The off-season leading into the 2010 season is when it all started. It was then that Anibal Sanchez and I were introduced to each other and began a strength training program that transformed not only his body but also his career. Although the previous 4 years he had been a MLB Starting Pitcher with the then Florida Marlins, much of those 4 years he was unfortunately plagued with injuries and/or spent time on the DL.
Fast forward to the 2010 season, Anibal makes all 32 starts, stays off the DL and out performs expectations. Based on this performance he is awarded a $3.7mil salary for the 2011 season.
Knowing he wanted more from the 2010 season, Anibal and I train for the 2nd consecutive year getting him more than game ready for the 2011 season. The 2011 season resulted in career highs in Innings Pitched (196 1/3) and Strikeouts (202) while making all 32 of his scheduled starts and remaining healthy and off the DL.
For his 2011 efforts the Miami Marlins offer Anibal $6.9mil. He declines, seeking $8mil through arbitration. This morning (Monday, February 6, 2012), while putting the finishing touches on our 3rd consecutive year training together, Anibal wins his arbitration case. There is no doubt in my mind that our off-seasoning performance training played a role in the success he experienced on the field over the past two years.
To all the baseball strength training coaches, what we do does matter and what we do can make a difference in a ball players performance and career.
Training Anibal over the past 3 years has been one of the most rewarding, and inspirational periods of my career. The transformation of his career has only just begun.
Looking forward to what the 2012 season brings.
Out train the game! Anibal does...
- Five Tool Baseball Performance Training (FTBPT) is dedicated to sharing its knowledge, ideas and opinions on baseball performance training based upon field tested experiences as player, coach and baseball strength & conditioning coach. Proper exercise technique ( to ensure effective & efficient training programs) and baseball related movement patterns are implemented to maximize on-field performance. Emphasis is placed on movement based training which integrates multiple muscle groups. This approach has a greater transfer to on-field performance and can minimize the incidence and risk of injury. If a game is being played you can be sure Im watching it from home or from the stands. Many of my own workouts involve designing/creating out-of-the-box exercises & programs to enhance performance and movement unique to baseball