Baseball Player’s Retirement is NFL-esque
By Andrew Fletcher
The increasing number of players retiring early from professional football due to head trauma is neither surprising nor a secret. This past Wednesday, the country was shocked to find out that a baseball player would be joining them. Mike Trout, the game’s most famous and dynamic player announced he would be hanging up the cleats after 5 seasons due to “repeated skin trauma, likely from standing in the sun all day long.” Trout went on to describe his constant condition of red and peeling skin, his battle to focus through the burning, and “the constant struggle to find an SPF that actually works.”
The announcement brought down immediate criticism from the NFL community, especially former players who seemed to feel as though this cheapened their career. Terry Bradshaw emphasized on FOX that this “only provides proven proof that football players are tougher than baseball players in every regard to the word,” and that he’s “overwhelmingly satisfied” with the steps the NFL has taken to protect players. Major League Baseball must be careful to protect their reputation for being the sport of people who either don’t want to permanently damage themselves, or have too much time on their hands.
Rob Manfred, the commissioner, responded by announcing the league would look into safety measures reminiscent of the ones the NFL has taken to protect its players. Dugouts may soon have health professionals, dermatologists, and sunscreen appliers waiting to respond to a player’s skin needs. When they’re looking lobster-like, players may have to go back to the clubhouse to undergo an examination by a professional to determine if their skin is in playable condition. The players, their families, and all fans of the game will only hope that these skin conditions don’t go ignored, and will follow the sterling example that professional football has set.