Saturday, May 19, 2012
On this day in 2004, Cleveland Indians shortstop Omar Vizquel's popup to right field caused a collision between second baseman Willie Harris and right fielder Magglio Ordonez.
The resulting injury to Magglio's left knee caused two trips to the disabled list, which led to Maggs only being able to play in fourteen additional games after the collision. The nature of the injury and a growing rift between Ordonez and manager Ozzie Guillen caused the White Sox to not pursue Magglio in free agency.
Ordonez only played in eighty-two games in 2005, but blossomed into a premier hitter with the Detroit Tigers, who picked him up in free agency, eventually hitting a career high .363 in 2007. The ChiSox instead picked up Jermaine Dye, who became the 2005 World Series MVP. It seems like a situation where everyone was put into a better situation.