Not known as being the most rough and tumble of sports, baseball nonetheless poses some risks for players, mostly in the form of a ball hurtling at 100 mph right at them. Whether they were actually taking one for the team, ensuring a man would be on base, or just couldn't get out of the way quickly enough, we salute those hit by a pitch.
Kansas City Royals' Billy Butler is hit by a pitch during the eighth inning against the Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field on July 23, 2014 in Chicago. The Royals defeated the White Sox 2-1. UPI/Brian Kersey
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