Players Name Chase Utley Baseball’s Second Meanest Player

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Grrrr

Chase Utley falls just between A.J. Pierzynski and Milton Bradley in SI.com's player poll naming the sport's meanest players. Wow.

SI polled 215 players. No criteria is given, just the term "meanest player."

We're all very aware that Utley plays the game hard and often times irks opposing teams, but this is a bit shocking.

The top 15:

1) A.J. Pierzinski

2) Chase Utley

3) Milton Bradley

4) Carlos Zambrano

5) Vincente Padilla

6) Alex Rodriguez

7) Chris Carpenter

8) Albert Pujols

9) Nyer Morgan

10) Kevin Youkilis

11) Josh Beckett

12) Kyle Farnsworth

13) Prince Fielder

14) Jason Kendall

15) Mark Teixeira

The slideshow at SI.com.

H/T to Tim for sending

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47 Responses

  1. oh man they are so right. i mean the guy who gets hit most of the time at bat should just not do anything right. screw espn and si, so bias against philly.

  2. WHAT THE FUCK? Are you serious? Lets please not mistake intensity for being mean. Dude gets hit more times than a punching bag and always handles it with class. I swear this anti Philly bullshit is reaching new heights today!
    Scrench “Chase is the Honey badger…He doesn’t give a shit…” LOLZ… truth

  3. Nyjer Morgan is only ninth?
    Chase plays the game hard, Nyjer plays the game like he’s king of the castle and everyone else is an asshole.

  4. I’ve met Milton Bradley. He’s actually very mild-mannered and quiet, believe it or not. He has just had explosions that have gained notoriety + players not digging him for being quiet.
    I’m sure players not on the Phillies hate Utley because he’s not very extroverted when it comes to players on other teams. And he’s really good.

  5. Of course players on other teams think he’s mean. He keeps his mouth shut, plays hard and with intensity. I’m fine with that. I’d rather have one Chase Utley that ten pansies who are afraid of hurting other people’s feelings.

  6. This makes NO sense. For a player who NEVER argues, never shows up an umpire, never does anything dirty to another player, you’d think Utley wouldn’t even make the list. Maybe it’s because he’s not exactly a conversationalist on the basepaths or to those on base?? Well, maybe Utley is totally focused on the game and is just THAT dailed-in so he doesn’t miss anything.

  7. You can’t take a fastball off any part of your body and NOT be fucking mean. A happy fucker would at least wince.

  8. Man, that’s a kooky list. Bradley, Morgan and Zambrano for instance are more crazy than mean, and Pierzinski is your classic Sean Avery like agitator, not a baby eating asshole. Prince Fielder? If you ask me, the only thing he gets mean at is the menu at Burger King, judging from his tub of lard physique. Jason Kendall? I didn’t even know he was still playing! Like I said, kooky.

  9. magic – you would take Padilla, Farnsworth, Bradley, Pierzinski, Kendall and Zambrano? Are you still playing MLB 2k4? Time to upgrade to a PS3 bro.

  10. This has to all come from the NLCS last year when he threw that ball back to Sanchez (jokingly). This is bullshit. But who cares, he’s still the man.

  11. A couple of years ago players voted utley one of the dirtiest players. He just plays the game hard. Also Pujols worse then Morgan??? Doesn’t Pujols save babies from burning buildings in between innings?

  12. This isn’t shocking to me at all. Players who are gritty, hustle, and play hard on every play are usually hated by other players. The guys who go out there and half ass it realize that they don’t give half the effort Utley does and he makes them look bad by hustling and playing hard every night.
    Reminds me of the scene from Rudy when he’s playing hard in practice and the one guy gets all pissed off at Rudy for playing hard. –
    “Last practice and this asshole thinks it’s the Super Bowl” – Rudy

  13. i love how people on this comment board act like they know the players. “why isnt brad penny on there”, “price fielder??” you losers dont know these players from Adam. stop acting like you ahve a clue

  14. I love how most of these players are the ones who’ve enjoyed a successful career lol. Dd they say what players they used to sample?? Like is this derek jeter saying this or is it a player no one really knows.

  15. Had the pleasure of bumping into Chase Utley at an Airport in Tampa last January and he allowed me and my brother to get a picture with him and signed my 11 year old brothers Phillies shirt. Probably the nicest athlete I’ve ever met. He just takes baseball very seriously and thats the guy I want playing second base.

  16. People are just jealous of Utleys intensity, and grit 110% of the time. If these players mistake his talent and determination for “mean” well thats their problem.

  17. I rem I was at the Mexican post back in 2005 & caught vincente Padilla sweating his ass off doing blow in the bathroom

  18. I do have to say that Chase might be mean while playing the game but in real life he is one of the nicest guys I have had the pleasure of meeting. I guess other players see playing hard and blocking second base like you are suppose to do as mean.

  19. Who wrote created this list of “mean” players? A fuckin’ third grader who didn’t get an autograph from these guys or wasnt given a ball at the end of an inning? Who over the age of 6 even calls people mean?

  20. So really what happened was that there were a bunch of phillies polled and they decided as a group “who would be the least likely to make this list? Chase Utley! Lets all vote him on as a joke.” Done & Done.

  21. Hey Scott, calm the fuck down. I obviously don’t really think a 3rd grader wrote it. Go get laid and drink a beer and fucking relax.

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