At times, baseball can produce some moments that bring out the absolute worst in players and in teams despite the best of intentions. With the advent of technology, those not-so shining moments can now be caught on camera immediately and shared online for all to see literally within seconds.
Here is a list of some of the funniest bloopers in major league baseball history.
10. Randy Johnson kills a poor, defenseless dove with 95 MPH fastball.
On March 24, 2001, while pitching in a spring training exhibition game for the Arizona Diamondbacks, pitcher Randy Johnson went into his windup and delivered a 95 MPH fastball.
The problem was, it never actually made the plate. A dove soared into the path of the ball and was literally disintegrated in mid-air. The dove landed to the ground in a flurry of feathers, and the umpire called “no pitch.”
9. Florida Marlins Grounds Crew Has Adventure in Driving Rain
The Florida Marlins were hosting a game at Joe Robbie Stadium in Miami (or whatever other of the 2,468 names that park has had in its existence). During the game, a driving rain literally drove the game to a complete halt, requiring the stadium grounds crew to then quickly cover the field.
There was just one slight problem—the grounds crew started unrolling the tarp in right field, and when it was fully unveiled, never even covered the infield.
It took the crew a full 19 minutes to figure out how to “stretch” the tarp.
8. Bill Buckner Will Probably Never Live This Blunder Down
Boston Red Sox first baseman Bill Buckner was an excellent player throughout his 22-year career, collecting over 2,700 hits and compiling a lifetime .289 batting average. However, one particular play on the night of October 25, 1986 landed Buckner in the Hall of Shame.
The ball that trickled through Buckner’s legs was not the sole event that lost Game Six of the 1986 World Series for the Red Sox, but it was final play of a bizarre string of events, labeling Buckner as a goat for the rest of his life, unfairly or not.
7. Robin Ventura Gets a Beatdown Courtesy of Nolan Ryan
In the 1993 season, power pitcher Nolan Ryan was in the twilight of his outstanding 27-year career, already having announced his retirement before the season began.
On Aug. 4, facing the Chicago White Sox, Ryan decided to go high and tight against hitter Robin Ventura. Ventura objected to what he thought was an obvious intrusion into his private space, and made his own decision—rush the old man.
Problem was, the old man could still handle himself pretty well in a scrape, getting the much younger Ventura into a headlock quickly and pummeling him with his right hand.
Think Ventura wanted a re-do on that decision?
6. Outfielder Nyjer Morgan Throws Hissy Fit and Allows Inside-the-Park Home Run
When the Washington Nationals played an interleague game against the Baltimore Orioles on May 22, 2010, O’s center fielder Adam Jones was given a very early Christmas gift, courtesy of Nats’ center fielder Nyjer Morgan.
On a deep drive hit by Jones to center field, Morgan went back on the ball and leaped at the wall to make the catch, failing to come down with the ball. In his anger at his inability to keep the ball in his glove, Morgan threw his glove down in complete disgust and walked away.
Jones, seeing the hissy fit thrown by Morgan, just kept on running, and by the time Nationals left fielder Josh Willingham finally retrieved the ball, Jones had scored behind two other runners for a three-run inside the park home run.
The play was the deciding factor in the O’s 7-6 victory, and Morgan was shipped off to the Milwaukee Brewers just over a month later.
Update: Morgan was actually acquired by the Brewers in March of 2011. Thanks to the commenters who pointed this oversight out, which should have been caught by the editor.
5. Ryan Raburn Allows Home Run off His Glove From Warning Track
On April 26, 2011, Detroit Tigers left fielder Ryan Raburn turned what should have been a Miguel Olivo flyout into an improbable home run.
There have been quite a few players in baseball history who have knocked the ball over the fence trying to catch a ball, but Raburn may just be the first one to it from the beginning of the warning track.
4. Manny Ramirez Performs Perfect Pirouette on Throw from Johnny Damon
The “Manny Being Manny” act played well for a few years before his suspected PED use and other issues finally took their toll, but on one particular night, Boston Red Sox left fielder Manny Ramirez wowed the crowd, and the internet world, with an unbelievable sight.
Manny decided to act as an outfield cut-off man for center fielder Johnny Damon. While it’s certainly true that Damon was never blessed with a strong throwing arm, Manny really didn’t need to cut off a throw from just 50 feet away.
But hey, it’s Manny being Manny.
3. Roger Clemens Acts Like a Wuss in Game 2 of 2000 World Series
Roger Clemens has certainly been accused of a lot of things over the years—in fact he’s currently accused of perjury, for which he’ll try to weasel out of….er… defend himself in a second trial next April.
However, in Game 2 of the 2000 World Series against the New York Mets, Clemens decided to whip the fat end of a broken bat at the feet of Mike Piazza—and then later claim it was all a big misunderstanding.
2. Steve Lyons Shows off Legs and a Bit More in Front of National Audience
On August 13, 1990 Chicago White Sox utility player Steve Lyons, who was already known for being just a bit off-kilter at times, bunted down the first base line and just barely beat the throw to the bag on a head-first slide.
After getting up, Lyons decided to do a little bit more than just dust himself off. Lyons forever became for being the first ballplayer in history to drop trow during a game.
1. Jose Canseco Finally Learns How to Use His Head
On May 26, 1993, while playing right field for the Texas Rangers, Jose Canseco started chasing after a ball hit deep to right-center field off the bat of Cleveland Indians designated hitter Carlos Martinez.
What happened next turned into the most viewed blooper in MLB sports history.
Jeff Herbst (born and raised in the Midwest) has had a passion for sports ever since he could first walk. He works with Phoenix Bats, a company that creates world-class wood baseball bats such as their signature fungo bats for amateur and professional ball players around the world.