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30 MLB Players Who Overcame Physical/Mental Obstacles to Achieve Their Dreams

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30 MLB Players Who Overcame Physical/Mental Obstacles to Achieve Their Dreams

Perhaps the greatest stories in sports are not about simply the all-time greats, but instead about the ones who got a raw deal in life yet were able to make the best out of their situation.

There are those who have overcome great odds, whether it's due to a physical deformity, mental battles or another condition, to become an MLB player. Even issues of race, back in the day, were something that players had to battle.

These 30 players have all had to overcome something major, and each has an inspirational story to tell.

This is limited to those who had issues before starting an MLB career, so players like Darrell Porter or Jon Lester miss the cut. Eddie Gaedel is not on the list, either, since he wasn't actively trying to pursue an MLB career; his appearance was a Bill Veeck stunt.

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