Compendium of dangers

Fans love to revel in the glory of sports. The gory isn't as nice, but the risks jocks endure are ever-present.

Updated: May 18, 2011, 10:16 AM ET
By Sam Alipour, Lindsay Berra, Patrick Cain, Anna Katherine Clemmons, Maggie Frank, Dan Friedell, Amy Parlipiano, Alyssa Roenigk, Stacey Pressman, Brandon Sneed, Kyle Stack | ESPN The Magazine

This article appears in the May 16, 2011 issue of ESPN The Magazine.

1. THE PRICE OF FAME For a growing number of Venezuelan baseball players, hitting it big in the majors can mean even bigger risks back home.

Of the 234 foreign-born players on Opening Day MLB rosters, 62 hail from Venezuela, the most major leaguers ever from the South American nation. But as Rangers catcher Yorvit Torrealba can attest, the success of his countrymen sometimes comes at a major cost.

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