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Could Covid-19 Vaccinations Be Playing a Role in MLB's Current Wave of Injuries?


***I respectfully ask that the moderators of this site not delete this article over alleged violations of the Community Guidelines. After thoroughly reviewing the guidelines, it seems apparent to the author that none of the content below is political in nature. After all, Covid vaccinations were promoted both by the former (Republican) administration as well as the current (Democratic) administration, so this is not a partisan issue. Secondly, there is nothing below that can be construed as "misinformation" or "disinformation". The article plainly admits that many aspects of the topic are under debate by experts, and relevant citations - mostly to academic journals - are provided. No one is personally attacked or harassed in this article. Finally, this topic is plainly relevant to player health and the issue of this season's high rate of player injuries, for both members of the Houston Astros and of the other 29 MLB teams.

Another day, another Astros player headed to the Injured List. At present, the Astros have eight pitchers (Baez, Emanuel, James, McCullers, Pruitt, Taylor, Urquidy, Verlander) and two position players (Castro, Brantley) on the IL, in addition to having Yordan Alvarez and Yuli Gurriel sidelined on a day-to-day basis. All told, that is over 25% of players on the 40-man roster or resting on the 60-day IL who are considered by the club unfit for duty.

A study published in the American Journal of Orthopedics looked at MLB player injuries from 1998 to 2015 and identified a steady rise in injuries over that time period. The study counted a mean number of 464 Disabled List designations per season, costing MLB clubs on average over $400 million annually.

As one might expect, the introduction of Covid-19 into the equation changed the MLB injury landscape considerably. Dr. Brooks Platt and associates found that the incidence of injury in the 2020 season was almost double that of the 2018 season. While the 2021 season is still young, early reports are that player injuries are still alarmingly high.

Fans have identified many potential factors leading to the recent wave of MLB player injuries. An increased focus on spin rates and killer breaking balls may well be stressing pitchers' arms to a greater extent than before. Lack of player access to training facilities during the lockdowns might have left their bodies unprepared for the rigors of a 162-game season. Environmental factors and player nutrition could also be playing certain roles. Perhaps some of the injuries reported by clubs are "fake injuries" meant primarily to rest veteran players and give professional development opportunities to minor league call-ups.

This spring added another factor to consider - one that to many is a touchy subject best left out of sight and out of mind. Still, it's incumbent upon critically-thinking fans to look at all plausible reasons for the uptick in player injuries. Already, two Astros players (Lance McCullers and Myles Straw) have had their game affected due to complications from the Covid injections they received. Is it possible that Covid vaccine side effects will continue to affect players' performance as the season wears on? This was, after all, the first time in MLB history that the league high-pressured players into taking an experimental medication unapproved by the FDA.

Due to the injections they were urged to take near the end of spring training, many MLB players are now facing the unprecedented situation that their cells produce spike proteins, which are unnatural to the body. The stated purpose of these spike proteins is to get the body to produce antibodies which will neutralize SARS-CoV-2, a.k.a. the novel coronavirus or Covid-19. Unfortunately, these spike proteins also spread throughout the body and bind to the angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 ("ACE2") receptors of healthy cells, damaging various tissues and organs in the process.

The spike proteins produced in the body as a result of Covid vaccination are particularly known for damaging the interior lining (endothilial cells) of the arteries and veins, causing circulatory problems, clotting/thrombosis, and lack of oxygen to certain parts of the body. This greatly increases the chances of inflammation and swelling - something MLB players often deal with, and something that is often a precursor to more serious injury.

Many injection recipients, including guitarist Eric Clapton, have described numbness in the hands or difficulty moving one's fingers. It's pretty easy to see how such a condition would impact hitting, fielding, or pitching in the MLB.

Many men have reported testicular swelling/pain and reduced sperm count after getting the injections, which is no surprise because the spike proteins bind to the ACE2 receptors of the cells in the testicles. There are some grounds for suspecting long-term infertility could result in some of these men. Could pain in the nether regions and worries about his ability to have kids affects a player's on-field performance? Yes. Would he likely talk about it on camera? No. If a player hit the IL for testicular disease caused by the injections, would his team admit it? Don't think so.

