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MLB Superstars Keep Getting Injured And It's The Height of Depression

Another MLB superstar bites the dust and the sport has something of an injury theme this season.

If you're a fan of MLB in any way, this season has been rough for injuries. Whether you're fanatical about one team, you watch as many teams as you can, or you're a fantasy baseball fan, it's been brutal.

MLB Needs Its Superstars

Bryce Harper, Mookie Betts, Jacob deGrom, Fernando Tatis Jr., Manny Machado, Max Scherzer, Salvador Perez, Ozzie Albies, Walker Buehler, Chris Sale and Stephen Strasburg. What do all those names have in common? They're all on the injured list. Harper just went down this weekend with a broken thumb. There's no official word, but you can probably safely add Ronald Acuna Jr. to this list after he fouled a ball off his foot on Saturday. This list is starting to look longer than a CVS receipt.

The game isn't as good without these stars. As a Dodger fan, I want to see the Dodgers pummel the Padres this week, but not at half strength. I want Fernando Tatis and Manny Machado to be in the lineup. I want my team to mow down their best hitters. Every baseball fan should feel this way. The NL East is a terrific division with the New York Mets, Atlanta Braves, and Philadelphia Phillies all having had huge hot streaks over the past month. The Phillies will now be without their team leader and reigning NL MVP. The Braves will miss Albies. How much better would the Mets be if Jacob deGrom had been pitching all season? The Dodgers are without their leadoff hitter and best pitcher. It stinks.

Why?

I hate to be the bearer of a rational opinion, but there's no one individual reason for this. It's a mixture of many factors.

A shortened spring training most likely led to a lot of pitchers being unable to start the season ready to pitch with their full stamina. Baseball as a whole is an incredibly difficult sport, but pitching is especially exacting. Pitchers need weeks to build up their arms to be able to throw 80+ pitches. It's often said that hitters only need two weeks to get into gear—but is it possible their muscle memory needs longer to be able to take 25 plate appearances a week? A good baseball swing involves a player's body from head to toe. Conditioning matters.

In 2021, the culprit was an easy one. The COVID-19 pandemic and a shortened 2020 season. There were plenty of pieces written on injuries happening last season. A shortened 2020 season left conditioning for players in a mess. This is 2022, though. What other factors could there be?

Is It The Ball?

New York Mets Chris Bassitt made it clear back in late April that pitchers could not grip the ball well.

"The MLB has a very big problem with the baseballs. They're bad," Bassitt said. "Everyone knows it. Every pitcher in the league knows it. They’re bad. They don't care. The MLB doesn't give a damn about it. They don’t care. We’ve told them there are problems with them. They don’t care."

Offense has been down around baseball. Are the different balls leading players to swing harder and thus creating more problems with their bodies and leading to more injuries? It's certainly possible. Not every injury involves Tatis Jr. irresponsibly taking risks on motor vehicles. When Blake Snell hit Harper, breaking his thumb, Snell expressed remorse. It was an accident. What is MLB going to do about this problem?

Last Thoughts

At the end of the day, this could just be coincidental and bad luck. Sometimes, miserable things are just bad luck. There's just been too much of it.