Adam Duvall's goal: Overcome Type 1 diabetes, one day at a time
CINCINNATI -- Only 13 players in the major leagues this season have hit more home runs than Adam Duvall's 28. His .522 slugging percentage ranks in the top 30.
Duvall, 27, has square shoulders, a square jaw and thick arms, and he weighs about 225 pounds. He stands 6-foot-1 but looks taller in the on-deck circle. Of the five traditional tools in baseball, Duvall's meal ticket is power. It has earned him a coveted everyday job on the Cincinnati Reds, batting behind Joey Votto.
Duvall's power prompted the league to select him for the Home Run Derby in San Diego. There, he helped put on an entertaining show, filling the outfield stands with baseballs, along with Giancarlo Stanton and the game's other notable sluggers.
Yet it was a lack of strength that alerted Duvall to a serious illness four years ago. Gone untreated, it could have put him in a coma or even taken his life. The Reds' left fielder has Type 1 diabetes. Every time he steps on a major league field, he has a quarter-sized glucose meter stuck somewhere on his body. He moves it every six days to find fresh insertion sites. Another needle inserted in his skin is connected to an insulin pump that he stashes in his back pocket. The tiny computer, protected by the same plastic that makes up bicycle helmets, is battered from a couple of years of sliding on it. The devices are connected via Bluetooth technology.
They are his lifelines.
A Type 1 diabetic has an immune system that attacks certain cells in the pancreas, and as a result, the pancreas no longer produces insulin, the hormone that controls blood glucose levels. If Continue reading