From a baseball fan's standpoint, nothing is more demoralizing than watching a player on your favorite team go down with an injury that forever alters their career. New York Yankees fans felt this feeling last week, when future Hall of Famer and all-time saves leader Mariano Rivera tore his ACL shagging fly balls during batting practice.
Though the 42-year-old Rivera would later go on to announce his return for next season, it would have been a much different story had he not. In that case, his career would have ended far too soon and in a manner that no future Cooperstown enshrinee should have to exit the game.
To give some better examples, here are 25 past and present MLB stars who were robbed of elite careers thanks to the injury bug.