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Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Baseball's ADHD epidemic


A bit of shocking news from Major League Baseball:


Like I said, shocking.

Oh, wait. What's the opposite of shocking? Because that's what I meant.

In 2009, exactly 1,156 players played in at least one major league game. So slightly more than nine percent of all major leaguers were granted the "therapeutic use" exemption.

Is that a lot? Well, it's hard to say, because ADHD might be under- or over-diagnosed, depending on who you talk to. This source will say only that ADHD occurs in "3-10% of the general population," which just happens to give MLB (and the MLBPA) just the wiggle room they need to avoid a Congressional inquiry.