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    Did Wade Miley's Refusal to go Gluten-Free Spur Diamondbacks Trade?

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    Celiac.com 12/19/2014 - News that the Arizona Diamondbacks have traded starting pitcher Wade Miley to the Boston Redsox has been met with rumors that Miley’s trade was fueled, at least partly, by his refusal to adopt a gluten-free diet.

    Photo: Wikimedia Commons--SA 2.0So what’s the deal? Did gobbling gluten cost Wade Miley his job with the Diamondbacks?

    For his part, Miley, who was picked up by Boston last week, says he had butted heads this year with the Diamondbacks organization about not being gluten-free.

    "After a while, they left me alone," he said. "But it was always that elephant in the room."

    Without getting into specifics, Miley said that a gluten-free diet “might work for some people, but I didn't feel like it worked for me.”

    So, according to Miley, his refusal to go gluten-free was an issue. But, was it an issue that got him traded? Diamondbacks GM Dave Stewart says that Miley’s diet was “never once discussed” by the team in the run up to the trade.

    So, we may never know for sure just how much Miley’s refusal to give up gluten, or his attitudes about it, impacted his trade to Boston.

    What many may wonder is whether right-handers Rubby De La Rosa and Allen Webst, whom the Diamondbacks acquired in the trade, will be giving up their taste for those famously delicious toasted Boston-style subs when they come to Phoenix. Will they be going gluten-free?

    What do you think? Should a sports team be able to make its players eat a certain way? Is it healthier for athletes to eat gluten-free? 


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    There was nothing in the article that states he needs to be on a gluten-free diet. Why would someone go gluten-free without needing to? I did for my husband so I didn't have to cook more than one meal. I feel better eating gluten-free as I have auto immune issues.

    As a ball club if they are making their players eat gluten-free when there is no medical reason why, well it's stupid that's what it is. It should not even be required, people who can eat gluten, eat it, for those of us who have problems well we chose not too for our own reasons, our health.

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  • About Me

    Jefferson Adams is Celiac.com's senior writer and Digital Content Director. He earned his B.A. and M.F.A. at Arizona State University, and has authored more than 2,000 articles on celiac disease. His coursework includes studies in science, scientific methodology, biology, anatomy, medicine, logic, and advanced research. He previously served as SF Health News Examiner for Examiner.com, and devised health and medical content for Sharecare.com. Jefferson has spoken about celiac disease to the media, including an appearance on the KQED radio show Forum, and is the editor of the book "Cereal Killers" by Scott Adams and Ron Hoggan, Ed.D.

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