San Francisco Giants: A.J. Pierzynski and the fanbase’s 5 most hated active players

By Matthew Connolly
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Jul 19, 2015; Anaheim, CA, USA; Boston Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval (48) looks on prior to the game against the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

(Dis)honorable mentions

Pablo Sandoval (Red Sox) 

Pablo’s weight issues were a constant source of frustration, and he did not make a very classy exit from San Francisco, to say the least. Still, he gets pass for everything he did for the organization, and playing out of his mind during two of the team’s World Series runs. 

Melky Cabrera (White Sox) 

The Melkman was beloved in San Francisco until a PED bust put an abrupt end to his breakout season in 2012. Trying to lie about it after the fact was even worse, but in an odd way, his suspension brought the “band of misfits” even closer for their second title in three years.

Clayton Kershaw (Dodgers)

The best player on the Dodgers has to be loathed by all Giants fans, right? Well, not when there are way better outlets to direct that hate down in L.A. (more on those later). Kershaw seems to be a legitimately good dude, and his competitive bromance with Madison Bumgarner is good for the game.

Matt Kemp (Padres)

Like Kershaw, the hate directed at Kemp stems almost entirely from his on-field talent. He’s on the Padres now, though, and when he’s doing things like this, it’s hard to dislike the guy too much. 

Francisco Rodriguez (Brewers)

An oldie, but a goodie. K-Rod burst onto the scene during the 2002 postseason, and was a big reason why the Giants failed to secure a ring in the Bonds era. The fact that he made the Angels’ playoff roster on a loophole makes it hurt that much more.

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