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Jacoby Ellsbury Singlehandedly Ruined Major League Baseball

For those unaware, Jacoby Ellsbury is a regular hospital patient who used to be a Major League outfielder. Now he has plantar fascitis which is just a random foot injury that occurs sometimes out of nowhere but I suppose it’s not ‘random’ when it happens to Ellsbury. It’s destiny.

In 2014, the New York Yankees signed Jacoby Ellsbury to a 7-year $153 million deal. He has missed a combined 72 games in 2015 and 2017. In 2015 his knee hurt, In 2017, he ran into a wall and got a concussion.

Ellsbury played a grand total of zero games in 2018 because he was an elderly man who tore his hip and now he’s entering the 2019 season with a limp already before any actual baseball is being played.

And I feel like I have to remind people that baseball is a noncontact sport and Ellsbury is getting like, NFL linebacker injuries annually.

Jacoby Ellsbury is 35-years old and hasn’t been a productive every day starter since 2016 when he bat .264 with 9 homers and 56 RBIs which isn’t even an impressive stat line. He played 148 games that year. For comparison sake, Gary Sanchez debuted that same season. He hit .299 with 20 home runs and 42 RBIs. He played 53 games and had literally 400 less plate appearances.

MLB writers, players and fans are all racking their brains trying to understand why teams aren’t signing guys like Bryce Harper and Manny Machado to big money long term contracts and Jacoby Ellsbury is the exact reason why.

Everyone points to the Albert Pujols signing as the reason why these big long term deals are a mistake but the Anaheim Angels knew they were getting an aging first baseman that they’d be moving to DH soon.

Sure, Pujols was no longer an MVP candidate once he put on an Angels jersey but at least he’s still out there every day playing nearly all 162 games every year. In 2015 he was All-Star. In 2015, Ellsbury’s knee hurt.

Sure, Machado and Harper are 26 years old and Ellsbury was 30 when he signed that 7-year deal but they want 10-year contracts so their deals will end when they’re around 37 just like Ellsbury’s. Every person I know in their 30’s complains about some part of their body hurting and they don’t have to play 6 baseball games a week.

There is scuttlebutt that the players may strike when this CBA ends in 2021 because teams have stopped paying them top dollar but when you look at guys like Ellsbury and Crush Davis in Baltimore, who also signed a 7-year $163 million deal and just had the worst statistical season in MLB history, no shit teams don’t want to commit a decade of $300 million to anyone.

Jacoby Ellsbury ruined Major League Baseball.



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Written by TheLesterLee

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