But those numbers are dwarfed by the 2017 salary of Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw, who will make a jaw-dropping $33 million in 2017. Kershaw may top the salary charts, but he's not unique, as the second-highest-paid MLB player, Zack Greinke of the Arizona Diamondbacks, makes $31.8 million.
With players earning that much and the median MLB payroll about $150 million (The LA Dodgers lead that pack in player salaries at $242 million), team owners want to protect their investments. Keeping their well-paid star players healthy, on the field, and performing optimally is even more paramount because MLB salaries are fully guaranteed. That means players like Kershaw will get paid even if they injure themselves on Opening Day and never pitch again – a sharp contrast to non-guaranteed contracts in the NFL.
Furthermore, the baseball season is an excruciating grind as opposed to an all-out sprint, with 162 games just in the regular season, not to mention spring training starting in February and the playoffs and World Series concluding in early November.
So it’s no surprise that Major League Baseball now embraces chiropractic as a way to treat players, keeping them on the field, fresh, and playing up to their potential. In fact, 28 of MLB’s 30 teams now utilize chiropractic services.
Not only do they treat players during home games, but with DCs play a pivotal role in preparing players during spring training, consulting and often traveling along for road games, and being an integral part of every athlete’s training and injury-prevention plan.
The prevalence and importance of chiropractic treatment for baseball players was also just brought to national attention in two different instances, which couldn’t have been more different.
The article went on to document the injury woes of the fragile Met’s first, second, third baseman and shortstop, as well as “bum” backs, necks, knees and other maladies all over the diamond. The article goes on to explain how chiropractic is the save-all for these players, and therefore, perhaps the Mets whole season.
With all of the (selective) negative press about chiropractic, this article is refreshingly accurate, and couldn’t sing the praises about what we do in a bigger forum – America’s game in New York’s newspaper.
2. The second example of the importance of DCs in major baseball is more a cautionary tale. One of the only two franchises without a formal chiropractic care program, the Philadelphia Phillies (the other is the Pittsburgh Pirates).
Recently, one of their starting pitchers, Daniel Strumpf, was suspended 80 games by the league after testing positive for dehydrochlormethyltestosterone, a performance enhancing drug. While MLB contracts are guaranteed even through injury, a serious financial blow to the 25-year old Strumpf who only makes about $500,000 each year.
Of course, we know that PEDs have been the bane of the league's existence, with a huge scandal that's dogged mega stars like Sammy Sosa, Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire, Ryan Braun, Manny Ramirez, Alex Rodriguez and hundreds of others for more than half-a-decade now.
We can only assume that Strumpf turned to PEDs either to rehabilitate from an injury, improve his performance, or both. Not so coincidentally, chiropractic care will achieve both of those things.
In fact, chiropractic adjustments help baseball players achieve:
- Increased range of motion
- Decreased muscle soreness from intense workouts
- Increased flexibility and performance
- Natural pain relief for joint pain
The benefits of chiropractic are not lost on players from the other 28 teams, who do have DCs on staff.
However, Strumpf and his Phillies may have a job opening for a team chiropractor very soon!
Make sure to share this New York Times article – and facts about the benefits of chiropractic of baseball players and all athletes – with your patients and audience!