Baseball is a trendy game, even though many people find it boring. This boredom may be due to stimulation-seeking behavior or active minds during periods of inactivity on some players.
Baseball requires a ton of stop-and-go performance, which, despite naysayers, is the No. 1 reason for major injuries. It’s probably also worth noting that baseball requires more standing than sitting, so those who choose not to partake get bored quickly while waiting around between pitches and swings.
The list of baseball players who chew tobacco is a list of all the current, and former Major League Baseball players reported to use chewing tobacco. In the list, we will name a player’s position and team in parentheses.
Whether they are currently on an MLB roster or not, some have made it clear what their stance is on this list by issuing statements about why they do or don’t use chewing tobacco.
List Of Baseball Players Who Chew tobacco
Below we have listed some of the baseball players who chew tobacco in their careers.
Pittsburgh Pirates Outfielder Ryan Ludwick Can’t Quit.
A career .261 hitter, Pittsburgh Pirate’s outfielder Ryan Ludwick has played minor roles on the Cardinals, Padres, Indians, and Rangers.
He peaked at 152 games in 2009 for St Louis with 37 HRs and a batting average of .299–a classic MLB journeyman that never opened any eyes but never put anyone to sleep.
Last May, he was featured in a story revealing how bad chew tobacco is among players like him who use it because they say “it relaxes” them at-bat. Yet, others have called chewing tobacco addiction while some see it as their only vice-besides alcohol or drugs–all though there are still many who applaud its relaxation effects during the game.
Terry Francona, Dip’s Poster Child
After an unsuccessful season for the Red Sox, Terry Francona wanted to take some time off. To make up for it, he took a job with FOX showing baseball during playoffs this year and said one thing that he missed about being at home was chewing tobacco on his own terms- baseball was that he wanted to “chew and curse at will.”
San Francisco Giants 3B Pablo Sandoval Runs on Chew
Sandoval, the “Kung-Fu Panda” who won over millions of Bay Area residents with his hilarious clubhouse and on-field nature, has been struggling financially as he’s fallen from a $90 million contract in 2014 down to just under five.
Last year’s weight problems were well documented (he once ballooned up to 275 pounds), but it was no secret that Sandoval would need to get back on track this season.
Fans have also watched a bit too closely for any sign of tobacco use throughout the years given how often players seem like they want one without ever actually inserting their chew into their mouths.