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Lou Piniella: Today's MLB players work out too much


10:42 AM ET 05.19 | According to MLB, there were 203 disabled list stints as of May 9, the second most (to 205 in 2008) in the last 10 years. So what gives? Why are so many more players going down every year with injuries? According to Lou Piniella, who was on the disabled list just twice in 18 seasons, once for an inner ear condition and once for a broken thumb, if baseball wants to cut down on the muscle pulls and back soreness, it should do away with the weight rooms and put a limit on how much time hitters can spend in the batting cages. "The season is so long now and so strenuous, you need to rest your body for two-three months after it's over," said Sweet Lou. "But today, these players all have their personal trainers and they work out all winter and put on more muscle. When I played, we didn't have a weight room or a strength coach and everybody took the team bus to the ballpark. We never heard of an oblique. Now guys are going out on their own, five or six hours before the game, going right to the batting cages and taking hundreds of swings a day. It's overdone. The body can't take it. If you ask me, that's where all these oblique injuries are coming from. These kids are in such good shape, but at the same time they're more susceptible to injury because their muscles are strung too tight. You can't work it 12 months out of the year." When he was a player, Piniella said, at the end of the year he handed his equipment bag to the Yankee clubhouse attendants and said: "See you in spring training."

New York Daily News

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May 19, 2013  11:52 AM ET

except,,,the players trainners and owners are thinking otherwise,then again the players are getting too many unexpected injuries and are well tired by the time they reach the batting box,,
should the hitters reduse their BP'S at the batting cage?? should the players stop over doing warmups at the weight room??after all, too many injuries are to happen in this year along!!!

May 19, 2013  11:53 AM ET

the human body can only take so much,the players,either do BP'S or, do weights but can't do both sessions at the same time!!!

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May 19, 2013  12:13 PM ET

BP is overrated

the teams/and players should change their approach in every game,,either less BP, or less RIGOUROUS trainning at the weight room,,,,do one thing and one thing only at the time,but avoid as much extra work in either session of weights or BP!!

May 19, 2013  12:22 PM ET

Yeah...they should take fitness advice from a guy who's about two donuts shy of 300 pounds and used to smoke in the dugout.

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May 19, 2013  01:09 PM ET

Adam Dunn agrees with his assessment.

May 19, 2013  10:01 PM ET

Pinella may have a point, but players today will do anything they believe will give themselves a competitive edge, including endless hours in the weight room, batting cages, etc. I also strongly suspect coaches are probably not to subtly telling players they need to work harder if they expect to succeed. Accordingly I don't see this changing.

May 20, 2013  12:52 AM ET

Also a lot of players start running out of gas around late August or early Sept. Whenyou figure hitters go through 4 weeks of spring training, Then all the BP swings before every game plus 3 to 5 at bats a game. this could explain why hitters goes through so many peaks and valleys through out the season. As Lou suggested with all the time in weight room, seems more oblique strains. Hamstrings pulls seem to be down from what there was 10 years ago. But still happening.

May 20, 2013  03:59 AM ET

And here I thought only the Pirates ran out of gas each August.


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