MLB: Introducing the 2014 All-Injury team

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Sep 4, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto (19) reacts in front of St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina (4) after striking out in the in the first inning at Great American Ball Park. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

The 2014 All-Injury Team wasn’t easy to choose because it feels like the entire year has been the year of the injury. It started out with players going down for the season prior to or in early spring training. Need examples? The Athletics lost two starting pitchers to Tommy John Surgery in A.J. Griffin and Jarrod Parker and so did the Atlanta Braves in Brandon Beachy and Kris Medlen. You can also add the Diamondbacks’ ace Patrick Corbin as a member of that growing list.

Pitching injuries aside there still seem to have been an exorbitant number of injuries around the league in 2014. It’s true. Seriously the entire Texas Rangers team is injured, well practically. So, much like when I wrote about the five active players who were Hall of Fame locks, I had to set some kind of criteria and I will have guys who qualify for honorable mentions. I am going to focus on when they were injured, how long they were out before coming back if at all, where their teams are in the standings and how valuable they are to their team.

A good, yet questionable example could be Diamondbacks’ first baseman Paul Goldschmidt. He is the best player on the team by leaps and bounds. He leads the team in almost every single offensive category. Now he is out for the season but it just happened at the beginning of the month of August when the Diamondbacks were already down and out. So that’s a tough injury to call one most important injuries for a MLB first baseman.

Basically, this wasn’t as easy as you would think! I’m sticking to positions players only. With all the Tommy John surgeries it would be unfair to pick out only a select few when they all are in the midst of various levels of recovery. So here are my picks for the MLB 2014: All-Injury Team. Let me know how I did – agree, disagree? Leave a comment! Try to have a little fun with an issue that is really not so fun.

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