The alveolar cells of the lungs are especially rich in ACE2, so lots of respiratory problems are being reported to VAERS (the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System) in the U.S. and the Yellow Card system in Great Britain. Breathing and oxygenation of the body's tissues are pretty fundamental to athletic performance, so any health complications in this area are likely to affect players' stat lines and, potentially, their ability to take the field.

The liver, kidneys, small intestine,pancreas, and heart are also highly vulnerable to damage by the spike protein. Should an MLB player suffer disease in these parts of the body due to the injections, it's likely to be described to fans as "fatigue", "gastrointestinal distress", and other generalities. But sports journalists probably won't ascribe the player's condition to "vaccine side effects".

Besides the more obviously physical problems, there are also mental effects of the shots that were taken in March/April. Many jabbed individuals have reported cognitive or neurological problems (often described as "mental fog"), and there is no reason to think that jabbed MLB players would be immune to these complications. The mRNA in the shots is encased in a special protein coating that can penetrate the blood-brain barrier and allow spike proteins to bind to brain tissue, attacking in particular the oligodendrocytes and the astrocytes in the brain. Many docs think this damage can eventually lead to Lou Gehrig's disease, Alzheimers, seizures, and other neurodegenerative conditions.

Could Dusty Baker literally be losing his mind as a result of the shots he took and the oxygen deprivation he has suffered through obsessive masking? It's a fair question, and many fans have in fact cast doubt on his in-game strategic decisions. In retrospect, perhaps he should have reflected more carefully upon the way his friend Hank Aaron died shortly after receiving 'the shot' before recommending to Astros players that they also receive these experimental injections which still have yet to be approved by the FDA.

Whereas the general rule prior to Covid was to terminate a vaccine experiment if the experimental medicine killed more than 50 human test subjects (a case in point being the 1976 swine flu vaccinations), through May 21 the CDC had received reports of more than 4800 fatalities due to Covid vaccination and yet the vaccination campaign continues unabated. Is it fair that MLB players were coerced into serving as test subjects in this highly unorthodox campaign, riddled with questionable medical ethics including possible violations of the Nuremberg Code? Baseball history books will have much to say on the subject.

A major question for MLB players at this stage is whether the tissue-damaging spike proteins will eventually be eliminated from the body, or whether they will continue to accumulate and cause greater damage as time goes on. As the shots are experimental, it's impossible to know the answer to that question at present. Many doctors think the worst of the injections' side effects will manifest six months to two years after getting jabbed. Conceivably, booster shots (if they are ever recommended to players) could play a role in how long spike proteins remain in the body.

Hypothetically speaking, how would long-term, widespread player injuries due largely to the injections affect MLB going forward? It could be that minor leaguers who refused vaccination will see their stock rise in value, as they will have avoided the ill effects of artificial spike proteins in their bodies. Should many of today's established, vaccinated players find their careers cut short by spike protein damage, younger players could find unexpected opportunities for career advancement.

Will there be legal and financial fallout from this spring's vaccination campaign? While the vaccine manufacturers themselves are shielded from liability over side effects in most cases, MLB and/or individual MLB clubs might be held responsible for failing to meet informed consent requirements. MLB.com writer Brian McTaggart reported on May 10 that Dr. Seema Shah of Houston Methodist played a major role in 'educating' the Astros players "on the pros and cons of the vaccine" and helped to "dispel some of the misinformation that might be out there." If it should turn out, however, that the team or its medical staff withheld essential information from players about potential Covid vaccine risks, players or their survivors could have grounds for legal action.

This article is not suggesting that every MLB injury is due to Covid vaccine injections -- far from it, in fact. However, as patient reports of severe side effects pour into the CDC and its analogues abroad each day, the injections can't be overlooked as one factor that is contributing to the large number of player injuries this season.