Coffee As Energizer of Baseball Players?

August 12, 2018 Batlling_leadoff 0

Are you a baseball player? Or, do you have a friend or family member who plays baseball well? Allow me to recommend this simple energizer for baseball players that won’t cost at all. It’s coffee!

Except if coffee is an allergy to you, I strongly recommend it to you, if you are a baseball player, or perhaps, you could do the same for a friend/relative. Over the years, many that belong to the working class population, amongst other categories of people, have found much satisfaction in coffee consumption: they take it before arrival at their workplace, while at work, while on break (at lunch time), or even after closing hour. However, sportsmen (or women) do not often take it, for reasons best known to them, perhaps, because they do not see coffee as a strong, quick-action, non-harmful energizer, appropriate to improve athletic performance on pitch/field. You need to know that caffeine in coffee is the main ingredient that causes the overall energy-drive and energy-boost effect.


Just like other athletes, baseball game requires much energy input, to navigate, hit, pass or play the base-ball amongst players. Often times, it is obvious that energy is drastically drained and either a re-fill alternative is required or more-than-sufficient energy is, in the first place.

Although, taking coffee on the field of play may not be allowed, however, when in recess or before the start of the game, a calculated amount of coffee in the body system can do some energy wonders unimagined.

Coffee contains caffeine, which is a stimulant, that aids body-mass regulation (such as weight loss), boost metabolic processes or suppress hunger. More so, it stimulates faster reasoning capacity, as well as it is loaded with antioxidants and nutrients. In essence, more importantly, as a baseball player, you do need muscles (not fat), hyperactive brain activity and stimulating effects, with sufficient energy, for improved performance in the field of play. This is all packaged in a cup or two, of coffee that you take in! More so, coffee can when endurance level as an athlete is required, to pull through on the pitch. It is also awesome to consume as a pre-workout drink, to burn fat (or say using the stored up fat as fuel/energy when needed) and suppress appetite.


Listed below are some major benefits played by coffee consumption and relevant in improving athletic performance and here’s how we decided on taking it regularly, for the sake of the following:
– Improves ability to burn body fat
– Causes drastic energy build-up in the body system
– Improves endurance level
– Resists or suppresses fatigue
– Suppresses appetite
– Boosts metabolic activity (instead of glucose or energy being stored up)
– Reduces fatigue
– Improves focus and/or concentration on work-outs or activities (since there is improved brain function like in the memory and reasoning areas of the brain)
– Suppresses Muscle pain (especially pains that are exercise-induced)
– Helps in fighting diseases and illnesses (as it produces/ contains some antioxidants and nutrients)

These, amongst several others, are the health and performance benefits coffee consumption can add to the life of an athlete. You might want to make your wise choice too by joining the B baseball coffee-consuming players. What a name to bear!


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The trade that arguably has drawn the most discussion over the past several years was the August 2012 blockbuster deal between the Boston Red Sox and the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Dodgers, coming off their nasty Frank McCourt years, were now owned by Guggenheim Partners, a financial services firm with deep pockets, who purchased the team for $1.25 billion. The hungry new ownership group was looking to rebuild quickly and seemed willing to spend any amount necessary to do so. They found a very willing partner in the Boston Red Sox.

The Red Sox had a lot of success in the mid-to late 2000s, with two World Series titles and had a slew of young players in their farm system poised to complement (or replace) their current veteran talent. However, after their 2007 World Series, the Red Sox seemed to lose their way a bit. Perennial AL East bottom feeder Tampa Bay Rays had built a young competitive team that surprised everyone by winning the AL crown in 2008. In 2009, after their first playoff miss in 13 years, the Yankees rejuvenated themselves in the free agent market and eventually won the World Series. The division the Red Sox felt they had a firm grasp had slipped away. A disappointing 3rd place finish in 2010 was the final straw for the organization; something had to be done quickly in order to catch up to their division foes.

In response to missing the playoffs, Boston did what no Red Sox fan likes to admit: they became like the Yankees. In the winter of 2010-2011, the Red Sox made big splashes in the offseason free agent and trade markets. The biggest of these splashes was the trade for Adrian Gonzalez, who they eventually signed to a 7 year $154 million contract extension. Another splash was the free agent signing of speedster Carl Crawford, whose contract was for 7 years and $142 million. With Gonzalez and Crawford added to the likes of Ortiz, Pedroia, Youkilis, Ellsbury, and Lester, led many “experts” to declare the Red Sox as the favorite to win the World Series in 2011 — their third championship of the 21st century.

