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10 MLB ‘posion’ players from recent memory

Which players have had the worst effect on clubhouse chemistry? Take a look at 10 of the worst “poison” players from recent MLB history.

Carlos Zambrano

  • Between the antics, rants, spectacles, and fights, the big righthander lowered his own trade value for 11 years with the Cubs until he quit on his team, forcing his exit. In Year 2 in Miami, Zambrano will be playing for his seventh manager in 12 years.


Nyjer Morgan

  • Morgan is outspoken in person and in print via Twitter, under his alter ego Tony Plush. For a marginal player he’s created a lot of trouble, incurring suspensions and infuriating opponents. Little surprise he’ll be lacing up his spikes in Japan this season.

Joba Chamberlain

  • The former phenom is now 27 with a career ERA of 3.73. The Yankees must be ready to move on from the distractions caused by the “Joba Rules”, his head-hunting battles with the Red Sox, and a seemingly never-ending run of injuries.

Jose Guillen

  • A streaky slugger who was thoroughly disliked for his selfishness. Might explain why he was hit by a pitch 145 times in his career, or traded or released midseason five times. He made the playoffs once in 14 years and was busted receiving HGH through the mail.

Milton Bradley

  • For a guy who hit around .300 at his peak, being traded five times and playing for eight teams in 12 seasons isn’t good. Bradley was renowned for his eruptions and boorish behavior, and is now facing jail time for alleged felony assault on his spouse.

Shea Hillenbrand

  • Hillenbrand was only 31 when he washed out of the majors, surprising for someone who was a career .284 hitter. He griped his way out of Boston and played for five teams in his last five seasons, never reaching the postseason once in his career.

John Rocker

  • A rising star until a Sports Illustrated interview revealed his ugly side, highly insensitive comments from which he never backed off. He was also an admitted steroid user. Rocker was out of the big leagues by 28, funneling through four teams in his final five years.

Carl Everett

  • A valuable offensive player with a career OPS of .802. But that’s not why he was traded six times in 14 years. Perhaps the only reason he found team success, with the White Sox in 2005, was because he found the manager with the highest tolerance.

Bobby Bonilla

  • Bonilla spent his last seven seasons with six teams, exposed as a loafing malcontent who clashed with management and media. His tumultous time as a Met ended with him playing cards during a playoff game -- and he’s still on the team’s payroll.

Rob Dibble

  • Dibble had a big mouth to go with his big arm. He was brash and had a reputation for working high and tight. His temper got him into a few fights (including a memorable dust-up with his own manager) and he once hit a fan in the face with a thrown ball.

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