On July 2, the Twins gave Mariano Rivera a retirement gift in a pregame ceremony: a rocking chair made in part from broken bats with the inscription, “Chair of Broken Dreams.” Rivera smiled widely. “I was expecting someone to do something like that with broken bats, but that was, that was awesome,” he said. “That was great. That was wonderful. Made me laugh a lot.” (Jim Mone/AP; Brian Ekart/Icon SMI)
GALLERY: Rare Photos of Mariano Rivera

On July 2, the Twins gave Mariano Rivera a retirement gift in a pregame ceremony: a rocking chair made in part from broken bats with the inscription, “Chair of Broken Dreams.” Rivera smiled widely. “I was expecting someone to do something like that with broken bats, but that was, that was awesome,” he said. “That was great. That was wonderful. Made me laugh a lot.” (Jim Mone/AP; Brian Ekart/Icon SMI)

GALLERY: Rare Photos of Mariano Rivera

A torn hamstring in 1993 forced Edgar Martinez into the DH full-time but certainly didn’t derail his career. Martinez won the batting title in 1995 as a DH, hitting .356, and belted more than 25 home runs in five seasons. His career numbers of .312 batting average, 309 home runs, 1,261 RBI and .933 OPS demonstrate the consistent threat Martinez provided in the Mariners’ batting order. (Rich Frishman/SI)
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A torn hamstring in 1993 forced Edgar Martinez into the DH full-time but certainly didn’t derail his career. Martinez won the batting title in 1995 as a DH, hitting .356, and belted more than 25 home runs in five seasons. His career numbers of .312 batting average, 309 home runs, 1,261 RBI and .933 OPS demonstrate the consistent threat Martinez provided in the Mariners’ batting order. (Rich Frishman/SI)

GALLERY: Top 10 Designated Hitters of All Time

During a Pedro Martinez-Roger Clemens showdown in Game 3 of the 2003 ALCS, Yankees bench coach Don Zimmer, 73, lunged toward the Red Sox right hander and ending up with a faceful of Fenway sod. Later in the game New York reliever Jeff Nelson and right fielder Karim Garcia got into a fight with a Fenway Park groundskeeper after he cheered for Boston in the Yankees’ bullpen. (AP)
GALLERY: Notorious Basebrawls

During a Pedro Martinez-Roger Clemens showdown in Game 3 of the 2003 ALCS, Yankees bench coach Don Zimmer, 73, lunged toward the Red Sox right hander and ending up with a faceful of Fenway sod. Later in the game New York reliever Jeff Nelson and right fielder Karim Garcia got into a fight with a Fenway Park groundskeeper after he cheered for Boston in the Yankees’ bullpen. (AP)

GALLERY: Notorious Basebrawls

In one of the more embarrassing revelations about Alex Rodriguez, a former A-Rod fling told US Weekly in 2009 that he had two painted portraits of himself as a centaur hanging above his bed. “He was so vain,” the ex told the magazine. “He had not one, but two painted portraits of himself as a centaur. You know, the half man, half horse figure? It was ridiculous.” (Photo composite by Dave Kaye/SI.com; Photo credits: Walter Iooss Jr./SI, Colin Anderson/Brand X/Getty Images)
GALLERY: A’Rod’s Most Embarrassing Moments

In one of the more embarrassing revelations about Alex Rodriguez, a former A-Rod fling told US Weekly in 2009 that he had two painted portraits of himself as a centaur hanging above his bed. “He was so vain,” the ex told the magazine. “He had not one, but two painted portraits of himself as a centaur. You know, the half man, half horse figure? It was ridiculous.” (Photo composite by Dave Kaye/SI.com; Photo credits: Walter Iooss Jr./SI, Colin Anderson/Brand X/Getty Images)

GALLERY: A’Rod’s Most Embarrassing Moments

Ken “The Kid” Griffey was taken No. 1 overall straight out of high school. With his beautiful, majestic swing and spectacular defense in center ield, Griffey quickly became one of the game’s most celebrated players. He retired in the middle of his 22nd season, after enjoying a Hall of Fame career (though injuries marred the second half of it). The 13-time All-Star ranks fifth all time with 630 homers. He won 10 consecutive Gold Gloves and the AL MVP in 1997. (VJ Lovero/SI)
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Ken “The Kid” Griffey was taken No. 1 overall straight out of high school. With his beautiful, majestic swing and spectacular defense in center ield, Griffey quickly became one of the game’s most celebrated players. He retired in the middle of his 22nd season, after enjoying a Hall of Fame career (though injuries marred the second half of it). The 13-time All-Star ranks fifth all time with 630 homers. He won 10 consecutive Gold Gloves and the AL MVP in 1997. (VJ Lovero/SI)

GALLERY: No. 1 MLB Draft Picks Since 1985