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Phillies prospect Matt Imhof retires, shares inspiring story following freak eye injury

Phillies prospect Matt Imhof retires, shares inspiring story following freak eye injury

<p type="text" content="There comes a time when every professional player must consider life after baseball. That reality wasn’t supposed to hit this soon though for Philadelphia Phillies pitching prospect Matt Imhof.” class=”canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm” data-type=”text” data-reactid=”14″>There comes a time when every professional player must consider life after baseball. That reality wasn’t supposed to hit this soon though for Philadelphia Phillies pitching prospect Matt Imhof.

<p type="text" content="Imhof, 23, officially retired on Wednesday, seven months after losing his right eye in a freak training accident involving exercise bands.” class=”canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm” data-type=”text” data-reactid=”15″>Imhof, 23, officially retired on Wednesday, seven months after losing his right eye in a freak training accident involving exercise bands.

<p type="text" content="Imhof himself wrote about his decision in a powerful and inspiring piece for ESPN.&nbsp;In it, Imhof explains the impact that&nbsp;split second of misfortune had on him, and how it’s not only ended his career, but reshaped his entire life. He also explains the process he’s&nbsp;gone through to heal physically and emotionally, which helped him to transition from&nbsp;aspiring pitcher to the next and most important phase of his life.” class=”canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm” data-type=”text” data-reactid=”16″>Imhof himself wrote about his decision in a powerful and inspiring piece for ESPN. In it, Imhof explains the impact that split second of misfortune had on him, and how it’s not only ended his career, but reshaped his entire life. He also explains the process he’s gone through to heal physically and emotionally, which helped him to transition from aspiring pitcher to the next and most important phase of his life.

<p type="text" content="Here’s an excerpt:” class=”canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm” data-type=”text” data-reactid=”17″>Here’s an excerpt:

Imhof admitted to feeling alone and depressed in the aftermath of his injury. There’s no shame in that, as anyone would need time to let such a traumatic experience sink in. He credits Dr. Wendy W. Lee, who performed his second operation, for reminding him that his life had only changed. Once that message resonated with him, he says, his outlook changed.

Playing professional baseball will not be in Imhof’s future, but contributing to other aspiring pitchers careers will be. In fact, that’s already begun. Imhof is currently working towards finishing his degree in business finance at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. He’s also currently serving as the undergraduate assistant pitching coach to the baseball program, which keeps the connection to the sport he loves wide open.

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He says he doesn’t know if baseball or business will take top priority, or if there will be room for both. But he does recognize that he has a chance to make a difference, perhaps now more than ever since he’s not consumed by his own goals in baseball.

<p type="text" content="There’s more&nbsp;to&nbsp;Imhof’s story, which is well worth reading. You’ll undoubtedly feel his anguish, but you’ll also be reminded of the importance of picking yourself up and continuing on, even when it feels impossible.” class=”canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm” data-type=”text” data-reactid=”31″>There’s more to Imhof’s story, which is well worth reading. You’ll undoubtedly feel his anguish, but you’ll also be reminded of the importance of picking yourself up and continuing on, even when it feels impossible.

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<p type="text" content="Mark Townsend is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at bigleaguestew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter!” class=”canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm” data-type=”text” data-reactid=”38″>Mark Townsend is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at bigleaguestew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter!

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