June 20, 2005
Under The Knife
The Cost of Injuries
Peter Gammons mentioned in his column that the Dodgers had lost more than 400 player-days to the disabled list. It's 437 to be exact, at least as of last week when trusty intern Mike Groopman updated the injury database for me. That's $10 million lost there. For the many that asked, no, it's not the worst total in baseball; the Reds, Nationals, Rangers and Angels all have more days lost to injuries. The Dodgers' figure is second behind the Giants for most dollars lost. For both teams, one player makes up a significant portion of the tab.
It's interesting to me that the Nats, Rangers and Angels haven't been bogged down by all their injuries yet. Is it depth, value lost, or something else that is allowing them to be injured and successful all at once? We don't know yet, but with people like Gammons starting to look at injuries as a problem, perhaps we can work to find the answers. I have a couple theories that I'm looking into, including one I'll reference below. I hope if you have ideas or theories that you'll share them with me.
Powered by the knowledge that yesterday's U.S. Grand Prix makes canceling the World Series look good in comparison, on to the injuries:
If you haven't checked out this week's BP Radio, I'd recommend it. Of course, I'm biased. Pizza Feeds in the works for St. Louis, Dallas and Indianapolis. Details soon.