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January 8, 2007
BASEBALL: Signs of Spring

A Ken Griffey injury status report. If the groundhog sees three of those, spring comes early.

Posted by Baseball Crank at 10:19 PM | Baseball 2007 | Comments (4) | TrackBack (0)
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Isn't one of the signs of former steroid use increased injury? I hope that isn't the case, but it makes you go huuuuummmmm!!!!

Posted by: maddirishman at January 9, 2007 10:02 AM

I'm no expert for sure, but my memory tells me that many of Griffey's injuries were play related. Things like broken bones are not steroid related; at least I don't think so.

I think Griffey is more typical, in that most athletes have a life span of maybe 10-12 high level years, then the wear and tear of extreme play (and pro athletes do things with their bodies that would kill us in a minute) starts to catch up. This is anecdotal of course, but Mantle and DiMaggio come to mind as well. Joe opted out once he couldn't do it at a Joe D level, Mantle needed the money. Griffey is hitting the same curve, but he started out early. I wonder if ARod, who also started young, will start the same level of decline. As I said, conjecture only. There will always be exceptions.

Posted by: Daryl Rosenblatt at January 9, 2007 10:39 AM

Like I said, I hope he is clean and always has been, but it makes one wonder when the injury bug starts to hit hard.

Posted by: maddirishman at January 9, 2007 11:45 AM

How exactly would steroids break your hands ?

Posted by: Jerry at January 9, 2007 11:47 AM
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