1. Hunter Pence, Astros
The hotshot outfielder was the early talk of spring training this year after he suffered lacerations on his knee and right index finger from walking through a sliding glass door at his apartment in Kissimmee while hot-tubbing with a female friend. But he isn’t alone in baseball injury lore.
2.Clint Barmes, Rockies
The 2005 NL Rookie of the Year candidate short-circuited his season, and ultimately his career, by taking a tumble on a flight of stairs while
carrying groceries. Barmes, who injured his left shoulder, later admitted he was actually hauling a slab of deer meat procured while hunting with teammate
3. Chris Brown, Giants
According to legend, the former Giants infielder once begged out of a minor league game because he said he’d strained his eyelid by "sleeping on it
4. Kevin Brown, Yankees
The cantankerous hurler punched a wall in frustration and broke his non-pitching hand after being removed from a start in 2004. Unfortunately for
the Yankees, Brown returned in time to take a pounding from the archrival Red Sox in Game 7 of the ALCS.
5. David Cone, Yankees
Talk about the dog days of summer, the hurler missed a start in June 1998 after he was bitten on the ring finger of his pitching hand by his mother’s
Jack Russell terrier, Veronica.
談起溼熱的夏天(dog days), 1998年6月Cone被他媽養的傑克羅素梗犬Veronica咬傷無名指而錯過一次先發。
6. Marty Cordova, Orioles
Opting for lamps over natural sunlight (perhaps the logical option for a baseball player) to stay bronzed, Marty Cordova was burnt to a crisp and
ordered to ride the bench for a game.
7. Adam Eaton, Padres
The right-hander wound up in an emergency room after stabbing himself in the gut while trying to open a DVD with a paring knife.
8. Rickey Henderson, Blue Jays
No stranger to injuries or bizarre behavior, baseball’s all-time stolen base king missed three mid-summer games after allegedly falling asleep with an ice
pack on his foot and developing frostbite.
9. Glenallen Hill, Blue Jays
The arachnophobic outfielder cut himself up in 1990 by falling out of bed and onto a glass table in a fit of panic induced by a nightmare about being
covered in spiders.
10. Randy Keisler, Yankees
After arthroscopic shoulder surgery, a demotion to the minors, and a tiff with reporters, Randy Keisler’s baseball luck ran out when he was bitten by a
pygmy rattlesnake in his backyard.
11. Oddibe McDowell, Rangers
Talk about a warm welcome! At the Rangers’ annual welcome home luncheon, Oddibe McDowell attempted to butter a roll, but, instead, sliced his right
hand. Welcome to the DL?
12. Akinori Otsuka, Padres
Who knew signing autographs could be more dangerous than the sport? Akinori Otsuka was nailed by a flying bat while giving his John Hancock to fans
before a game.
13. Oliver Perez, Pirates
Frustrated over his lack of pitching control, Perez chose to take his anger out on the team’s laundry bucket in the locker room. The laundry bucket won,
giving Perez a broken toe and a trip to the DL.
14. Kaz Sasaki, Mariners
The closer missed two months of the 2003 season due to rib injuries sustained in a fall while hauling a suitcase up a flight of stairs in his home.
15. John Smoltz, Braves
The 1996 Cy Young Award-winner allegedly burned himself in 1990 by ironing a shirt while he was still wearing it. Steamed by the story, Smoltz adamantly
denies the injury ever happened.
16. Sammy Sosa, Cubs
No wonder the wind blows out at Wrigley. This slugging outfielder missed a 2004 game with back spasms brought on by a hearty sneeze.
17. Steve Sparks, Brewers
Milwaukee’s knucklehead, er, knuckleballer dislocated his left shoulder while trying to rip a phonebook in half at a motivational seminar hosted by the
team in 1994.
18. John Tudor, Cardinals
Sitting quietly in the dugout, Cardinals ace John Tudor was pummeled by Mets catcher Barry Lyons as he attempted to catch a foul ball. The ball stayed
foul, but Tudor’s knee was shattered.
19. Joel Zumaya, Tigers
The fireballing reliever missed three games of the 2006 ALCS after developing inflammation in his right wrist from playing the video game Guitar Hero.
Zumaya, who presumably does a killer version of Smoke on The Water, recovered in time for the World Series.
20. Vince Coleman, Cardinals
Vince Coleman set a rookie record with 110 stolen bases for St. Louis in 1985, but he will forever be known as the "man who got swallowed by the
tarp." Relaxing on the Busch Stadium tarp path during that year’s NLCS, Coleman got caught underneath a mechanized tarp that was trying to cover the
field before Game 4. Coleman injured his knee and missed the rest of the post-season–including the Cardinals seven-game World Series loss to the Royals.
21. Doug Mirabelli, Red Sox
Doug Mirabelli may only trail David Ortiz by a few inches and about 10 pounds, but Big Papi’s bat appeared to be too much for Sox catcher to handle
back in 2005. Mirabelli sprained his wrist trying to swing Ortiz’s lumber and missed 21 games.
雖然Doug Mirabelli的身材只比老爹David Ortiz略小一號，但2005年這位紅襪捕手借用老爹的球棒試著揮擊時卻扭傷自己的手腕並錯過21場比賽。