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Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Baseball players outlive most of us, but some positions are better than others

Apart from the 81-plus days on the road every year, it’s pretty good to be a baseball player. You make a lot of money, you get to do something you love for a living, and you live significantly longer. But to get the maximum benefits, you’ll want to be a shortstop or a second baseman: As a new study points out, these players have the lowest overall mortality risk. The worst? Catchers, who die of genitourinary tract diseases at 2.5-times the rate of the guys chucking fastballs at their crotches.

Several studies have previously shown this overall decreased mortality amongst baseball players. It’s part of the general phenomenon known as the healthy worker effect, which says that on average, employed folks will be healthier than those out of the workforce. The healthy worker effect is mostly a statistical thing—health problems often make you less able to hold down a job. But some occupations give you an extra boost beyond.

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