Carl Everett reference timeline
An incomplete brief and quickly growing history of incidents
Which does not, at least yet, attempt to catalog comments about gay people, dinosaurs, et cetera
Drafted #10 overall by the Yankees in 1990. In 1992, the Yankees threw him to the Marlins. Everett slags the Yankees on his way out.
As a Marlin farmhand, gets into a confrontation with his manager. One account said that three coaches had to restrain him (there were three coaches at a AAA game?). He was suspended for not hustling and insubordination.
Also gets into some kind of dust-up on a team flight when someone puts their briefcase on Everett’s jacket.
Marlins dump him to the Mets for a player of no consequence.
Everett had a weird relationship with the Mets. Reading accounts of his time there, as an organization they seem split between “impressed with his ability and hustle” and “annoyed with his attitude and frequent dogging”.
In particular, Dallas Green thought little of Everett, and Everett seems to return the favor (and in this Everett’s got a lot of company).
This is where the child abuse comes up.
[For a more complete account on what went on, see this post]
The Mets dump him to the Astros. Everett slags New York and the Mets in interviews (and still does).
Everett has two productive years.
The Astros dump him to the Red Sox, supposedly as a cost-cutting measure. Later comments from people in the organization reveal that Everett had worn out his welcome.
The Red Sox sign Everett to a three year deal with option year.
Suspended ten days on 7/20/2000 for bumping (and probably head-butting, depending on which camera angle you watch and which account you read) umpire Ron Kupla during an argument in which Everett had to be restrained by others.
Gets into a screaming match 8/6/2000 with manager Jimy Williams coming off his suspension.
Fined in spring training (3/30/2001, $97,222) for missing the team bus (and general friction with his manager)
Ejected 8/15/2001 for throwing his bat at the feet of the homeplate umpire
Fined (but not suspended) for his 8/14/2001 when, facing Jamie Moyer, he gets into a heated exchange with the pitcher over Everett standing outside the batter’s box. When Everett later homers, he trots around the bases, staring at Moyer, and coming home grabs his crotch and spits. Moyer was not amused.
(Piniella later inexcusably does not call in his designated plunker to bean Everett in the butt)
Suspended four games 9/17/2001 after a “verbal altercation” with Joe Kerrigan which, according to press accounts at the time, was impressive for both volume and content. Everett had arrived late for a workout.
During his time with the Red Sox, Everett has several incidents where he has to be held back from writers. And other players, almost brawling with Darren Lewis in one incident.
Traded Everett to the Rangers 12/12/2001
Gets hit in the head by a cell phone 4/19/2003 thrown by a fan in Oakland. The fan gets charged (outcome unknown). Everett, who takes the phone and throws it over a wall and hits a stadium employee, is not charged.
Traded Everett to the White Sox 7/1/2003
Let Everett go as a free agent.
Signed Everett in December 2003, traded him to the White Sox 7/18/2004
Plays for the 2005 World Champion White Sox, though his performance is terrible.
Teammates on Everett, a summary
Players as a general rule don’t go after another guy in public. Many players, though, seem to genuinely like Everett, even as they may find him nutty. Some, it’s equally clear, don’t.
The majority of evidence that there are many players who don’t like him come from asides and anecdotes relayed by anonymous sources. In contemporary accounts, this is entirely reasonable, though perhaps as Everett asserts, a little cowardly.
However, the amount and consistency of those comments is hard to dismiss. I can’t believe that all those reporters, all those times, made up players telling them that they’re weirded out by Everett because he’s so crazy, that he had to be held back from fighting the hitting coach back in the cages (not a real incident), or whatever.
Organizations on Everett, a summary
Some, like the White Sox, are strong and public in their praise of Everett. No organization is equally vocal and public in criticism, but he’s been repeatedly dumped — even when a promising young player — for whatever they could get at the time.
On his recent not horrible behavior
It could be that Carl has become a better person, and so on and so forth.
However, I would submit this: if you went to go see Old Faithful, which blows up every 90m or so, and it didn’t go off on time… or the next hour… or the next hour… would you back away slowly, or would you go stick your head in the hole to see what’s up?