When Baseball Goes Wrong


From broken legs to fractured cheekbones,
let’s take a look at what happens when baseball goes wrong! Number 11 Bobby Valentine
In 1969, Robert ‘Bobby’ Valentine debuted with the Los Angeles Dodgers at the age of
19. In the early 70s, Valentine was a regular
starter for the California Angels. Then, on May 17, 1973, he suffered an injury
that effectively put a stop to his ascension in the MLB. Valentine was chasing a home run
ball when his spikes got caught in the outfield’s chain link fence. His momentum carried him forward and he suffered
a multiple compound leg fracture. Valentine’s season was over. He did return to play but never regained his
speed and eventually retired from baseball at the age of 29. Number 10 Chris Snyder
In 2008, Chris Snyder suffered a gruesome injury while playing against the Milwaukee
Brewers. It’s the type of injury that makes men everywhere
cringe when they see it or even hear about. A foul ball hit the Arizona Diamondback directly
in the groin. Snyder managed to play through the pain for
a few innings but eventually took himself out of the game. He was placed on the disabled list for a mere
15 days despite the fact that he’d been diagnosed with a fractured testicle. In simple terms, what this injury entails
is that the organ suffers cracks in the form of tissue damage while still retaining its
shape. It can be extremely painful but, fortunately,
Snyder managed to recover from the injury and returned to professional baseball. Number 9 Juan Encarnacion
Juan Encarnacion is a former outfielder that played eleven seasons in MLB and made his
major league debut for the Detroit Tigers, at age 21. In 2007, he sustained a severe eye injury
which marked the end of his career. At the time, Encarnacion was playing for the
St. Louis Cardinals. During a game on August 31, teammate Aaron
Miles hit a foul ball that struck Encarnacion in the face. The impact caused an injury to his left eye
and multiple fractures in his eye socket. Encarnacion would miss the remainder of the
seasons and it was later announced that he wouldn’t be returning to professional baseball. Number 8 Tony Conigliaro
When it comes to baseball, Tony Conigliaro might be one of the sport’s greatest comeback
kings. In 1964, during his rookie season with the
Boston Red Sox, Conigliaro batted .290 with 24 home runs in 111 games. He hit an impressive home run during his very
first at-bat in Fenway Park. Then, in August, the rookie broke his toes
and his arm. Regardless, the following season he became
the youngest home run champion in American League history, at age 20. Then, on August 18, 1967, Conigiliaro took
a fastball to the face in a home game against the California Angels. Even though he was wearing a batting helmet,
it didn’t feature the protective ear-flap that has since become standard. In addition to dislocating his jaw and fracturing
his cheekbone the pitch had caused significant damage to his retina. The injuries should have been the end of his
career. Yet, about 18 months later Conigliaro returned
to professional baseball with a fury. He hit 20 home runs with 82 runs batted in,
in 141 games. He was named the Comeback Player of the Year. However, his vision continued to deteriorate
as a result of the 1967 injury and he permanently retired from baseball in 1975. Number 7 Tony Saunders
Using the proper mechanics while pitching is essential not only for performance but
also for safety. In 1999, Tony Saunders was playing for the
Tampa Bay Rays. In one game against the Texas Rangers, Saunders
threw a wild pitch using a motion that caused a severe injury. Only moments after he’d flung the ball from
his hand, Saunders started screaming in pain and dropped to the mound. While performing the pitching motion Saunders
had broken a bone in his throwing arm. This was a tragic setback for Saunders who,
at the time, was seen as a rising star with great potential. He’d barely managed to put the injury behind
him when, the following season, he broke his throwing arm once more. It was the end of Saunders’ promising career
as he was forced to retire at the age of twenty six. Number 6 Bryce Florie
During a game against the New York Yankees, Bryce Florie was struck in the face by a devastating
line drive. Florie dropped straight to the ground with
his head buried in his hands and his legs kicking out in pain. When he got up to his feet, Florie’s face
was bloodied up and his right eye was bruised and almost swollen shut. Dead silence fell upon the thousands in attendance
at Fenway Park. Florie suffered a fractured cheekbone, a broken
orbital socket and damage to his retina. It was, by all accounts, a career-ending injury. Florie, who was playing for the Boston Red
Sox at the time, returned to the field after several months. However, he was unable to regain his past
form and was ultimately released by his team. Number 5 Carlos Beltran and Mike Cameron
In 2005, during a game against the Sand Diego Padres, Carlos Beltran and Mike Cameron had
one of the worst collisions the sport has ever seen. The two New York Mets outfielders were both
chasing a fly ball. After diving for the ball at the same time,
they violently crashed into each other. The collision knocked both of them out and
they were left lying on the field for several minutes. Beltran was eventually able to get up but
Cameron had to be carried off field on a stretcher. While both men suffered concussions, Cameron
also had multiple face fractures. Despite the brutal collision, they managed
to recover and continued to play baseball professionally. Number 4 Doc Powers
Michael Riley ‘Doc’ Powers might be the first MLB player to die from complications
of an on-field injury. Between 1898 and 1909, Powers caught for four
teams. In the National League he played for the Louisville
Colonels and the Washington Senators while in the American League he played for Philadelphia
Athletics and for the New York Highlanders. On April 12, 1909, Powers violently crashed
into a wall while chasing a foul ball. The collision left him with internal injuries. He died about half a month later, following
complications from three intestinal injuries. The connection between his death and the injury
isn’t as cut and dry as in the case of Ray Chapman, who died directly as a result of
impact. The cause of death in Powers’ case was peritonitis
from post-surgery infections. Number 3 Ray Chapman
Ray Chapman is, so far, the only player to die directly as a result of an injury sustained
in a MLB game. His death occurred eleven years after that
of Doc Powers. In August 1920, the Cleveland Indians Hall
of Famer was hit in the face with a fastball by Carl Mays, from the New York Yankees. The incident happened almost a hundred years
ago at a time when baseball players wore less protection and engaged in some dangerous practices. It was common back then for a pitcher to dirty
up a new ball when it was thrown onto the field. This involved smearing it with tobacco juice,
licorice or dirt as well as deliberately scarring, scuffing, cutting or even spiking it. The ball was thus misshapen and gained an
earthly color. This means that, in addition to moving erratically,
it was also hard to see. It’s believed that this practice contributed
to Chapman’s death. He reportedly never flinched or attempted
to get out of the way of the incoming ball, presumably because he couldn’t see it. The sound of the ball striking his head was
so loud, that Mays thought it had hit the end of his bat so he fielded the ball and
threw it to first base. Chapman slowly fell to his knees and then
to the ground, with blood pouring out of his left ear. The pitch had broken his skull. The impact had been so devastating that it
caused a 3-inch depressed fracture with shards of bone that lacerated both sides of Chapman’s
brain. He left the field via stretcher and succumbed
to his injuries the following morning. 30 years later, batting helmets became a rule
and his death was cited as one of the reasons. Number 2 Jimmy Rollins
In 2014, Philadelphia Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins hit a foul ball that bounced off the
ground and into his face. When Rollins swung, he’d only partially
hit the ball with the top edge of the bat which gave it a strong spin. This sent the ball in the opposite direction
and right above the shortstop’s right eye. Fortunately, J-Roll wasn’t significantly
injured. Number 1 Delino DeShields Jr.
Delino DeShields Jr, son of former MLB player Delino DeShields, suffered a rather gruesome
injury while playing for the Corpus Christi Hooks. During a Double A game in 2014, DeShields
Jr was hit in the face by a 90 mph fastball. Amazingly, he was able to walk off the field
by himself after taking a hit that could have left him unconscious or worse. The 21-year-old Houston Astros prospect was
subsequently taken to the hospital where doctors determined that he’d suffered a fractured
cheekbone. A few hours after the incident, DeShields
Jr tweeted out a picture from the hospital which showed the extent of his injury. The right side of his face was extremely swollen
and looked as if it was on the verge of exploding. Thanks for watching! Who do you think had the worst injury? Let us know in the comment section below!

