Baseball's all-time best characters
In his first season as Red Sox manager, Valentine called the famous Derek Jeter "flip play" unnecessary and agreed to have a weekly appearance on a New York radio station. He is probably known best for being ejected from a 1999 game with the Mets and returning to the dugout wearing a fake moustache as a disguise. He also claims he invented the wrap sandwich.
Known as The Spaceman, and no nickname has fit better. Proudly counter-culture while pitching, he still hasn't stopped. He honored the occasion of his Red Sox Hall of Fame induction by trashing team management for trading Manny Ramirez.
The Mad Hungarian tried to intimidate batters with a Fu Manchu mustache, long hair and a silver ring he called "The Gypsy Rose of Death." And don't forget the glare ... and the stomping.
A high-wire act as a reliever, the Wild Thing never shied away from a question or challenge. "I was always told when you are not good-looking, you better be funny," Williams says.
A slick-fielding shortstop, he's been even more entertaining as the manager of the White Sox. He's picked fights with sportswriters, former players like Magglio Ordonez ("he has an enemy; now he has a big one") and icons like Alex Rodriguez ("he's not a Dominican!).
The gifted-yet-flighty shortstop had a different way of looking at things. He once showed up late to spring training, explaining to his Mariners bosses that he had visa problems. Only problem was Quinones was from Puerto Rico, and didn't need such a document. He also once told Mariners president Chuck Armstrong that he was "so good, that I don't need to play every day."
The author of the book, "I Ain't An Athlete, Lady," he somehow hit .300 for his career with one of the worst bodies in professional sports history. And he was never afraid to laugh at himself.
The utility infielder earned the name "Psycho," in part for such stunts as dropping his pants to brush off his shirttail after sliding into first base during a nationally televised game.
The all-time stolen base king, and an unmatched leadoff hitter, he referred to himself in the third person and was blissfully unaware of any people around him. When told that Mets hitting coach Tom Robson had been fired, he said, "Who's he?"
One of the great right-handed hitters in history, and perhaps the most eccentric player of the modern era. "Manny being Manny" means trade demands, disappearances into the Green Monster and a water bottle in his back pocket.
He grew up in Mississippi, where beer is called oil. Hence the name "Oil Can." He became a pitching star for a brief time in Boston for his colorful mound antics. Now he wants to emulate his idol Satchel Paige, and pitch in his late 40s.
The southpaw pitcher was one of the leading pool hustlers and womanizers of his day, dating Ann-Margret and marrying (and divorcing) a Playboy playmate.
The Yankees centerfielder once said that he, George Steinbrenner and Billy Martin were "two of a kind." Rivers, who also once said his goal was to "stay injury-prone," was one of a kind.
The Yankees catcher claimed that "I didn't really say everything I said," but the record shows that he said more amusing things than anyone else. Like, "if the fans don't come out to the ballpark, you can't stop them."