Hello ladies and gentlemen, and welcome back to another year of blogging for Lone Star Dugout about my time in the minor leagues.
I know Minor League Spring Training started a week ago, but I figured I would try to
catch everyone up on the offseason before diving into the controlled chaos that is Spring Training.
This offseason was pretty eventful; I definitely learned a few things from the last
offseason. I spent the months from October to February living deep in enemy territory,
no further than three blocks from the Space Needle in Seattle. Luckily the Seahawks and Sounders both had decent seasons so the locals didn’t notice the Texas Ranger living in their midst. Either that or they had completely blocked baseball from their minds, hoping all the rain and snow would wash away the memories of last season. Regardless, I had a great time living there.
My first offseason was notable for the sheer amount of free time I had. I was living
at home in Vacaville, California, for the first time since I left for college and I was
completely unprepared for the amount of free time I suddenly found myself with. After
sticking to a strict routine of school and baseball for the better part of almost seven years, I found myself with neither to keep me busy. Don’t get me wrong, I was working out and playing catch, but I can only do so much of that a day – maybe, mayyyybe 4 hours a day at the most – which left me with almost 10 hours in which I had nothing to do but shower and eat at some point. Let’s just say I watched a lot of TV, played a lot of video games, read quite a few books, and got pretty good at crossword puzzles.
This offseason I knew I needed to make a few adjustments, so I did the most obvious
thing I could think of – I moved to Seattle. I still have some friends and baseball
connections from my freshman year at UPS (University of Puget Sound) and my time playing for the Seattle Studs, so I figured it was as good a place as any to live in the offseason. I would have a chance to experience living in a big city while also having the resources available to train and work out for the 2011 season.
The second thing I knew I had to do this offseason was find a job. Luckily this was relatively easy. With the great weather in the Northwest, most players are forced to resort to practicing indoors during the winter, and one of my former coaches happened to work at a very nice indoor training facility and hooked me up with an instructing job. It worked out perfect for me and I was able to make a little bit of money.
I also knew this offseason that I would have to be more diligent and aware of my health.
Last season was awesome, but I did spend some time on the DL and my body definitely
was run down by the end of the season. I have done yoga for the last five months to
increase my flexibility and hopefully improve the health of my joints, tendons, and
muscles. I hope that this compounded with my weight training regiment and throwing
program will help keep my body healthy and running efficiently in Spring Training and
throughout the course of the season. So far so good.
Spring Training is just starting to get going full bore so I’ll be back in the next few days to let everyone know how it’s going.
Follow me on Twitter at @TGSteggall3. Not that I usually contribute much in the way of tweets, but if you have questions or comments, I'll be sure to answer.
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