I "fondly" remember Whitey Herzog having more than his share of problems with Garry Templeton back around 1980. The Templeton situation reached its nadir when Mr. T made at least one flagrantly obscene gesture to the fans (at a Mothers' Day game, I believe) and was "escorted" from the field of play by Herzog. The next season, Templeton was gone, traded to the San Diego Padres for a relative unknown at shortstop.
i remember that too, that's what i was going to post. templeton was flipping fans off because he was getting booed for not running out ground balls.
(it wasn't nother's day game but a midweek businessmen's/ladies day afternoon game).
templeton hit a couple of weak grounders. he would take two or three steps toward first, then turn and jog to the dugout faster than he tried to run up the line. After his third at-bat, he gave the fans the "up your's" one-armed salute. herzog met him on the top step of the dugout, grabbed him by the jersey and literally threw him down the stairs into the dugout.
herzog then charged templeton and half the team got in-between them before any punches were thrown.
herzog, who was also the gm, then ordered templeton to undergo a mental health evaluation before he could play again. the evaluation showed he suffered from depression.
the unknown shortstop templeton was traded for following that season (1980) was some guy named osbourne earl smith.
When it became clear to Texas Rangers second baseman Lenny Randle that he had lost his starting position to rookie Bump Wills, he decided he'd had enough. He'd been letting everyone know all spring that his 1976 batting average of .224 deserved more respect, and almost left camp before some teammates talked him out of it.
Manager Frank Lucchesi, 50, told reporters he was tired of Randle's bellyaching. "It's just too damn bad somebody stopped him from leaving. I'm tired of these punks saying play me or trade me. Anyone who makes $80,000 a year and gripes and moans all spring is not going to get a tear out of me."
A few days later, the two spoke briefly before an exhibition game in Orlando, when Randle suddenly attacked his manager. "Lenny stepped back and hit Frank and hit him two or three times as he was going down and then hit him while he was on the ground," said Rangers mouthpiece Burt Hawkins. "Frank said he didn't remember a thing after he was hit the first time."
Good thing. Lucchesi lay on the ground in a bloody heap, suffering from a broken cheekbone, a concussion, and a lacerated lip, and would have to be operated on. Lucchesi later called it a "sneak attack," and claimed his hands were in his pockets. Randle disputed the latter point: "There was no way Frank had his hands in his pockets. He always uses his hands when he talks."
"It's one of the worst things I've ever witnessed," said Ranger outfielder Ken Henderson. "No way I'm going to play on the same field with him again."
He didn't have to. Randle was suspended for 30 days and traded to the Mets before his suspension was up.
Here's another one involving Mario Tremblay from his relatively brief tenure with the Habs. During a practice in Denver, tough guy Donald Brashear refused to geet off the ice after getting Tremblay mad. Trenblay was screaming and swearing at him in french and the whole thing was captured by a TV crew from our French-speaking ESPN clone, RDS.
It was the mid 60's, another doomed Detroit Lions game at Tiger Stadium. A player named Joe Don Looney, a talented back and just as talented a loner, was riding the bench for being himself. Near the end of another loss, I believe it was coach Harry Gilmer who told Looney to run in the next play. Looney, told the coach if he wanted a messager boy, call Western Union, and went back to the bench and sat down.
I remember the Raiders' Art Shell and QB Jeff Hostetler having a SUPER heated sideline argument on a nationally televised game. Apparently Hostetler said just ONE thing at the end that crossed the line, and Shell calmly turned to the 43 year-old back-up (can't remember his name) and said, "Get in." The way Hostetler was benched was humiliating and HILARIOUS!