9 Major League Badasses Who Shook Up Baseball
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Sure, NHL players won't let a puck to the face keep them off the ice, and tough-guy rhetoric is the official language of the NFL, but when it comes to pure badassery, Major League Baseball has them both beat.

That's because MLB badasses seem to come in all shapes and sizes, from pitchers who don't break six feet to catchers that appear to be made out of poured concrete. There's also the fact that – for whatever reason – no sport is able to match baseball's assortment of antagonists and ne'er-do-wells, the kind of guys who are, well, actually bad. And with the new MLB season underway, we've penciled in a starting nine of baseball badasses…the kind of guys who don't need shoulder pads to do damage.