Editor’s be aware: This story has been up to date since its authentic publication, as MLB gamers hold discovering odd methods to get harm throughout spring coaching.
There’s simply one thing about spring coaching, and the better offseason basically, that brings out odd mishaps and accidents in baseball. The Twins’ Byron Buxton cracking a tooth whereas, um, biting right into a steak, is simply the most recent instance.
Kind “bizarre spring coaching accidents” into the ol’ Google machine and a bevy of articles comes up. However to save lots of you the difficulty, here is a fast rundown of among the actually bizarre ones.
In 2018, Tim Tebow sprained an ankle after an unlucky run-in with a sprinkler. However Tebow was hardly a trendsetter in that regard.
Again in 2015, Blue Jays outfielder Michael Saunders was tripping over sprinklers earlier than it was cool. However his harm was extra severe than Tebow’s — he tore a knee ligament.
Gamers do not simply need to look out for inanimate objects to keep away from harm. Simply ask Derek Holland, who acquired harm when he tripped over a canine in 2014.
A 12 months earlier than Holland’s fall, Michael Taylor of the A’s received the retroactive Maintain My Beer Award when he reduce his finger attempting to throw away gum.
And let’s not neglect when Rays pitcher David Value harm his neck by toweling off his head too arduous in 2012.
However by the point all these occurred, Hunter Pence — already a lovable weirdo — was a veteran of an all-time bizarre harm. See, again in 2008, he acquired all reduce up when he walked right into a glass door.
Then there was the time the Cubs’ Kerry Wooden acquired harm when he fell out of a scorching tub in 2007, and the time when the Brewers’ Steve Sparks dislocated a shoulder whereas attempting to rip a cellphone e-book in half in 1994.
After which there’s the city legend of a younger John Smoltz burning his chest when he tried to iron a shirt whereas carrying it. However, to be honest, Smoltz says that is not likely what occurred.
Even earlier than gamers arrive in spring coaching, the offseason tends to place folks in place to harm themselves in different methods. Through the 2017-18 offseason, Royals supervisor Ned Yost almost died after he fell whereas repairing a tree stand used for looking. And a 12 months earlier than that, Royals pitcher Brian Flynn missed eight weeks after he fell via the roof of a barn . (Be aware: In case you’re related to the Royals, please keep away from excessive locations.)
Spring coaching is commonly uninteresting as a result of the games are meaningless and the stats do not depend, so tallying freak accidents is certainly a worthy strategy to cross time till Opening Day.
Daniel Elton, senior editor at Wahu Times, writes about politics and policy with a focus on climate advocacy. Daniel previously at the New Republic and, and Self. Daniel can be reached by email.