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The Most Heartbreaking Yet Delusional Thinking Behind A Baseball Player’s Release

You may have heard in the past couple of days that the Milwaukee Brewers have released pitcher Scott Schoeneweis. Schoeneweis is an 11-year MLB vet whom I vividly remember from his days with the Anaheim Angels. He never worked out as a starter but has stuck around as a decent lefty reliever.

But he feels jilted by the Brewers, saying on Tuesday that the team never gave him a chance to officially make it on board and that he doesn’t feel like he has to prove himself to any team, among other things. But in his departing shot, Schoeneweis delivered one of the strangest yet most concerning reasons as to why he was released.

“It’s just ironic that I can’t get a job because my wife died.”

Oh. My. I don’t know if I can understand the full gravity of such a statement.

Now, I pride myself in being a person filled with empathy. That’s hard to do in this line of work where you often have to talk about how someone ‘choked’ or question a player’s mental capacity after a bone-headed decision that cost his team a game, but it’s hardly realized how the failed player probably just wants to disappear.

I find it hard to give empathy to people who have an inflated sense of self-value or say stupid things (Schoeneweis did have a 7.71 spring ERA. There is cause for why the Brewers cut him). You could say Schoeneweis fell into both categories during his Tuesday interview, but you have to feel for him, even if you can’t truly empathize with what he is going through. His wife of 10 years died in May from an overdose of cocaine and lidocaine. He’s left to raise four kids, three of whom are less than 9. He spent three weeks on the bereavement list after his wife’s death and was treated for depression later in the season.

But quite understandably, it’s clear that this is something he has not found a way to entirely cope with. Just by reading that stunning statement, you can tell that it’s a bit tongue-in-cheek, but also has some belief in it. If Schoeneweis truly thinks that he isn’t on a major league club right now because of this dreadful personal tragedy, the best move for him would not include a comeback to baseball. He needs a lot of help right now. A statement like that is not healthy and he needs to do what is best for his children. Schoeneweis is right — he has nothing left to prove in the majors. So he should step aside for good and really concentrate on how to make his life with his four kids as good as possible.

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