Major League Baseball has seen a lot of colorful characters come through over its long and decorated history. There are some players and managers though, that make their mark on the game in ways that would be best described as angry or annoyed. It's these hotheads that make the sport more interesting to watch when there is a factor of not knowing what is going to come out of their mouth next or if they're going to start a fight.
Some of the managers on this top ten list haven’t been out of the game for too long while others haven’t been seen in decades. It doesn’t mean that they shouldn’t make this list however, just because they were active before television was invented or didn’t have a long career. It is the anger that spewed out of them that makes them some of the most interesting characters in the sport’s history.
Here are the top ten biggest MLB hotheads of all time, starting with a manager that was in the game from right near its very beginning.
10 John McGraw -- Player (1891-1906) -- Manager (1899-1932)
9 Tony LaRussa -- Player (1963-73) -- Manager (1979-2011)
8 Milton Bradley -- Outfielder (2000-2011)
7 Carlos Zambrano -- Pitcher (2001-2012)
6 Alex Rodriguez -- Third Baseman/Shortstop (1994-Present)
5 Rob Dibble -- Pitcher (1988-1995)
4 Lou Piniella -- Player (1964-1984) -- Manager (1986-2010)
3 Bobby Cox -- Player (1968-69) -- Manager (1978-2010)
2 Billy Martin -- Player (1950-61) -- Manager (1969-88)
1 Earl Weaver -- Manager (1968-86)
When fans think of hotheads in Major League Baseball history, the name Earl Weaver comes to mind right away. Weaver was ejected from 94 games over his career which included being kicked out of both ends of a doubleheader, three times. He was tossed for many different reasons over the years from ripping up his rule book to throwing his cap on the ground. He used humor a lot during his rants as well and told an umpire once that he could appear on “What’s My Line” wearing his umpire uniform and no one would guess he was an umpire. He pulled his team off the field once because a tarp held down by bricks wouldn’t be moved. The Baltimore Orioles would have to forfeit that game because Weaver wouldn’t let them go on the field. He was one of the best and the biggest hothead in baseball history.
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