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Thursday, September 01, 2016

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-1-2016

[Liberty, Mississippi] Southern Herald, September 1, 1916:

According to a report Johnny Evers’ layoff may be somewhat extended. He has in addition to a lame leg and a sore arm a bad case of nerves.

Obviously, this is a result of all those fudge orgies and nicotine sprees.

I find reports like this fascinating; it seems like there may have been less of a stigma about anxiety and depression among athletes 100 years ago than there is today. I know Zack Greinke and Dontrelle Willis had anxiety issues that kept them sidelined at times, but IIRC those absences were made into a bigger deal than if they’d have turned their ankle or had a blister. They weren’t “oh, by the way” sorts of things.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: September 01, 2016 at 09:39 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, johnny evers, mental health

Saturday, July 02, 2016

Piecoro: Diamondbacks prospect Yoan Lopez leaves team again

Bad news all around. Here’s hoping he finds a measure of happiness away from the game.

Diamondbacks pitching prospect Yoan Lopez left his minor league team on Wednesday night with the intention of leaving the sport entirely, but General Manager Dave Stewart said the club has convinced him to hold off on a decision.

Stewart said the team believes Lopez is dealing with “serious emotional issues,” noting all he has been through in the past two years beginning with his departure from Cuba. ...

The Diamondbacks had high hopes for Lopez when they signed him in January 2015 for $8 million, a bonus that triggered another $8 million in penalties for exceeding their international spending limit. Club officials believed he could develop into a top-of-the-rotation starting pitcher.



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