Jim Eisenreich was drafted into Major League Baseball in 1982 and played his Rookie season for the Minnesota Twins. Eisenreich suffered from uncontrollable tics and twitches, common symptoms of a then-misunderstood Tourette’s Syndrome. Although well-known for his Tourette’s Syndrome, he was also on the Autism Spectrum with his later diagnosis of Asperger’s. Eisenreich withdrew from MLB in 1984 due to his uncontrollable tics, and sought the help of medical professionals. After medication to control his tics, he returned to the MLB in 1986, playing for the Kansas City Royals. He received the Royals Player of the Year award in 1989. He also received the Tony Conigliaro Award in 1990, which annually recognizes one MLB player who has overcome a significant obstacle. During his 15 year career in the MLB, he played for the Twins, Royals, Philadelphia Phillies, Florida Marlins, and Los Angeles Dodgers. In 1996, he founded the Jim Eisenreich Foundation for Children with Tourette’s Syndrome.
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