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Sunday, May 20, 2012

Tejada in AAA

Miguel Tejada has now taken yet another step towards joining the Orioles. May 20, 2012 Miggi joined AAA Norfolk Tides, batted 4th and went 2-4 with an RBI. That's a big step forward.

Out train the game!


Thursday, May 10, 2012

Get A Grip (Training)!

Im a huge proponent of training more efficiently; which is why I utilize various thick grips for as many exercises as possible. Below is a post from my great friend and Physical Therapist (from D1 Sports - Columbus, Ohio) Chris Kolba. You'll be surprised to the benefits and details he outlines. If you're not integrating various grip thicknesses into your baseball strength training program...start.

The Sports Medicine and Fitness Fanatic: Get A Grip (Training)!: You have probably noticed that people with shoulder injuries have a diminished grip. (If you haven't ,start checking) One of the thing...

Grip it & Rip it. Then, Out Train the Game!


Wednesday, May 9, 2012

It's official!!!!

On Monday, May 7, 2012 Miguel Tejada arrived in Sarasota to take part in a physical (which he passed) and workout for the Baltimore Orioles.  Having impressed, he signed a minor league deal Tuesday and then went on to appear in an extended spring training game. While evaluating him over the next 10 days, the plan is to get him baseball ready with hopes of getting some more quality game speed ABs at AAA Norfolk and then if all goes well onto Baltimore.

Buena Suerte Miggi.

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Sunday, May 6, 2012

Tejada to (re)join Orioles

When Free Agent and 15 year MLB veteran, Miguel Tejada realized that he wouldnt be reporting to 2012 spring training camp, he could of hung up his cleats; rather, he called and entrusted me in getting him baseball ready for the day he would be contacted. The past 2.5 months, week-in and week-out, I had a front row seat and witnessed his work ethic, dedication, commitment and passion to his on-field and in-gym training. He is so excited to be playing baseball. He truly loves the game.
Duquette: Miguel Tejada 'has a lot of enthusiasm for Baltimore'

Monday, May 7, 2012 Miggi reports to Sarasota for his physical and workout. Stay tuned for the results.

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Friday, May 4, 2012

Dominican Baseball Guy: Miguel Tejada ready to play ball

Thanks to Keith Winters, aka Dominican Baseball Guy, for sharing Miguel Tejada's passion and continued pursuit to play the game he loves.

Dominican Baseball Guy: Miguel Tejada ready to play ball: Miguel Tejada is ready to join an MLB team as soon as one comes calling. The 37 year old Tejada is nearing the end of his MLB career, but...

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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

The first 15 yards

This is a very interesting article from Dr. Gene Coleman, Houston Astros Strength & Conditioning Coach.

Between all the research, analysis and evaluating of speed times, the message is really quite clear: Run hard all the time; in other words hustle.

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The game of baseball is all about getting out of the box quickly and reaching max speed
as fast as you can. When getting out of the box, you need to run as hard as you can for
the first 15 yards. If you are slow over the first 15 yards, it is nearly impossible to make
up time toward the end of a run. Baseball is a game of inches, so if you can take a
tenth of a second off the first 15 yards of a run, it will make a huge difference at the end,
Think about how many bang-bang plays you were involved in last season. How often
did you start slow and try to accelerate when the fielder bobbled the ball? How often
were you safe? If you consistently get out of the box quickly and run as hard as you
can for the first 15 yards, you can significantly improve your on-base percentage.
I have recorded times from home to first and from base to base in game situations for
over 15 years. The average RHB, when he runs “all out” gets to first base in 4.35 sec.
LHBs run it in 4.32 sec. For the past five years, I have been getting splits from home to
half-way to first base (15 yards) and from half way to first base. The average player runs
the first 15 yards in 2.57 sec and the last 15 yards in 1.70 sec (total = 4.35 sec). The
fastest player, Michael Bourn, runs the first half in 2.39 sec and the second half in 1.46
sec (total = 3.85 sec.). Approximately 95% of his infield hits last season were bang-bang
plays in which he got to first in 3.91 to 4.01 sec. The slowest player, Prince Fielder,
runs the first half in 2.91 sec and the second half in 1.85 sec (total time = 4.76 sec).
Now let’s talk about why the first 15 yards are so important. Let’s assume that Michael
Bourn hits a ground ball and, because he thinks he will be out, doesn’t run hard out of
the box. Let’s say that he drops his head and runs the first half at 85% of max speed
(2.75 sec). Most runs to first base in game situations are at 85% of max speed.
Now what happens if the player drops the ball and Michael tries to accelerate over the
last 15 yards? His best time over the last 15 yards is 1.46 sec. He can’t run faster than
1.46 over the last 15 yards, no matter how hard he tries. If you add 1.46 sec to his slow
start (1.46 sec + 2.75 sec), he will get to first in 4.21 sec. If the fielder doesn’t throw the
ball away, he will be out! Why? Because his bang-bang plays take 4.01 sec or less and
he ran 4.21.

If you break hard out of the box and the infielder misplays the ball, you can continue to
run hard and have a good chance of being safe. If he makes a good play, you can slow
down over the last 15 yards if you need to. If you are slow out of the box and then try to
kick it in, you have almost no chance of being safe.

You can run the first 15 yards fast and improve your chances of being safe on a
bobbled ball, or you can run the last 15 yards all out and still be out. Either way, you
are going to run hard for 15 yards. Why not make it the first 15 yards and improve
your odds? You can be on base with a chance to score or be in the dugout out kicking
yourself for giving up an out.

Gene Coleman, Ed. D., CSCS*R, FACSM