It should really be no secret now that there’s no magic pill or easy fix that’s going to help you throw like the next Nolan Ryan or hit like the next Barry Bonds… And in all honesty not everyone’s rotator cuff was blessed with the god-given potential to touch 90, or the combo of 20/10 vision and fast twitch muscle fibers to adjust to a tight slider and hit it 400+ feet. However, if you want to take your game to the next level and be the best player you can personally be you HAVE to buy into the fact that baseball is a game full of fast, violent, athletic movements.
This isn’t your grandfathers baseball anymore… We’re in a league where outfielders move like NFL Free Safeties and hitters produce enough rotational force to hit a round object into oblivion with a stick. New technology such as Statcast and high speed cameras allow us to track the physics of these movements and breakdown the science behind them… The conclusion we’ve come to… THESE GUYS ARE FREAK ATHLETES!
Lets take into account a specific example from Jackie Bradley Jr. against the Texas Rangers back in July… JBJ is in center… line drive is smoked off the bat… He has 3.4 seconds to cover 50 feet and make the catch… But lets take into account all the synapses that need to fire in the brain and all the decisions that need to be made in these 3.4 seconds:
- Initial Read On The Ball (Whats My First Step)
- Do I Lay Out Of Let It Fall And Play It Safe?
- If IDive And It Gets By Me Its a Triple Or Worse…
- After Your First Step… Whats The Most Efficient Way To Cover 50 Feet In 2 Seconds?
What I’m getting at is that these guys are elite athletes. The traits they have developed over time are skill specific to the trade of baseball. Elite levels of anticipation, reaction time, and physical skills are the deadly combo that these athletes need to train for in the off season.. not just taking lazy hacks off a tee or playing a sloppy game of catch with 0 intent. Which leads me to the point I’ve been aiming at.. It’s not going to be your 400lb bench, or your exact duplication of Jon Lesters Jaeger Band routine that’s gonna get you there.. it is going to be your ability to train your body to perform these athletic movements… Chances are if you can’t do a body weight lunge without your chest collapsing and your knee caving inward you’re not gonna be a 90 mph thrower or a powerful hitter.