Last week, Los Angeles Angels batting coach, Don Baylor broke his leg catching an errant ceremonial first pitch from Vlad Guerrero. It was as brutal as it was bizarre.
Baseball is not generally considered to be a contact sport but sometimes we get some horrific, gruesome and downright odd injuries from America's past time. This is a look back at some of baseball's most notable injuries.
One of the more unfortunate (and dangerous) occurrences in baseball is taking a baseball to the cranium. And while helmet technology has advanced considerably since the hat-only era, so too has the potency of a pitcher's fastball.
Adam Greenberg was as green as his name suggests when Marlins lefty Valerio De Los Santos fired a fastball into Greenberg's noggin. The collision was so bad that Greenberg felt that he was "holding [his head] together" with his hands while on the ground. The diagnosis was a severe concussion and the effects of the ball's impact lingered for months.
He still reportedly suffers from positional vertigo. The Marlins, in response to an online petition by Cubs fans, signed Greenberg to a one-day contract in 2012. Greenberg is one of only two players (the other being Fred Van Dusen) to be hit by a pitch in their first plate appearance without ever taking the field.
Perhaps even more dangerous than being the batter is being the guy on the mound, where helmet technology doesn't matter. A few people can attest to this:
If that's not cringe-worthy, I don't know what is. Alex Cobb got absolutely lit up by Eric Hosmer's line drive and despite being taken off on a stretcher, he would only miss two months with a mild concussion.
It could have been much worse.
The broken cheek bone and broken orbital socket that Bryce Florie sustained healed fairly quickly, but the emotional scarring of taking a ball to face never did.
Florie has moved on from the event, but his MLB career effectively ended on that pitch.
The Buster Posey Collision
Buster Posey became a chief example as to why the league opted to outlaw catcher collisions, and it's hard to argue against it after watching this a few times.
Defenseless and caught at a bad angle, Posey lost the remainder of the 2011 season to a fractured fibula and multiple torn ligaments in his ankle.
Always Wear a Cup
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This is Little League fundamentals Mr. Snyder, protect the family jewels. The medical diagnosis was a fractured testicle. Nothing more needs to be said.
Sometimes, the Arm Just Goes
If you made it through this entire video without cringing, you're a stronger person than I. In order, that's Tony Saunders, Tom Browning, Dave Dravecky and Tony Saunders (again), breaking their respective humerus on a pitch.
None of the aforementioned made successful comebacks from such a devastating injury and Dravecky, unfortunately, lost his arm due to a cancerous tumor that was found during the X-Rays.
The Tear Heard Round the World
There's a certain emptiness to this video, seeing a great person and player like Mariano Rivera go down to such a freak injury.
Fortunately, Rivera made a full recovery and had one of the greatest send-off seasons of all-time. A storybook ending for a storied player.
Ankles Shouldn't Do That, Right?
This grisly sight happened on a pick-off play to third in the 2002 season. Why the lumbering Geoff Jenkins had such a lead off of third base is somewhat of a mystery.
What is a certain, however, is an ankle is not meant to bend that way. Robin Ventura had a similar incident which was apparently just as brutal. Fortunately, both players made full recoveries.