Pitchers and catchers report in just a few days and the guys are starting to get baseball ready again, but that doesn’t mean that for the last six months they’ve just been vegging on their couches. Here’s a glimpse into some of the training Danny Espinosa’s been doing to work on his core, via Nats Enquirer.
Espinosa’s been working out through Starting Line Fitness in California with the style that he calls “more explosive” along with his workout partner Brandon Tripp.
It’s just more proof that anyone who isn’t a professional athlete may be woefully out of shape in comparison to these guys, but that’s just why they’re being paid to play.
In other news and notes:
- The San Diego State University Aztecs (Stephen Strasburg’s alma mater) are retiring Strasburg’s #37 at their season opener today. Strasburg was the recipient of the Golden Spikes award in 2009 as the nation’s top collegiate player and was the National Player of the Year, as selected by Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball. At SDSU Strasburg set a record for strikeouts in a game, season & career. Of course, today we know him as the overall first round pick by the Nationals in the 2009 MLB Draft.
- It’s still technically the off season, so the clock is ticking down for the Nationals to sign Ryan Zimmerman to a long term contract extension. Zimmerman’s said he doesn’t want to be a distraction and won’t negotiate once he reports for Spring Training. He’s also made it clear before that he wants to stay in D.C. There’s still some time left. Stay tuned…
- Yesterday Hall of Famer Gary Carter passed away. Carter started and finished his career with the Montreal Expos and played 12 seasons for them. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2003, wearing a Montreal Expos hat.
- If you’re one of the lucky ones that gets to escape down to Florida to see some Grapefruit League baseball, Mark Zuckerman (of Nats Insider) has some helpful fan guide tips. Check them out here and here.