That third championship did not materialize, however, at least not in 2011, as many of the big name players failed to live up to expectation, and injuries decimating the roster. Adrian Gonzalez raked as expected, to the tune of .338/.410/.548, however, much of his power mysteriously seemed to disappear after his Home Run Derby appearance in July and it never fully came back. Carl Crawford struggled the entire season, hitting .255/.289/.405 with 104 strike outs against 23 walks and only 18 stolen bases (a decrease of 29 from the 2010 season). The clubhouse atmosphere, which had just a few years earlier been considered a strength of the team, was becoming a problem. Despite the underperformance of many key players, the rash of injuries and the unstable clubhouse, on September 3rd the Red Sox still held a 9 game lead on the Rays in the race for the Wild Card. But the playoffs were not to be as the Red Sox lost 18 of their final 24 games, including a 9th inning loss to the Orioles on the last day of the regular season, to lose the Wild Card race to the Rays. The Red Sox 2011 season is considered one of the biggest collapses in baseball history, especially given the expectations entering the season, and the amount of talent on the team.

After the collapse, Terry Francona stepped down as manager and the Red Sox turned to Bobby Valentine to corral the clubhouse. It was a disaster from the beginning. The Red Sox struggled out of the gate, and never seemed to recover. Gonzalez’s power still hadn’t returned, Carl Crawford got injured again, and reports surfaced that the clubhouse was absolutely toxic. Something had to be done; The Red Sox were having their worst season since 1960 and they still had to eat five more years of an already disappointing Carl Crawford and a diminishing Adrian Gonzalez. Miraculously, the Los Angeles Dodgers presented the Red Sox with an opportunity to wipe the slate clean.

As noted at the outset of this article, the Dodgers had new ownership with deep pockets, were anxious to rebuild in a hurry, and seemed willing to spend whatever amount necessary to accomplish this goal. They approached the Red Sox about Adrian Gonzalez, a California native who they felt would be a perfect fit for their ball club. From there the components of the trade grew, and ended up including the following:

Dodgers Received

  • Adrian Gonzalez
  • Carl Crawford
  • Josh Beckett
  • Nick Punto
  • $12 million dollars

Red Sox Received

  • Rubby De La Rosa
  • James Loney
  • Jerry Sands
  • Allen Webster

As a whole, this deal was a big salary dump for the Red Sox. Over $250 million of salary was shed by the Sox, and in total they saved perhaps $275 million when you consider future luxury taxes. After 2012, the Red Sox let James Loney and Jerry Sands go. This combination of moves gave the Red Sox the money and flexibility to sign players like Jonny Gomes, Mike Napoli, Shane Victorino, and David Ross who helped fuel a revival in the clubhouse and played key parts in their 2013 World Series victory. Besides the World Series victory, the Red Sox have used the last two pieces of the trade in Rubby De La Rosa and Allen Webster to make a trade with the Arizona Diamondbacks for starting pitcher Wade Miley. Although the Red Sox now have no players from the 2012 mega-deal, it has definitely been seen as a successful deal for them.

Although the Red Sox seemed to have won the deal, the Dodgers certainly didn’t lose. In two full seasons since the trade, the Dodgers have been one of the best teams in the National League, winning the NL West crown for two consecutive years and reaching one NLCS. Although they have not achieved the ultimate goal yet, the Dodgers have a better shot than arguably any team to win the NL Pennant and World Series. This 2012 trade was the first step that really got the ball rolling in LA. Josh Beckett may have retired and Nick Punto may have left town, but Gonzalez and Crawford have been much more successful in their third MLB home than their second. This trade is one of those rare instances where a deal was quite even for both sides in the end.


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Clearly, the Toronto Blue Jays can hit. Their hitters possess a cumulative .263/.333/.450 batting line for a 116 wRC+, the best mark in the major leagues by a comfortable margin. Jose BautistaEdwin Encarnacion and the rest of the crew have hit 76 home runs, which is seven more than the next closest team, the Colorado rockies” >Rockies. In the month of May the Jays have clubbed 44 home runs and produced a 129 wRC+. Consequently, the team has gone 20-7 in May, leaving them at 32-22, and first place in the American League East. Steamer gives them a 55 percent chance of winning the division and a 71 percent chance at making the playoffs. With two-thirds of the season left, the Jays are in the driver’s seat.

While the Blue Jays have baseball’s best offense, their pitching staff leaves a lot to be desired. As of now, their starters have posted a respectable 3.97 FIP and 4.3 fWAR, which puts them in 13th in the major leagues. However, most of this is based on a 7.7 percent HR/FB ratio, which should regress significantly. Their staff has a 111 xFIP-, the third worst mark in the major leagues.

Veteran Mark Buehrle boasts a 2.33 ERA despite strikeout and walk rates that are both worse than his career average. The left-hander is about as dependable as they come, but an 8.0 K-BB rate and a 6.1 percent swinging strike rate don’t make an elite pitcher, and going forward, his ERA will likely be in the high 3 or 4 range. A

After suffering through a dinger-prone 2013 season, R.A. Dickey has kept the ball in the park. But, his strikeout and walk rates are on the decline for the third year in a row. As a knuckleballer, Dickey gets more weak contact than most pitchers and he even makes the pitchers that follow him better. He’s more of an average pitcher than a top of the rotation guy.

Drew Hutchison has been solid after missing part of 2012 and most of 2013 due to Tommy John surgery. His last two outings haven’t been pretty, but overall he’s done a fine job. It’s unlikely he can make it out there 20 more times this year given his previous injury history and the fact that he’s never thrown more than 149.1 innings in a season, but he’s already matched his preseason Steamer projection.

