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I keep writing about injuries

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“As if he had trembled in New York, due to Juan Soto's injury”… JV

The thing about the Dominican, Juan Soto, has been so spectacular in the life of the Yankees, that last night it was as if it had trembled in the Bronx, with the appearance of an earthquake.
All because, with the Yankees beating the Twins 8-5, after the fifth inning, they announced: “Juan Soto has been injured. Now he will play for him, Alex Verdugo.”

And there was a very deep noise of worry, like wooououououou! of the more than 40 thousand people who filled Yankee Stadium.

The action had been suspended due to rain for an hour. Soto had reached base twice on balls and was the first batter when play resumed.

Manager, Aaron Boone, announced that several days ago, the star slugger suffered from discomfort in his right arm. And yesterday, Friday, he added that doctors and trainers were treating him.

Juan has been one of the best hitters this season. He is batting .318, with 17 home runs and 53 RBIs, in 64 games.

Last Saturday, when I wrote that injuries are the main enemy of professional baseball players, I remembered:

The most pathetic injury story in the Major Leagues has been that of Mickey Mantle, who suffered from ostioporosis, so he needed to play with his legs bandaged up to the groin.
In 1961, when Roger Maris surpassed Babe Ruth's single-season home run record with 61, Mantle hit 54, despite being sidelined by injuries for more than a week.

Mantle has been the only player with notable batting power, both right and left-handed.

Injuries are not forgiving. They attack the best of players as well as the most modest.
Mark (The Bird) Fydrich was sensational with the Tigers in his first season. He talked and sang to the ball in the middle of the game. He filled all the stadiums.

But after winning 19 times in his 1976 debut, with nine losses and a 2.34 ERA, he was never a good pitcher again. He could only survive in baseball for five seasons.
346 baseball figures have been elevated to the Hall of Fame. More than four times that number have been forced to retire early due to injuries.

Like, Johan Santana in 2012; Grady Sizemore in 2015; Nomar Garcíaparra in 2009; Brandon Webb in 2009; Dave Stieb in 1998; Don Mattingly in 1995; Eric Davis in 2001; JR Richard in 1980… And dozens more.

Thanks to the life that has given me so much, even a reader like you.

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