Most of the players in the MLB have had the dream of going pro since their days in Little League. They did whatever it took to get to where they are, and they'll do whatever it takes to stay there.
Unfortunately, sometimes extenuating circumstances call for self-removal from the game the players know and love. That's what happened to former All-Star catcher Dioner Navarro.
Navarro recently revealed to Barry Davis on the Outta The Park podcast that he left the game to care for his wife, who suffered a severe stroke and entered a coma.
If there's one thing great enough to take a man away from the game he loves, it's a person he loves even more.
Fortunately, Navarro's wife came out of the coma against all odds. Now, he is her primary caregiver and stays by her side, aiding her recovery. He is also taking care of their family.
He has said he's open to returning to baseball, but it's not clear how serious that statement is due to the situation he currently finds himself in.
In his 13 year career, Navarro played for 7 different teams. His career batting average was .250 and he hit 77 career home runs. He was named an All-Star in 2008 with Tampa Bay.
Our thoughts are with Dioner Navarro and his family at this time. They have a long road ahead, but our fingers are crossed for his wife's full recovery.