Baseball Players Who Were Good Despite Themselves

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Baseball Players Who Were Good Despite Themselves
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Bartolo Colon

Every kid who collected baseball cards remembers them. For every Mike Schmidt, Ken Griffey Jr., Bo Jackson and Cal Ripken there was a Rick Rueschel or Charlie Kerfeld.

Certainly being in shape is a prerequisite to a long career, but there are a surprising amount of baseball players who were very good who seemingly had a zealous disregard for their own physiques.

It's fun to look at how these players brought something different and intangible to the game to make up for their lack of physical prowess. How did so many of these players overcome the great odds it takes to even become a pro baseball player, let alone be good at it?  Well, without further adieu, let's take a look!

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