These two tweets are from a series on missives from the Fox Sports reporter and columnist Jon Morosi. Morosi pontificated on the topic of one Brett Lawrie, the fully #dimed third baseman of the Toronto Blue Jays. Lawrie was placed on the disabled list today with an ankle injury suffered sliding into second base on a steal attempt against the Atlanta Braves on Monday night.

The injury itself seemed quite freakish, though Brett Lawrie’s injury history suggests there are freak injuries and then there are player that suffer injuries at a freakish rate. Is it because of his style of play or something else? Fear not, Doctor Jon Morosi is on the case.

The slide shown above looks like nothing out of the ordinary – Lawrie slides into second base, catches a spike, twists his ankle. Unforunate but hardly the “diving headfirst into a camera bay” of last year.

But when Morosi starts listing players who are “consistent” and “in control of their emotions/body”, the names he comes up with are a little peculiar.

Buster Posey? He definitely is a consistent hitter and in charge of his emotions on the field. Just like he was in 2011 when he missed 114 games with an injury, one of the freakish nature in which he caught a spike/wasn’t in the most ideal position to take a hit.

Or Derek Jeter, a wonderfully consistent Hall of Fame player who blew up his ankle in the 2012 playoffs, missing the entire season to date and at least another month more.

Derek Jeter was 38-years old when he suffered that break. Maybe he shouldn’t be jumping around and going deep into the hole. To say nothing of the injury he suffered in 2003, when he recklessly slide headfirst into third base on Opening Day, violently crashing his shoulder in the shin guards of Blue Jays catcher Ken Huckaby. Jeter missed the first quarter of that 2003 season

Derek  Jeter has his left shoulder dislocated

Nobody would suggest Brett Lawrie doesn’t need to “find another gear” or “learn how to hit non-straight pitches” but this is a very strange place for Morosi to plant his flag. There appears to be basically nothing in the slide to suggest Brett Lawrie did anything unusual.

Injuries happen. They do. Staying healthy and productive is a skill, one that traces its roots off the field and into the training room and kitchen of most athletes. But avoiding freak injuries is nothing more than good fortune. If the throw from catcher Brian McCann doesn’t make its way up the line, maybe Lawrie doesn’t duck to avoid it an he’s fine. Maybe a million things happen and Lawrie is still healthy, still making outs like its his job.

To laud any player for avoiding freakish injury is akin to celebrating a senior citizen for living 70 years without being struck by lightning. There isn’t too much they had to do with it, it just sort of happened to them. Unlike getting old, which comes for us all. Even you, Jeter. RIP.

Comments (12)

  1. The irony is that Lawrie has played much smarter in the field so far this season. I’ve noticed him not hurling his body towards first when there isn’t a chance on ground outs. I’ve even seen him not go after balls he would have last season at third. One notable play was in the Giants game. The Jays were up big and he was rounding second very leisurely on a ball hit down the right field line. He only put on the gas when he saw he was being waved in, and didn’t slide into home plate! These examples may seem minor but for an agro to the fucking max player like Lawrie it’s a huge improvement. He obviously needs to work on situational IQ agro (Sac fly incident) but it’s still encouraging. For me the big injury concern is his obliques caused by his ridiculous power swing.

  2. Jeter (broken ankle), Rivera (torn ACL), Votto (torn mensicus) Mauer (lower leg injuries, among other things), and Posey (broken ankle).

    There are hundreds of players in the majors right now that he could have used as examples but he chose these with the most recent injury histories. He also probably didn’t bother to realize that 162 game schedule spanning six months (not including playoffs) while maining health is like, really hard.

    Not everyone can be like Ripken

  3. who cares what morosi thinks? why is it necessary to write in article about how obviously misinformed he is?

    • Isn’t that one of the reasons of having a progressive thinking blog? Point out the mainstream bullshit out there?

      • #occupybaseball

      • perhaps. this is only my opinion, but i find whole articles attacking other writers to be somewhat petty. it reminds me of the way insecure people insult others to feel better about themselves. or the way people criticize others to avoid scrutiny of themselves. of course in this comment i am criticizing a writer for criticizing another writer. not sure if that makes me a hypocrite, but if it does, then damn.

        • Sam, this is the whole point of blogs, no? I think you are missing the point buddy.

          Don’t read blogs if you don’t want to read bloggers shit on the people getting paid handsomely to write shit like Trolololosi.


  4. To be fair Lawrie does need to be more lucky. His BABIP is awful right now and if it regresses to the mean his batting average will climb significantly and he’ll no longer feel as much of a need to press at the plate.

    This of course is only for batting. Morosi’s general point is stupid and he couldn’t have picked a worse sample of players to prove it.

  5. But why was he attempting to steal in that situation in the first place?

  6. Votto spent time on the DL for depression and anxiety in 2009. Which is not a knock on him, but to suggest that his play isn’t at all affected by his emotions is especially silly.

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