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May 23, 2014

Overthinking It

How to Prevent Future Prince Fielders

by Ben Lindbergh


As Daniel Rathman noted in today’s edition of What You Need to Know, Thursday was a rough one for the Rangers, despite their 9-2 victory over Detroit. Heading into the day, Texas had already established a sizeable lead on the next-closest team in terms of games missed due to injury, which had limited a club that the Baseball Prospectus staff (though not PECOTA) had picked to win the AL West to a fourth-place, sub-.500 start.

Team

Games Missed

WARP Lost

Salary Lost (Millions)

Total Salary (Millions)

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Related Content:  Texas Rangers,  Injuries,  Prince Fielder,  Health,  Gabe Kapler

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Scot

The last column in the first table is mislabeled - it should either be labelled "fraction salary lost" or the values should be multiplied by 100 if the "% salary lost" label is kept.

May 23, 2014 07:23 AM
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Randy Brown
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Another factor that isn't specifically mentioned in Kapler's list is perception among teammates. Nobody wants a reputation as the guy who runs to the trainer every time they have an ouchie.

Any team trying to get players to be more proactive about reporting injuries is going to have to intervene on both individual and team-wide levels.

May 23, 2014 07:42 AM
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maphal

While its tempting to sympathize with the Rangers over the Fielder injury, didn't the Rangers put him through a full physical and take x-rays, MRIs, etc? A herniated disc is generally pretty hard to conceal.

May 23, 2014 07:49 AM
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BP staff member Ben Lindbergh
BP staff

No, they didn't. Sam and I discussed that on the podcast--Daniels said:

"In this case, a cervical MRI, at least for us, has not been part of our standard physical. A guy that had no history and no documentation, no treatment and no issues that anyone was aware of, had we done a physical, we wouldn't have done a cervical MRI. There may be other clubs that do that as standard practice. We're going to look into that. The bigger question is, 'How do we get better?'"

May 23, 2014 07:54 AM
 
maphal

Its easy for me to criticize after the fact, but taking on $150-200m on a guy with Fielder's profile would necessitate a full battery of tests.

May 23, 2014 08:04 AM
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maphal

Also, don't ever, ever, ever trade with Dave Dombrowski.

May 23, 2014 07:49 AM
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Kyle Matte

In 2011, the Texas Rangers had a historically healthy rotation.

C.J. Wilson (34), Colby Lewis (32), Derek Holland (32), Matt Harrison (30), and Alexi Ogando (29) each made 29+ starts. The only other two pitchers to start a game were David Bush (3) and Scott Feldman (2).

If I remember that season correctly, in mid-May the Rangers still had the same 25 man roster they opened the season with.

The same team can be both incredibly lucky and seemingly cursed in such a short span of time. Such is life and the law of averages.

May 23, 2014 08:30 AM
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Geoff Young

Good stuff, Ben. For the third point, I believe you mean "don't make decisions with WebMD unless you're Tim Stauffer."

http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/story?page=kensing/100521_padres_tim_stauffer_appendectomy

May 23, 2014 11:47 AM
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Mike Schieve

Freaks and Geeks. Love it.

May 24, 2014 05:20 AM
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