The big news here in Denver is the injury to first year phenom Clint Barmes. Apparently Mr. Barmes fractured his collarbone when he took a tumble while walking upstairs with a bag of groceries…er….deer meat. Nice. The injury has put the breaks on what was a terrific season for the rookie. Barmes was on pace to finish the season with a .328 average, 24 homers and 102 RBI. Those are Rookie of the Year type numbers. While Barmes’ injury can be classified as freakish, it may not take the cake. Consider these beauties: Outfielder Glenallen Hill missed some games because he hurt himself falling out of bed. He was having a nightmare about spiders and was trying to escape them…. pitcher Greg Minton once drove a nail through his pitching hand while trying to shoe a horse…. Bret Barberie was scratched from the lineup when he inadvertently rubbed chili pepper in his eyes… Steve Sparks once dislocated his shoulder trying to rip a phone book in half…Sammy Sosa sprained a ligament in his back when he sneezed violently….Denny Hocking broke his nose after hitting a walk-off home run. His teammates were waiting for him at home plate and started slapping him on the helmet. The bill slid down his forehead and crunched his nose. Okey Dokey then.
Here are some of the better rookie seasons posted by Tigers:
Player Year AVE HR RBI
Hank Greenberg 1933 .301 12 87
Willie Horton 1965 .273 29 104
Steve Kemp 1977 .257 18 88
Matt Nokes 1987 .289 32 87
Dave Rozema 1977 (15-7 3.09)
For the record, qualifications for rookie status and other rules and regulations can be found here.