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Former Rockies reliever Taylor Buchholz battles his depression

It was three year ago today that Rockies reliever Taylor Buchholz saw his baseball world come undone. He arrived in Tucson projected as one of the best set-up men in baseball. But in his lone spring training appearance, he felt something funny in his right elbow. “I felt it grab when I was throwing a curveball,” he said. “I have never felt that before.” Karl Gehring, The...
Via All Things Rockies
February 26, 2012  |  Discuss

Stress And Anxiety In Baseball

Baseball is a team sport. Between the foul lines, however, the outcome of the game is inextricably composed of multiple individual performances, and in today’s hyper-analytical and overly-critical society that places each individual performance under a microscope, stress amongst baseball players has — by all accounts — risen to never-before-seen levels. For some players, that...
Via Fangraphs
January 31, 2012  |  Discuss

Taylor Buchholz to sit out 2012

Relief pitcher Taylor Buchholz plans to skip the 2012 baseball season, his agent, David Pasti tells (as reported by Adam Rubin). The New York Mets granted him free agency after the 2011 season.  Buchholz and the Mets announced last summer that the pitcher was dealing with emotional issues. “If he signs with anyone, it would be with the Mets,” Pasti said. “The...
Via PRO Rumors
January 30, 2012  |  Discuss

Mets Notes: Bucholz To Skip 2012, Ankiel Still On Mets Radar, Oberkfell To Bears

Reliever Taylor Buchholz, who has dealt with anxiety and depression issues throughout his career, plans to skip the 2012 season, agent David Pasti told ESPN New York. Buchholz signed with Mets last offseason and went on the DL on June 2 with what was announced as shoulder fatigue. But a month later both Buchholz and the Mets jointly announced that he was dealing with the emotional...
Via Mets Merized Online
January 30, 2012  |  Discuss

Taylor Buchholz is a free agent

According, Taylor Buchholz has declared free agency, and will seek out opportunities with another organization. In 23 games last season, Buchholz was 1-1 with a 3.12 ERA and 26 strikeouts in 26 innings pitched. He went on the disabled list on May 29 with tendinitis in his shoulder. He was then diagnosed with depression on July 1 and missed the remainder of the season. Recently...
Via Matthew Cerrone's Mets Blog
November 17, 2011  |  Discuss

Buccholz Clears Waivers

According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, Mets reliever Taylor Buchholz, who missed most of the 2011 season dealing with depression and anxiety, cleared waivers on Monday afternoon and “is expected to join Nick Evans and Jason Pridie in declaring free agency.” Buchholz appeared in 23 games for the Mets this season, boasting a respectable 3.12 earned run average with 26 strikeouts...
Via MetsZilla
November 15, 2011  |  Discuss

Buchholz, Evans and Pridie to become FA...

Photo by Michael BaronTaylor Buchholz will join Nick Evans and Jason Pridie as free agents as they clear waivers.  Any of them could return, probably if they're willing to accept minor league deals.  While exploring the market makes sense, all three of them could make the team if they decide to return.  Reliever Taylor Buchholz cleared waivers and is expected to join Nick...
Via Mets Fever
November 14, 2011  |  Discuss

Buchholz, Evans, Pridie expected to declare free agency

“Reliever Taylor Buchholz cleared waivers and is expected to join Nick Evans and Jason Pridie, who were outrighted last week, in declaring free agency,” writes Adam Rubin of ESPN New York. However, according to Rubin, Alderson said it doesn’t necessarily mean those three players won’t re-sign with the organization.
Via Matthew Cerrone's Mets Blog
November 14, 2011  |  Discuss

Minor Moves: Taylor Buchholz

The latest minor moves... Taylor Buchholz cleared waivers, according to Adam Rubin of (on Twitter). Though he still appears on the team's official roster, it appears that the Mets outrighted him off of it. He would have earned roughly $1.2MM in 2012 had the Mets retained him through arbitration. GM Sandy Alderson isn't sure if anxiety and depression will prevent...
Via MLB Trade Rumors
November 14, 2011  |  Discuss

More on Buchholz and the Mets

Photo by Michael BaronI found it interesting that the Mets activated Taylor Buchholz from the 60 day disabled list.  After losing almost the entire season to depression the team could have easily justified out-righting him and hoping to resign  on a minor league deal or even moving on altogether.  The 29 y/o right hander will cost the team under 1M to keep and maybe showing him...
Via Mets Fever
October 26, 2011  |  Discuss
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