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

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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? welcomes your comments below (registration is NOT required).

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Donna Lee Butler (celiac)
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22 Dec 2014 5:10:58 AM PDT
Nobody should be made to eat a certain way if they are not required to for health reasons. Gluten free is not a is a life necessity for a select group of people. Gluten free as a 'diet' is not safe for those who do not need it.

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28 Dec 2014 9:36:49 AM PDT
Right. All of these instances of society misunderstanding the gluten free diet just make things harder for those who truly have celiac disease, an allergy, or an intolerance. It is not a diet that makes people instantly thinner, happier, a better athlete, etc. It is a diet that some of us have to be on for medical reasons. I know some celiacs are very content with their diet and even call it easy. But there are those of us who really miss gluten some days. It is a restrictive, at times hard to cope with, diet. No one should be forced into it without valid reason!

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22 Dec 2014 6:32:27 AM PDT
That is really ridiculous. Who wants to go gluten free if they don't have to? I certainly would love to enjoy a great pizza or some real good crusty bread - if I only could. He is better off out of that organization - I thought this was America?

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22 Dec 2014 6:51:46 AM PDT
If he has been DNA testing and is positive, he is sure to have greater risk of developing and auto-immune disease in the future. These diseases radically effect your life and your ability to exercise and remain healthy. I tend to think he must not be refraining from gluten 100%. Otherwise, there is no reason to exempt the diet. Also, I can take up to one month or so, to even begin to see changes. And beyond that, it is vitally important to remove the gluten just for the inflammation that it causes.

Sally Ongaro

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22 Dec 2014 6:55:25 AM PDT
This article was interesting but left me with wanting to know more. Is the entire Diamond Back team required to eat gluten free. Who determines that requirement. Why is the team required to eat gluten free. When did the team go gluten free. How do the players feel about being required to eat gluten free. Fascinating. Would love to know more. Thanks.

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22 Dec 2014 7:26:44 AM PDT
What is the big deal going gluten free? With gluten free you can still eat everything, you just have to be aware of what brand and cross contamination. I've been gluten free since 2003. I can eat steak and lobster and drink Patron! That is not all bad.

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22 Dec 2014 7:45:29 AM PDT
This is the weirdest story ever about gluten-free. And NO, a team shouldn't be able to control someone's diet to this degree!!

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22 Dec 2014 10:37:50 AM PDT
It is not clear here...did the management declare that all team members were to eat GF ... or was there a reason that Miley was supposed to? If it is team wide, they are nuts... the team will get fat on the GF breads, etc. What is the rational here?

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22 Dec 2014 2:27:36 PM PDT
The 'nanny state' is taking over our lives!! I can see them being against smoking/drinking excessively for athletes but going GF even without Celiac disease??!! Give me a break!!

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22 Dec 2014 4:47:19 PM PDT
Has Mr. Miley been diagnosed with celiac disease? If not, *why* would he be expected/required to go GF? I sure as heck wouldn't be GF if it weren't for CD!

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22 Dec 2014 6:32:59 PM PDT
No they should not be forced to eat a gluten free diet if they don't have a problem with gluten. It is their choice to eat gluten free and not because it is forced on them. There are people that do go gluten free because it hurts them. As some one that does have problems with gluten I do not feel that they should be forced to eat the way I have to eat.

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23 Dec 2014 9:40:12 AM PDT
Was there a medical reason for him to go gluten free? That wasn't broached in the article.

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15 Jan 2015 6:04:57 PM PDT
There was nothing in the article that states he needs to be on a GF diet. Why would someone go GF without needing to? I did for my husband so I didn't have to cook more than one meal. I feel better eating GF as I have auto immune issues.
As a ball club if they are making their players eat GF 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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