal him in the offseason. It’s also no wonder no other GM wanted to pull the trigger on this guy, one of the most over-rated players in the game. And by the way, he hit 32 home runs in 2011 alone, which is more than all his other seasons combined. Anyone thinking that “S” word may apply?
4) Josh Beckett: Sure he’s a great pitcher when he wants to be. Does he want to play, does he not want to play? Is today a golf day? Or would he rather go skiing instead? Does he feel like giving it his all today or would he rather mail it in because he’s tired? No one likes having a team mate with that kind of attitude. The Dodgers and Don Mattingly better be stocking up on the Tylenol this year.
3) Ryan Braun: Okay, so he got away with a technicality about his PED use. The fact remains that he wasn’t proven innocent on this and fans and teammates all know it. No matter how much talent the Brewers amass, they’ll never win when they constantly have to worry about that “elephant in the room” during every single game for the entire season.
2) Alfonso Soriano: All those homeruns and not one in the clutch. Soriano is perhaps the most overrated player in the history of the game, since any good pitcher knows exactly how to get him out when they have to. Yet managers continue to bat him high in the order and try to find a way to hide him on defense. And Cubs fans wonder why they don’t win more often.
And the #1 GREAT player who isn’t worth the hassles?
Josh Hamilton: The Texas Rangers said all the right things when Hamilton bolted for the Angels, but they were secretly doing cartwheels knowing their baby-sitting days were over. Above and beyond his history, there isn’t a player in the game who polarizes opponents, teammates and managers more. When he’s on, he’s all-time great. When he’s slumping (which happens more than anyone would like to admit), he looks worse than you can possibly imagine – and worst of all, looks like he’s not even trying. And that’s a crime no ballplayer can get a pass on. How are the Angels doing this season by the way?
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