1. Cardinals speedster Vince Coleman missed the 1985 World Series after he was run over by the automatic tarp machine.
2. Giants head-case third baseman Chris Brown once begged out of the lineup because of a strained eyelid.
3. Brewers pitcher Steve Sparks dislocated his shoulder trying to tear a *telephone book* in half as part of a motivational speech.
4. Braves reliever Cecil Upshaw tore up his ring finger on an overhead awning and ended his promising career while demonstrating imaginary basketball dunks.
5. Braves pitcher John Smoltz burned his chest trying to steam iron a shirt HE WAS WEARING AT THE TIME.
6. Slugger Rob Deer, who holds the dubious distinctions of leading the league in strikeouts five times while finishing his career with 556 more strikeouts (1,409) than hits (853), once broke his hand how else? by striking out.
7. Catcher-DH Mickey Tettleton, one of OOB's all time faves and the reason OOB wears #15 on his Rangers jersey, got an infected foot from tying his shoelaces too tight.
8. Pitcher Greg Harris once "strained his elbow" while "FLICKING SUNFLOWER SEEDS."
9. Cliff Johnson busted his ear drum with Q-tip in the locker room
10. Rick Honeycutt suffered a large scratch across the forehead when he, after being ejected for scuffing the ball with a tack taped to his finger, wiped his brow in frustration.
11. Matt Mantei needed four stitches in his right thumb after cutting it while opening a can of dog food just before Spring Training 2002. Mantei was *already on rehab*.
12. Yankees left-hander Randy Keisler suffered"one of the most innovative baseball injuries of modern times" (according to ESPN, who obviously never saw this list) in May of 2002, when he was bit by a pygmy rattlesnake in his back yard. What made this injury particularly pitiful was that Keisler got hurt while he was already hurt. (He had shoulder surgery last October and hasn't pitched since. Now he's out at least another month. At least when David Cone was bitten by his mother's dog a few years ago, he only missed one start.) Asked about Keisler's run of bad luck, Yankees GM Brian Cashman replied: "He's snakebit." YUK.
13. Twins infielder Denny Hocking missed the 2002 AL Championship Series against Anaheim after
injuring the middle finger on his throwing hand during a postgame celebration following Minnesota's Division Series victory over Oakland. Hocking caught the final out in the decisive 5-4 victory over and the Twins piled on each other in the middle of the field. A teammate, whom Hocking believed was Jacque Jones, stepped on the middle finger of Hocking's right hand, splitting the nail in two places.
14. In the mid 1970's, the Rangers had a rare left-handed knuckle ball pitcher. According to at least one source, this is entirely true: Pitcher Charlie Hudson inadvertently SHOT HIMSELF IN THE FINGER. According to the book "Seasons in Hell," the league injury report read as follows:
KANSAS CITY: P Steve Busby- Torn Rotator Cuff
CHICAGO: 3B Bill Melton- Pulled Hamstring
TEXAS: P Charlie Hudson- Gunshot Wound
non-baseball - gus frerrotte got a concussion after head butting a wall to celebrate a touchdown.