Fans likely roll their eyes when they hear about the official this or the official that of the Boston Red Sox. But after last year’s miserable, flu-ravaged start to the season, it’s no surprise the team was keen to avoid a repeat.
At one point early in the 2017 campaign, Mookie Betts, Brock Holt, Joe Kelly, Mitch Moreland, Hanley Ramírez, Robbie Ross and some assorted members of the coaching staff were all suffering effects of the flu, which quickly moved from person to person in the close confines of the clubhouse.
This spring, amidst a very tough US flu season, the Dodgers had fatigue, chills, fever, and other flu-like symptoms sweep through their workout facilities. Manager Dave Roberts said he’d sent home 25 players from camp to nurse their way back to health.
Red Sox Sickest Team In Baseball
The flu made it a rough start to the season for the Sox in 2017, but it turned out the issue was not an isolated one.
According to a study by Surgically Clean Air, Inc. that was reported in the Boston Globe, even before the start of the 2017 season, Boston already led the majors in days missed by sickness since 2011 with 85. That equates to a cost of more than $3.9 million, or about $45,882 per game lost because of sickness. Those aren’t numbers ownership could just ignore.
This week the Red Sox announced a partnership with Clorox to introduce that company’s Total 360® System to the club’s existing protocols. Clubhouse staff say that they can now spray down the facilities with a sanitizing solution far more efficiently than using their previous methods. “What used to take our team hours now only takes them minutes,” said Jon Lister, Fenway’s senior director of facilities management.
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