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    Rays’ Juan Sandoval could crack MLB barrier

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    Juan Sandoval

    If righthander Juan Sandoval earns a spot on the Rays’ pitching staff, he’ll join a select group of players who were able to overcome significant physical challenges to play in the major leagues. Sandoval, 32, lost sight in his right eye as the result of an accidental shooting at a restaurant in 2006.

    Other players who overcame significant physical challenges to play in the major leagues:

    OF Curtis Pride (deaf)

    1993-2006, Expos, Tigers, Red Sox,

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    Braves, Yankees, Angels

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    Career batting average: .250

    P Jim Abbott (missing right hand)

    1989-99, Angels, Yankees,

    White Sox, Brewers

    Career record: 87-108 4.25 ERA

    OF Pete Gray (missing right arm)

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    1945, St. Louis Browns

    Career batting average: .218

    P Bert Shepard (missing right leg)

    1945, Washington Senators

    (pitched one game)

    P Mordecai “Three Finger” Brown (missing index finger on right hand)

    1903-16, Cardinals, Cubs

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    Career record: 239-130, 2.06 ERA

    OF William Hoy (deaf)

    1888-1902, Nationals, Senators,

    Reds, White Sox, Louisville Colonels

    Career batting average: .288