Matt Imhof was a southpaw pitching prospect for the Philadelphia Phillies last summer before losing his right eye during a freak accident that took place at the ballpark.
While working out with a pair of resistance bands that were mounted to the wall the base broke and hit him in the eye. The result was a broken nose, two broken orbital bones and a crushed eye.
After the accident, Imhof was told by doctors that his eye had been crushed like it was a grape and it was not likely he would regain any vision in it.
Eventually, Imhof decided it was better to have the eye removed. Surgeons removed his right eye and placed a prosthetic in its place.
Earlier this week, in a piece by ESPN, the former player spoke about his ordeal. He said the incident had left him feeling more scared that at any time in his life.
Fast forward to present and Imhof is doing fine. He wears his prosthetic with confidence though he has said it was difficult adjusting to the new field of vision he has with just one eye.
He had to relearn to walk around in large crowds, to drive a vehicle and just to walk down a flight of stairs.
However, through it all he said he would not allow his injury to defeat him so he embraced his struggle.
In the piece by ESPN, Imhof said he was retiring from playing baseball but not due to his injury. He said he was retiring because he wants a change of pace following 20 years doing the same thing.
Imhof, who in the amateur draft of 2014 was chosen No. 47 overall, has returned to Cal Poly to complete his undergraduate degree.
He is also working as an undergraduate assistant on the baseball team as a pitching coach.
His identity before was always wrapped around the game of baseball but the injury allowed him to see beyond just that, said the 24-year old.
What the former baseball player went through during last summer can only be called a tragedy, but thankfully, he used his perseverance and did not only survive the loss of an eye but is now thriving in the new life he has as an undergraduate coach and student.