If there is any good to come out of Jovan Belcher's murder-suicide last week, it's this. Major League Baseball is using the case as a study in how to prevent similar tragedies. The league wants to be able to head these types of things off, and they want to take a more prominent role in making sure players are healthy both physically and mentally.
According to ESPN's Chris Mortensen, Major League Baseball is gathering information from the Belcher murder-suicide to build behavioral profiles. These profiles, the league hopes, will help prevent players from taking their own lives or taking the lives of others. The plan is to provide assistance to at-risk players, and to intervene when necessary.
Last week, Belcher killed his girlfriend and then took his own life at the Chiefs' facility. He and his girlfriend, Kasandra Perkins had a three-month old child together. That child is now an orphan after senseless violence.
The move is a smart one for baseball. Whether it will actually prevent anything remains to be seen, but it's a step in the right direction. These are the types of thing professional sports leagues need to be more active in. They need to treat players like people and not like property. Baseball has not been the most innovative of leagues, so this move is certainly a surprising one.