The history of MLB players whose careers ended too soon has featured incredible talents having their time in the spotlight end faster than expected. Whether because they died or suffered terrible injuries or simply retired, these players were out of the league well before their time. Iconic stars like Roberto Clemente, Sandy Koufax and Kirby Puckett all saw their careers end in abrupt fashions.
All the top short baseball careers will be featured with details regarding what caused their time to end so quickly. Each player clearly made a mark during his short stint playing at the highest level. Compare all the talents to find out which ones are the best.
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MLB career years: 1984-1995
Teams: Minnesota Twins
The dominance of Puckett ended in his prime due to a retinal vein occlusion causing him to lose vision in his right eye. His number was retired by the Minnesota Twins, and he died at age 46 after a massive stroke.19325Gone too soon?
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MLB career years: 1986-1994
Teams: Kansas City Royals, Chicago White Sox, California Angels
The two-sport life of Jackson would see an injury in the NFL ultimately end his run in the MLB as well. A degenerative hip condition caused Jackson to decline in baseball and eventually retire.16527Gone too soon?
MLB career years: 1964-1975
Teams: Boston Red Sox, California Angels
The end of Tony Conigliaro's superb MLB career showed how dangerous the game can be. Conigliaro's eyesight started to deteroriate after getting hit by a pitch, which ultimately ended his career.15327Gone too soon?
MLB career years: 1908-1920
Teams: Philadelphia Athletics, Cleveland Naps/Indians, Chicago White Sox
The "Black Sox Scandal" led to the punishment of Jackson and others for their role in intentionally losing the 1919 World Series. Jackson was banned from the sport in the prime of his career.15940Gone too soon?