100 thoughts on “When Baseball Goes Wrong

  1. My 3rd grade teacher once told me that bones are stronger than steel, I call bullshit after watching this video.

  2. For the 0% of you who are reading this I want to become a full time YouTuber and my friends think I’m crazy so any help would be nice…

  3. Move number 4 to number 2 & number 3 to number 1 those to had it the worst cause they died from it jimmy Rollins should of been lower on this list compared to the others no disrespect to any1 who like Jimmy Rollins but every1 on this had it worst

  4. Chris Snyder is definitely the worst one, I can’t and want to imagine that pain. But I guess it’s not as bad as those poor ball players that lost their life’s. 😥

  5. Carl Mays never apologized, nor ever said he felt any sort of guilt. Years later, he was banned from the game for suspicion of throwing a game. People don’t want him in the hall of fame

  6. I had a friend who got hit in the face with a baseball during practice his
    Whole eye was purple and black for 2 weeks

  7. They left out Herb Score. He was a pitcher for Cleveland who got a line drive right to the face. Breaking the orbital bones around his eye. A career ending game in 57'.

  8. wow, one of those guys played for the Washington Senators at the same time my great-uncle did. All bad injuries but it is a hazard of the game.

  9. obliviously! The one that died was the worst. Poor man. That was a dirty deal to do that to a baseball. I hope it haunted him the rest of his life

  10. Baseball can go really wrong. There's a well-known case, discussed in law school, about a women who died at a Giants' game after being hit in the temple by a screaming foul ball. The family sued but lost because, when you sit close to the game, all tickets show you "assume the risk" of being hit. Most sports can go wrong. My wife and I got tickets, for free, (no way we could have afforded them) on the very front row at a Lakers' game. Two guys were running for the b-ball while it was headed out bounds. Both of us and two other people got Julius Randle's monstrous and entire 6'9" body whipped across us. He felt really bad and was such a nice guy. The staff at the game missed the play and never came to attend to us. I wound up with a broken nose, orbital bone and cheek (from the heel of his shoe/foot) and my wife got pounded in the ribs. We waited a few minutes and went straight to the hospital. The blood from my nose was delayed, for some reason, for several minutes. When it started, it was like a flood. At the ER, people working there ran to attend to me because they thought I just casually walked in with a gunshot wound. We paid for the tickets in medical bills.

  11. It’s so obvious you’re NOT American OR a Baseball fan. Lol. The way you read MLB stats is all wrong. Example, a batting average is read just like you see it, so .290 is read, a two-ninety average, NOT point two nine zero. Great video though. Really enjoyed it, as I do with all of your videos.

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