Dinger’s Dunces

If there was ever a sport in which using your intelligence (or lack thereof) affected the outcome of a game, baseball would be it. One way to win games is just to have everybody healthy. This is a cerebral effect because, for the most part, you can keep yourself in shape and well by just taking care of yourself. Some baseball players just haven’t quite mastered that throughout the years.

“Dinger’s Dunces” will rank three of the dumbest injuries that have happened out of sheer stupidity in recent memory. Without further ado, let’s get after it.

3. Bret Barberie

Barberie was known more for his marriage choice rather than his playing skills. Barberie played for four clubs in six years, hitting .271 in his short career. Though his career ended with a .071 batting average for the Cubs back in 1996, he was able to snag Fox NFL Sunday’s Jillian Reynolds.

Though he may have been a rising star on the field, Bret Barberie wasn't in the kitchen. (Trading Card Database)

Though he may have been a rising star on the field, Bret Barberie wasn’t one in the kitchen. (Trading Card Database)

While a member of the Marlins (1993-94), Barberie was cooking a meal before a game and accidently rubbed his eye after cooking with chilli peppers. After washing his eyes out, Barberie ripped his contact and couldn’t see. The burn didn’t let up as Barberie sat out of the lineup that evening.

He would later divorce Jillian and flame out of the majors. Poor Bret. He puts the “fun” in dysfunctional.

2. Marty Cordova

Cordova won the 1995 AL Rookie of the Year as a member of the Minnesota Twins, where he had 24 home runs and swiped 20 bags. He enjoyed a pretty decent career, finishing with 122 homers, 540 RBI and a .274 batting average.

What brought Cordova to fame was a self-induced injury when we was a member of the Baltimore Orioles (2002-03).

Cordova wasn’t in to the spray-tanning phenomenon and didn’t think he got enough rays during the season. Cordova decided to go tanning before a game and fell asleep on the tanning bed. What woke him up was the sound of his face grilling. He would have to miss the next few games while he recovered from a facial burn.

But, man was he tan!

1. Adam Eaton

Settle down, Diamondbacks fans. Not your Adam Eaton, but this Adam Eaton.

Eaton was a former first-round selection of the Phillies back in 1996. He made it to the majors in 2000 and finished his career with the Rockies in 2009. He won 71 games and never had an ERA below 4.00, playing for five different organizations.

Adam Eaton is unfortunately known more by his injury than his performance. (Yardbarker)

Adam Eaton is unfortunately known more by his injury than his performance. (Yardbarker)

What made Eaton famous was a blunder that happened during his tenure with the Padres. He was trying to open a DVD case with a paring knife and ended up stabbing himself in the stomach. He later went to the emergency room and made a full recovery.

Eaton’s “horror film” does have my backing. Those cases are hard to open!

Baseball is considered by many as a game of chess. Let’s hope these three aren’t playing against Bobby Fischer anytime soon.

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Prospect checkup

The Doc is in – and he is ready to give you a prognosis about the futures of three players in the Rockies farm system. You may not have heard of this trio of prospects, but they are all ranked in the top-15 in Colorado’s farm system and have a chance to make a big splash at the next level. Without further ado…

David Dahl (No. 6 prospect according to Baseball America)

The 10th pick in the 2012 draft has garnered some attention by scouts in and around the Rockies organization. Dahl was the 2012 Pioneer League MVP and quickly began drawing comparisons to Mike Trout. All the tools are there for Dahl to take the next step in his game. He ran a 6.49 60-yard dash and has accumulated 24 stolen bases, thus far. Dahl has a .335 career batting average to go along with 17 home runs and 88 RBI in Single-A. The Rockies prospect has an arm that makes Steve Finley jealous.

Altogether, Dahl has what it takes to get to the majors. We are probably looking at a 2- to 3-year window in which this could happen, as the Rockies don’t like to rush players to the big leagues.

Tom Murphy (No. 7)

Another prospect from the 2012 draft, Murphy was selected in the third round by Colorado. The former Buffalo standout has flexed his muscles at the plate, smacking 33 home runs in his tenure in the farm system. He has also shown a willingness to drive runners in, picking up 136 RBI by virtue of a hit, sacrifice or fielder’s choice. Murphy needs to improve at blocking balls in the dirt and framing pitches if he wants to make it to Denver.

With the Rockies having the same mindset with Wilin Rosario as the Twins did with Joe Mauer, Rosario may move to first base in the coming years, leaving room for Murphy to come and make his mark. This move will not happen as long as Justin Morneau is manning the bag, so I would see Murphy’s call to be delayed at least two years.

Tyler Matzek (No. 12)

Since being picked in the 2009 draft, all Matzek has done is strike out batters and move up the ranks. The 23-year old southpaw has a career average of 8.5 strikeouts per nine innings. He has also improved his control, walking only 10 percent of the batters he faces in 2014. Matzek has what many managers want – a plus fastball and put-away breaking ball, all from the left arm.

Matzek continues to impress the scouts. In his last start, he went 7.2 innings, scattering four hits and even hitting a home run en route to his fifth win on the young season.

What was originally planned to be a call-up next season, the Rockies have begun to rethink the timeline on their prospect. I could easily see Matzek getting his chance this year if somebody from the rotation begins to slip. If the rotation remains intact, Matzek could see some work in the bullpen or will get a very good shot at making the Opening Day roster in 2015.

These prospects may not be in the news as much as Jon Gray or Eddie Butler, but all will certainly be given a chance in the coming seasons for the Rockies.