Braves' Center Fielder Nate McLouth had Vision Problems

From the first day of pitchers and catcher reporting to Braves spring training camp, we get some interesting twitter updates from the beat writers, especially surrounding the vision of Nate McLouth:

Nate McLouth says he wasn't able to see catcher clearly from CF late last season but didn't want to go to eye doctor in middle of a season.

The Braves CF went to eye doctor after season and was fitted for contacts, said there's noticeable difference, particularly seeing at night.

N. McLouth said he's encouraged improvements realized since he got contacts. Realizes his vision started to change midway through '09 season

(Sourced here, here, and here.)

May I suggest to the Braves front office that they conduct monthly vision tests during the season. As someone who wears glasses, I must admit that when I first started losing my 20-20 vision I was reluctant to admit it. And it wasn't until a routine screening in school that the problem was brought to the attention of someone other than me. Having gone through vision loss I can forgive McLouth for not wanting there to be a problem, but kudos to him for finally realizing there was an issue and doing something about it.

Eyesight regression is not the end of the world, and if Brian McCann was any example last season, once the vision is corrected the resulting increase in production is noticeable. Now I really expect some big things from McLouth this year.

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