They were talking about Milton Bradley's troubles on the MLB Network today and it got me to thinking about some of the worst clubhouse chemistry guys in history.
Ty Cobb comes to mind. I don't know if anyone upset clubhouse chemistry as much as he did when he joined the Tigers in 1905. Things settled down after a few years, but during his first couple seasons the Tiger clubhouse was pretty tumultous.
Cleveland manager Ossie Vitt gets a vote. His players were so mad at him during the 1940 season, they were ready to stage a walkout, which earned them the nickname "Crybabies," and fans in opposing ballparks would tie baby bottles to strings and dangle them in front of the Indians' dugout.
Of course, Jackie Robinson's arrival in 1947 made for a pretty dramatic clubhouse upheaval, but I wouldn't put that on him. It was his teammates' prejudices that made for the problems, not anything Jackie did.
Barry Bonds, with his easy chair and sunny disposition, also breeded resentment from some teammates.
Any other nominations for Worst Clubhouse Chemistry Guy Ever?