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Wash Post: Tyler Skaggs' agent pushed him to pitch through pain for years


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https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/2022/03/22/tyler-skaggs-injuries-opioids-death/

"After the left-hander underwent Tommy John surgery in 2014 to repair a ligament in his throwing arm, Skaggs’s mother testified, his surgeon was aware of his dependency issues, leading him to prescribe a lower-level opioid.

But the text messages obtained by The Post show Skaggs was fretful about his health and apologetic about bringing up injuries with his agent. Hamill advised him against making an issue of apparent injuries, emphasizing financial stakes."

 

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Skaggs and his agent are all over the place in this article between being pushed, then told to throttle back to avoid greater injury and then Skaggs asking his agent to get him a "dose pack" (methylprednisolone) and was refused because of the legal issues.

That puts Skaggs as the guy asking for others to break the law so he can get pain relievers and behind the scenes.

The agent never told the Angels his player was asking for pain killers. This is more evidence that Skaggs was going behind the team's back to get his pain relief and nothing that led to his death was preventable by the organization. 

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The more that comes out, the more I conclude that Skaggs:

—had no respect for his own well being outside of baseball performance (pursuing money over health)

—was sneaky/dishonest/deceitful

—had no respect for rules

—had absolutely no respect for laws personally

—openly asked others to break the law to benefit him 

 

The result is Skaggs got himself killed.

It is very important for any organization to dig into the Skaggs story to learn how an episode like this can happen.  But I find it very difficult to see how any of the responsibility for Skaggs’ death can fall on the team when Skaggs was clearly guilty of the bullet points above.

 

 

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2 hours ago, Dtwncbad said:

The more that comes out, the more I conclude that Skaggs:

—had no respect for his own well being outside of baseball performance (pursuing money over health)

—was sneaky/dishonest/deceitful

—had no respect for rules

—had absolutely no respect for laws personally

—openly asked others to break the law to benefit him 

 

The result is Skaggs got himself killed.

It is very important for any organization to dig into the Skaggs story to learn how an episode like this can happen.  But I find it very difficult to see how any of the responsibility for Skaggs’ death can fall on the team when Skaggs was clearly guilty of the bullet points above.

 

 

Looks like Phil isn't the only one. 

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