The first thing most baseball players do when they receive an injury and surgery report from MLB is jump for excitement that professional baseball has taken notice of their skills. The second thing most baseball players ask – how should I respond to their inquiry?
What level of surgeries do you put in your Surgery Report for the MLB Draft?
Now, if you have never been injured or have had surgery, you no longer need to re-think the injury and surgery report for MLB. However, most people cannot say they have never been injured or have never had surgery. For example, if you had your wisdom teeth removed – this type of procedure qualifies as a surgery. Thus, the level of surgery is not necessarily important.
Are you required to fill out the MLB Injury and Surgery Report?
Whether you respond to an injury and surgery report for MLB is an individual choice that is not the same for everybody. Let acknowledge one thing – if you have never played baseball in exchange for money, you are not required to answer any question or concern from a professional baseball team. Even if you were drafted by a professional baseball team (whether MLB or not), contractually you have zero duty to answer or respond to an injury and surgery report from MLB unless it is a condition to your contract offer.
In other words, this above referenced duty changes if you enter into a contract. Signing a contract to perform a service (baseball) will likely require a medical report and examination. Many contracts impose this duty and expressly imply you are capable of performing at a specific level. With the right agent, these issues can be negotiated. But, you have likely not taken this step to date.
Assuming you have never signed a contract, MLB will convince you that an injury and surgery report from MLB is a necessity to be drafted. This is false. If you think the 2,200 players drafted every year by a MLB team all filled out their injury and surgery report from MLB – you would be wrong.
What if you fill out the Injury and Surgery Report supplied by MLB?
Alternatively, filling out the injury and surgery report from MLB is not necessarily a negative either. Think of the big picture and my reference to a baseball contract above. If you sign a baseball contract, the contract is going to include duties and responsibilities related to performance. Likely, the contract is going to include a clause that imposes a duty that suggests you are healthy at the time the contract was signed and you have been honest and forthright as to questions related to your health. Thus, the choice to fill out the medical report for MLB is a personal choice.
Why is there a MLB report for Injuries and Surgeries?
It is the opinion of Royal Sports Group that the injury and surgery report from MLB is designed to weed out players who are untruthful and or used by baseball teams to predetermine whether they should draft you in the first round or the thirtieth round. Obviously this can have a financial impact on your signing bonus. From a contractual perspective, your signing bonus can be negated if the contract you enter into implies a contractual duty related to the truthfulness of your health and medical history.
Should you limit the information you put in the Injuries and Surgery Report?
Yes, what you say and how you say it is extremely important. There are many reasons you want to limit the amount of information you supply to MLB such that you are drafted in an earlier round. On the other hand, it is very probable if you are presented with a contract – the contract will include conditions make specific reference to your medical history.
Despite this dilemma, your baseball career begins and ends with a team taking notice. Given the number of rounds associated with a baseball draft, it is easier to have an opportunity at a baseball contract after compelling the powers at be a past or current medical condition has nothing to do with the value you bring as a baseball player.
If you have questions related to an injury and surgery report from MLB, please contact baseball agent Jasper Berg at Royal Sports Group, LLC for help.