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Jim Tracy is in the best shape of his life

Feb 8, 2011, 8:23 AM EDT

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Well, maybe of his managerial life. Because, it seems, that his collapse at the Winter Meetings that threw a scare into everyone wasn’t the first time that’s happened to him.  According to Jannie McCauley of the Associated Press, Tracy has been having issues with dizziness and fatigue for several years, and the fainting down in Florida was merely the capper to it all.  However, he’s feeling much better now:

After his December episode, Denver cardiologist Dr. Barry Molk decided to drastically decrease Tracy’s meds – and it turned out to be the right move. He has more energy than he has in some time. He no longer is on the diuretic.

“I’m doing better than I was doing physically at any point during the course of the 2010 season,” Tracy said in a phone interview. “I just didn’t need as much medicine. And I needed that little tap on the shoulder from upstairs that I needed to go in for a little tuneup.”

I think the scariest part of all of this are Tracy’s comments that he kept his health issues — including several previous fainting spells and high blood pressure — secret because he “didn’t want them to think I was losing my edge.” With the “them” clearly meaning his bosses in Los Angeles, Pittsburgh and Colorado. Which, on some level I understand. But man, we only get one life. If you have a job where attention to your health is a weakness, find something else to do.

Glad to hear that Tracy has changed his mind about all of that. Even more glad that he’s gotten on a program that helps him out and has him feeling better.  And while one’s health isn’t anyone else’s business,* I’m glad Tracy has gone public with this, because there’s no doubt others in and around baseball who are hiding their own health problems who may decide to take better care of themselves in light of Tracy’s example.

That is, unless you’ve been dead for 70 years and your family doesn’t object.

  1. paperlions - Feb 8, 2011 at 8:54 AM

    I think the scariest part is that doctors monitor patients on multiple medications so little after prescribing those medications that it takes regular fainting spells and dizziness for them to consider adjusting the medications.
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    It is lazy and inexcusable for the medical profession to ignore the fact the everyone metabolizes and responds to medications in a unique fashion (which is, of course, common knowledge) when prescribing dosages. Averages set a starting point, but the fundamental lack of monitoring individuals after prescribing medications has led to a lot of fatalities and a lot of unnecessary prescriptions.

  2. Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Feb 8, 2011 at 10:55 AM

    “But man, we only get one life.” Really? Not according to this: http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2011/02/14/110214fa_fact_wright

  3. BC - Feb 8, 2011 at 1:27 PM

    If you’re on significant meds (anything stronger than Advil or Aleve) you gotta get the tuneup. I have a friend who is on pretty strong asthma medication, she went on a diet and ended up having a heart episode because the dose became too strong. You just never know how medications will react if you gain or lose weight, or are under stress or whatever other millions of things that can come up.

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