A sad example of the law of diminishing returns

Jeff Bagwell is headed to the DL, possibly for good. This part of the article is quite depressing:

Bagwell has dealt with the arthritic shoulder since 2001 and says the team never raised the issue until now. He batted no lower than .266 in the four years prior to 2005, when he missed 115 games following shoulder surgery. He has said he likely will need shoulder replacement surgery when his career is over.

I know all about the love of the game…but when it comes to something as drastic as a shoulder replacement, one must wonder when the cost is far higher than the returns. It’ll be sad to see Bagwell retire, as he’s been a model citizen for the game, but it will most definitely be for the best – his health and ability to function in everyday life.