After watching this show on the MLB Network, I thought it would be a great discussion of who would be on your list of the top "What Might Have Been's" in Baseball. So many tragic stories of guys who could've; would've; and should've, but just didn't.
This was MLB Network's top 9:
9) Rick Ankiel
8) Ray Fosse
7) Pete Reiser
6) Lyman Bostock
5) Herb Score
4) Tony Conigliaro
3) J.R. Richard
2) Bo Jackson
1) Satchel Paige
I don't agree with Rick Ankiel being on the list. Sure he lost his control as a pitcher, but he came back and with a vengance as an OF. If anything he should be on a list for the Top Comback Players in MLB History.
I agree with the others. The JR Richard situation was really, really tragic, so was Herb Score.
I would add Josh Hamilton, Dwight Gooden and Shane Spencer on that list. Shane Spencer was a september call up for the Yankees in 1998. He was a beast. in 27 games he hit 10HR's 27 RBI's. I think he hit like 3 Grand slams. He had an awkward knee injury in 1999 and was never the same.
Who's your "What Might Have Benn" Player? It doesn't have to be just 9 players either.