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Monday, October 07, 2019

‘I was OK with not living’: What happens when an All-Star pitcher suffers from depression

Danny Graves knew how he ended up on the side of the road, but he couldn’t answer why.

Graves was only four years removed from signing a three-year, $17.25 million contract extension with the Cincinnati Reds. Three years earlier, he had made his second All-Star team.

Now, none of the 30 Major League Baseball teams would give him a spot in their organizations.

Here he was: 30 pounds overweight and living paycheck to paycheck making $2,000 a month in an independent league. He was recently divorced. He was drinking heavily after games, doing recreational drugs and addicted to sleeping pills. He was battling depression and anxiety.

The money he had made from his playing days was long gone. He once owned an 11,000-square-foot house, eight cars and a couple of motorcycles. But by the time he waspitching for the Long Island Ducks in 2007, Graves had hit rock bottom.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 07, 2019 at 07:53 AM | 29 comment(s)
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