Anxiety, depression and other mental health issues are a very real problem for MLB players. In the past, players chose to remain silent on an issue considered taboo. Fortunately, this is starting to change.
The league is finally working to address the topic of mental health and help players confront the issue, instead of hiding from it.
In a recent article for The Athletic, journalist Brittany Ghiroli does a great job shedding light on the issue. His article provides in-depth details on individual stories and explains how speaking out helped players deal with their issues.
Arizona Diamondbacks Right-handed pitcher Jamison Hill is one of the players working to overcome the stigma surrounding anxiety and depression in the league. His message to the baseball world was clear:
“I wish more athletes knew they weren’t alone.”
The 24-year-old from San Diego suffers from depression and anxiety. He went on to say that MLB clubs were doing more to help players. Hill cited the Diamondbacks’ mental support staff, who have been a big help to him during his career. He also said players should not hesitate to speak out.
MLB pitcher Daniel Bard started season on IL due to anxiety issues
THE Colorado Rockies Daniel Bard was one of the actors to speak out on the issue of anxiety. The 37-year-old pitcher chose his health before the game when he decided to take some time off to deal with his personal issues.
By a recent ESPN In this article, Bard said it is important that more MLB players do the same:
“I think it’s just a matter of guys being willing to admit that they’re going through something right now or coming out and saying, ‘Yeah, I’ve been through this in the past and I’ve gotten over it and I ‘probably should have taken some ‘time off’.”
Bard was grateful to the Rockies organization for supporting him in his decision.
Last year, he signed a two-year, $19 million contract to stay with the club through the 2024 season. He had a good start to the year, allowing just one point in eight games since returning from the IL.
“The Rockies activated Daniel Bard after he was placed on the IL to start the season due to anxiety issues” – Talkin’ Baseball
MLB players should take inspiration from players like Bard and Hill coming forward. The message from both players was clear. Prioritize yourself and all areas of your health above all else.