In each and every sport, players and coaches get upset with calls. However, no sport has as big a reputation for this as Major League Baseball. In baseball, ejections are almost a daily occurrence and the MLB has been home to some of the most memorable freak-outs in sports history. Here are 3 of the players or coaches with the biggest tempers out there.
1. Milton Bradley
Though a talented hitter and player in the league, it is hard to speak about Bradley without talking about his temper. Through his 11 year career, he played for 8 different teams and was known as a locker room cancer of sorts. His most infamous moment is likely when he threw a bucket of baseballs onto the field after he was ejected but there was a boatload of other evidence of his temper such as: throwing a beer bottle into the stands, making physical contact with an umpire and actually tearing his ACL after being held back by a coach as he tried to go at an umpire.
2. Billy Martin
This is one of the rare cases of a player being a hothead not only as a player, but as a manager as well. When he was a player, Martin was involved with numerous altercations not only on the field of play, but would also get in bar fights from time to time. This anger seemingly followed him into his time as a manager where he would routinely argue calls, kick dirt at umps and get kicked out of games. He also tried to fight Reggie Jackson in the Yankee’s dugout while he was actually managing the team.
3. Lou Pinella
We couldn’t have a list of the biggest tempers in MLB history and not include this gem. While some managers have been tossed more than Pinella, no one gets as animated or angry when they go out to argue calls. Every time Pinella would be ejected, he would make a gigantic scene and you knew you were in for a treat when he went to argue a call. From yelling, to kicking dirt to actually taking the bases of out of the ground and throwing them, no one had meltdowns on the field quite like Lou Pinella.