Major League Baseball off-season can be a mysterious topic. From Opening Day until the World Series, games are televised and rosters are discussed; but after that, what happens, where do all the players go for “off-season?”
For athletes who aspire to be the best they can be, there is technically never an off-season. For those athletes, the downtime between seasons is part of a continuous cycle of improvement. Currently, there are 12 athletes, from several different organizations training at MJP in our MLB Off-Season Program. The tenure of these athletes ranges from rookies to seasoned veterans. Although each athlete may have come for a different reason, they all have one goal in common; to improve their strength, explosiveness and speed, while balancing their body to reduce the risk of injury.
Evan Alexander, a center fielder in the Yankees organization, initially wanted to train at MJP for a short period to work on his speed.
“I originally came just for the speed training,” Evan said, “but when I talked to some other athletes who had participated in the full training program, they had such good reviews that I decided to give the full program a try.”
Along with most athletes, Evan is happy with his decision and with the results he is getting.
“I can already see results in the gym and in my conditioning after a little over a month,” Evan said. I’m already nearing my weight gain goals. I also like how we work on flexibility and stability to help prevent injuries.”
While this is Evan’s first season with MJP, there are other athletes, like Matt Lipka, who are MJP veterans. Matt has been training with MJP since his junior year of high school; this year marks his tenth year at MJP.
“Since being drafted, I keep coming back because I genuinely look back after every off-season and say that it was the best yet,” Matt said. “It’s because the trainers care so much about developing this program and adding things each year to keep us ahead of our peers physically, going into spring training.”
The programming of MJP off-season training is designed to encompass the needs of each individual athlete. Some athletes come in with specific goals, while some come in with the desire of just overall improvement.
“The program is tailored to each of our physical needs and addresses issues that we may have had during our season. I simply cannot imagine a more complete off-season workout. It covers everything as an athlete, not just a baseball player; and being able to do it with a group of players and coaches you enjoy being around every day keeps it fresh and fun,” Matt said.
“It is a no brainer, I️ couldn’t imagine an off-season without training at MJP. The off-season is no longer used to rest and maintain. If you’re not getting better every day then you’re getting passed up. By coming here, you’re getting ahead of others before spring training starts, and learning how to maintain that during the year.”