Honesty In Baseball: It Appears to Be a Lost Art These Days

Wendy AdairAnalyst IMarch 17, 2009

A great deal has been written about the injuries being suffered by the players that have been participating in the WBC, this is not another article about that, this has to do with honesty.  And I am not referring to the much discussed steroid cover-ups either, that has been written about extensively as well, this has to do with communication between players and coaches.

Players know that injuries are part of the game, but they do need to keep their managers and coaches informed of their status, for everyone's sake.

Matt Lindstrom is now out due to rotator cuff problems, which he knew about but did not tell the coaching staff because he wanted to pitch, which is admirable, no doubt, but he should have been more honest. 

By not telling the pitching coach Mel Stottlemyre that he was hurting, he put himself in more danger than was necessary, and while I admire his dedication to his team by wanting to play, he did them a disservice by not revealing his injury.

Ryan Braun is another player who is practically denying a rib cage injury because he wants to play.  Again, admirable, but the Milwaukee Brewers are depending on him to play for them this year, so putting him in a spot where he can make his injury worse is not helping anyone, and could hurt a lot more people in the process.

David Wright was hit in the head by a knee breaking up a double play on Sunday night. He admitted to watery eyes and dizziness, but I am hoping that Team USA does keep a watchful eye on him for the remainder of the tournament.  Even though it does not appear to be a concussion, a blow to the head is always dangerous, and symptoms can appear for up to two or three weeks after the impact.

After the two concussions suffered by Ryan Church last season, the Mets have to be holding their collective breaths, even though they are for now, at least, satisfied that Wright is uninjured. There will be good reason for some concern until he shows, and not just says that he is fine..

Much criticism is made of the way that teams handle injuries to their players, but by the same token, the player needs to be honest about their condition to their management, communication is a two-way street.