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Jul 18, 2011, 9:42 AM EDT

Residents

An interesting story in the New York times leads with Mark Kotsay losing a fly ball in the sun to explain something most of us probably hadn’t thought to much about:

As one of the roughly 16 percent of Americans with light-colored eyes (Kotsay’s are a soft blue), he is more affected by glare, experts say. And while acknowledgment of the issue varies from team to team and player to player, doctors say light-eyed athletes who frequently participate in day games — particularly baseball players — face increased obstacles, and even future health risks, as they repeatedly battle the sun.

So I guess outfielders with pigment in their macula are the new inefficiency.

  1. yankeesfanlen - Jul 18, 2011 at 9:47 AM

    Even Bonnie Tyler will tell you every now and then you fall apart.

  2. Jonny 5 - Jul 18, 2011 at 9:50 AM

    No on knows what it’s like

    To be the bad man

    To be the sad man

    Behind blue eyes

  3. CJ - Jul 18, 2011 at 9:50 AM

    Josh Hamilton mentioned this earlier in the season to explain his drastic day-night splits. IIRC, people pretty much laughed him off after that, but maybe there is some science supporting it. Weird

    • mss16 - Jul 18, 2011 at 10:28 AM

      It’s not supported by numbers however.

      http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/index.php/blue-eyed-players-hit-just-fine-in-day-light/

  4. Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Jul 18, 2011 at 9:54 AM

    What if you have the eye of the tiger?

  5. sportsdrenched - Jul 18, 2011 at 9:59 AM

    Sounds like Josh Hamilton and Mark Kotsay need a total eclipse during their day games.

    • koufaxmitzvah - Jul 18, 2011 at 10:29 AM

      Hopefully you’re not suggesting a total eclipse of the heart.

      • Utley's Hair - Jul 18, 2011 at 10:43 AM

        Wow…it must be 80s pop day here at HBT.

      • yankeesfanlen - Jul 18, 2011 at 10:51 AM

        Betty from Brooklyn just called in for “Material Girl”, and Frank from Massapequa wants to hear “Southern Cross”.
        As Craig would say, rip off that dial. (No, that’s the GPS, stupid, now you’ll miss the exit for Utopia Parkway)

      • Utley's Hair - Jul 18, 2011 at 11:24 AM

        Keep your feet on the ground, and keep reaching for the stars!!

  6. yankeesfanlen - Jul 18, 2011 at 10:53 AM

    SHUT UP, EVERYBODY!!!!!! This is SUPPOSED to be a serious article from the New York Times!

    • Utley's Hair - Jul 18, 2011 at 11:25 AM

      Killjoy…maybe Rupert will start hacking your phone. Oh…that’s WSJ or the Post….

      • yankeesfanlen - Jul 18, 2011 at 11:44 AM

        Oh, okay.

  7. APBA Guy - Jul 18, 2011 at 11:51 AM

    Fabulous comments. Laughing at all of them.

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