Long ago, a Greek soldier named Pheidippides ran into Athens shouting "Nike!" (if that's Greek to you: "Victory!") Then he collapsed from exhaustion.Pheidippides' dash had originated at a battle site in the faraway town of Marathon. So now you know where the name of the classic race of endurance comes from. That should also tell you why a baseball season is often referred to as a marathon. There are guys falling all over the place. How many? Through Sunday, the 30 Major League clubs had used the disabled list a combined total of 374 times -- just about half of the total pool of 750 active players at any one time -- although not all disablements impacted the 25-man roster and several players have made repeat trips to the DL. The disabled players had missed an aggregate of 13,856 games. To better understand that staggering number, bear in mind that, say, three Boston Red Sox players being disabled at the same time for the same 30 games computes to 90 missed player games. At any rate, it is understandable why managers are always conceding that "injuries are part of the game." A huge part, one which places a premium on both creatively responsive general managers, and more importantly, deep farm systems.
|The standings, as of Aug. 8, according to the aggregate totals of games missed by each team's disabled players.|
|Games||On DL||Key loss (games)|
|Red Sox||672||18||Ellsbury (95)|
|Blue Jays||551||12||*McGowen (111)|
|White Sox||115||4||*Peavy (30)|
|* = still on DL|