#3 – Manny Machado
Orioles third baseman Manny Machado is one of the hottest players in baseball, but he’s also one of the most hated. His talent doesn’t make up for his attitude, at least in the mind of traditional fans.
Although Machado’s fight with Yordano Ventura is making news now, that’s hardly the first time the 23-year-old has been involved in an on-field altercation. He made headlines earlier in his career when he threw his bat down the third baseline, aiming for the Oakland Athletics third baseman:
Machado, who was already angry over what he perceived to be a dirty slide by Josh Donaldson in a previous game, thought that a pair of inside pitches from A’s reliever Fernando Abad were aimed a bit too close to his knees. He let his bat fly in retaliation.
It wasn’t his finest moment, and neither was his reaction to being hit by Ventura earlier this month, when he threw a punch at the Royals starter – although that was perhaps a more understandable outcome.
Either way, Machado has developed a reputation as a hothead, and it will take a lot of time and good behavior to get rid of that tag. Until then, he’ll remain one of the most hated players in baseball.