Besides those three, who have been roughly average, the Blue Jays rotation is an amalgamation of injury-prone hurlers and washed-out arms. Dustin McGowan can light up the radar gun, but he hasn’t made 20 starts since 2007. After failing to post a single game xFIP below 4.32 in any of his eight starts, the Jays have moved him to the bullpen. He has strikeout and walk rates of 13.8 percent and 8.9 percent, respectively.

Brandon Morrow is intriguing when he’s healthy, which is to say once every blue moon. It’s hard to remember but he had the highest strikeout rate of any pitcher in baseball that had thrown at least 325 innings between 2010 and 2011. His six starts before hitting the DL this year showcased his usual plus fastball velocity and strikeout stuff but also a 13.8 percent walk rate.

J.A. Happ has transitioned back into the Jays rotation because there is nobody else. The left-hander has done his usual thing which is to combine mediocre stuff with subpar command. As his career FIP- and xFIP- indicate, he’s an emergency stopgap rather than a guy you want to rely on. Liam Hendriks has a 2.31 ERA in his two starts this year, but that comes with an xFIP of 4.96 and an FIP that is even higher. This is the same pitcher that has a 5.80 ERA in 30 career starts.

Looking within the system, Marcus Stroman got battered around in his five relief appearances, but has had his way with AAA hitters. It’s a safe bet that he will return to the big league club at some point, and next time it might be in a starting capacity. The other top pitching prospect in the Blue Jays system, Aaron Sanchez, has struggled mightily with his control, walking 16 percent of hitters. His walk rate of 12.8 percent across five minor league seasons is a clear indicator that he’s not ready for the Show yet. Kyle Drabek and Sean Nolin might be called up, but neither are very inspiring options.

Since Baseball Info Solutions began making batted ball data publicly available, the 2011 Arizona Diamondbacks rotation has the highest xFIP- of any playoff team at 107. No team has made the playoffs with a starting rotation that posted an xFIP- that ranked 26th or worse. The Jays could very well change that thanks to their powerful offense. However, expect them to be looking for rotation upgrades, which could come in the form of Chicago Cubs pitchers Jeff Samardzija or Jason Hammel. For a team that hasn’t tasted the postseason in 20 years, a slight overpay might be understandable.

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Best Workouts for Baseball Players

June 30, 2018 Batlling_leadoff 0




A great baseball player has 4 tools in the arsenal: powerful hit, elite speed, arm strength, and nimble ability. There are not too many people who possess all 5 tools, but when this happens, it is undoubtedly special. Fortunately, these skills are attainable for everyone on the condition that they have the right training and workout session to improve their natural ability. With that in mind, here are top 7 common exercises that would improve your performance on the field.

1. Prone planks
Planks are a great exercise for every baseball player since it helps build a strong core, enhance stability, keep the balance and increase the overall strength of your body. In addition, planks would support the hips and back, which allows for more powerful hits on the field. Compared to crunches, planks are often more difficult yet better for working more muscles than just your abdominals, just like when using the EMS technology to improve the overall muscle strength.

2. Rotational cable row
If you want to develop the hip rotation and improve power, a rotational cable row exercise might be an ideal option. In general, it is good for batting and throwing. Make sure that your feet are a bit more than the shoulder-width apart, then reach across the body and grab a cable. Keep in mind that your body should be in a batting posture. While pulling up the cable and rotating, the movement mimics batting.

3. Glute bridge
The glute bridge workout is important for a stable and strong swing as it helps build stability and power in your hips and glutes which enhances glute activation. Asa result, the overall weight of a baseball player could be added to increase his strength.

4. Single-arm and single-leg cable row
This type of exercise helps achieve many strength-training objectives for baseball players by developing the lower and upper body parts simultaneously and allowing for great balance while performing it. If done correctly, the single-arm and single-leg cable row would activate the hamstrings, glutes, core muscles, and back muscles. However, it can be tricky for some people when doing the arm extension. Therefore, make sure to keep your back straight and not extend the arm fully to avoid stressing the shoulders.

5. Front-to-back lunges
Adding a front-to-back lunge to the workout program of a baseball player can be a great ideal to increase flexibility and stability in their lower extremities. This combination will allow you to experience from both lunge and front benefits as it requires the activation of many core muscles, thing, and glutes.

6. Hops
Any variation of the hops, such as mini and lateral hops, would accomplish several training goals. Some simple exercises can make a baseball player lighter in his feet, improve side-to-side transferal, and enhance directional movement. This allows for greater knee and hip flexion, coordination, and agility which are some of the most important requirements in a good fielder.

7. Heiden jumps
Though heidens are the common exercises for most hockey players, they can also a great option for baseball players. With some simple movements, it can improve balance, flexibility, and stamina in the knees and ankles. Therefore, you would be able to get off the ground quickly when throwing or hitting the ball on the field.