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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

MLB ump Dale Scott retires rather than risk more concussions

Rather than risk yet another concussion, Scott has decided to retire at 58.

“I’m done,” he told the Associated Press.

The veteran crew chief missed nearly the entire 2017 season after a foul ball off the bat of Baltimore slugger Mark Trumbo in Toronto on April 14 caught him hard in the mask, causing Scott’s second concussion in nine months and fourth in five years.

Jeff Francoeur's OPS Posted: December 12, 2017 at 07:44 PM | 9 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Boxkutter Posted: December 13, 2017 at 10:58 AM (#5591600)
Smart move on his part. The idea of continuing to risk your health, with what we now know, is just ludicrous.

My son is only a year and a half, but he's a large kid on a large frame. Almost as big as his sister who is two years older than he is. He sits comfortably in the 90+ percentile for height, weight, head size, etc for all his check-ups. Already wears 4T clothes. People all the time make comments about him being a football player when he gets older, but I shut them down every time. I won't allow him to play tackle football because of this CTE stuff, and I'm a huge football fan myself. Even my father-in-law was saying recently the old "well, as long as you tackle correctly and go full speed you'll be fine, it's when you have bad form that you get injured". You know, the same spiel we have all heard.... and he's a nuclear engineer. Time and time again people say that things happen, and you just have to enjoy life, and crap like that.

Doesn't matter... my son still won't be playing tackle football growing up. I'm steering him towards baseball.
   2. Jose is an Absurd Force of Nature Posted: December 13, 2017 at 11:05 AM (#5591610)
Time and time again people say that things happen, and you just have to enjoy life, and crap like that.


This is generally my attitude towards life. Having said that I think it's ridiculous to view that as a license to just do anything. I mean yeah #### happens but at the same time you can take reasonable precautions.
   3. The Yankee Clapper Posted: December 13, 2017 at 11:10 AM (#5591614)
I'm steering him towards baseball.

Will the success of Aaron Judge & Mike Stanton, along with injury concerns, steer more kids with football physiques toward baseball? You'd think teams would take a hard look at those types, since the reward is so high, while perhaps also being more patient in their development. Of course, they should think outside the box about the Jose Altuve types, too.
   4. DL from MN Posted: December 13, 2017 at 11:26 AM (#5591634)
steer more kids with football physiques toward baseball?


Frank Thomas did alright
   5. PreservedFish Posted: December 13, 2017 at 11:31 AM (#5591641)
I wonder if he asked about just never doing home plate again?
   6. SoSH U at work Posted: December 13, 2017 at 11:40 AM (#5591659)

I wonder if he asked about just never doing home plate again?


I can't imagine he would. That wouldn't be fair to the other members of the crew.
   7. PreservedFish Posted: December 13, 2017 at 12:28 PM (#5591758)
Maybe they prefer doing home plate? I bet they do. It's less boring.
   8. SoSH U at work Posted: December 13, 2017 at 12:46 PM (#5591791)

Maybe they prefer doing home plate? I bet they do. It's less boring.


It's also a hell of a lot of work. It's like catching, for both teams.

   9. The Yankee Clapper Posted: December 13, 2017 at 12:54 PM (#5591801)
It's also a hell of a lot of work. It's like catching, for both teams.

Just wearing the chest protector on a hot day is more than most people would put up with. Isn't it about time they put a cooling unit in them? It's 2017.

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