Must read that includes Zumaya

And no, it has nothing to do with him still playing Guitar Hero (though that’s interesting too). Rather, the New York Times did a piece on non-traditional workout regimens such as some elements of yoga and how they’ve helped pitchers, including Zumaya at a studio run by former college pitcher Alan Jaeger. In fact, it’s a pretty ringing endorsement:

Today, one of baseball’s most durable arms belongs to the Giants’ Barry Zito, who started training with Jaeger in college. One of baseball’s most electric arms belongs to the Tigers’ Joel Zumaya, who used to drive six hours round trip to see Jaeger in the off-season.

“Zito, Zumaya and Zen,” Jaeger said. “Those are powerful Z’s.”

Later, the story says Zumaya credits Jaeger for adding five miles per hour to his fastball. It also says that Zumaya ran down the tunnel prior to his big-league debut last April in Kansas City so that he could do his breathing exercises.

Even without the Zumaya stuff, the story presents a good debate about how to work out pitching arms. The idea of yoga as an exercise is nothing new in baseball, or with the Tigers, but normally you hear about it more with veteran players trying to stay healthy or rehab injuries. The players listed in the story grasped the idea while they were coming up.

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Interesting article. I welcome any information that might explain how Zumaya gets that velocity. I’ve heard fans in other ML cities refer to our guys as “aliens.”

Just a quick comment referring to the previous topic: after reading between the lines of Mariano Rivera’s comments today on MLB.com, he doesn’t appear to be happy with the way Bernie Williams is being handled. I must say, I did enjoy watching that 1996-2000 Yankee team. How could you not?

Rich– You’re kidding right? I would have to agree that Bernie is one heckuva player and appears to be a genuine good person as were many of the guys on the ’96-2000 Yankees. (I was truly bummed when the Tigers trade for him fell through a few years back.) But enjoy watching the Yankees win? I think the winter weather is starting to get to you…

If one enjoys excellence in baseball, how could one NOT enjoy watching those Yankee teams play.

I am not a fan of NY, but those teams were talented, and classy.

I suppose there are now going to be multitudes of young ball players, looking for another 5 mph on their heater, practicing their breathing techniques, sitting cross-legged, and mumbling “Mmmmmmmmmmmm”……

I see Curtis signed a one year deal. Here’s hoping he has 15 dingers and 15 stolen bases by the A.S break. And, he signs a longer-term deal for some bank. I really like that kid.

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