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Too many Twins are in the best shape of their lives!

May 27, 2011, 12:33 PM EDT

Kevin Slowey

The Twins have suffered a lot of injuries this year. Columnist Jim Souhan suggests that the problem may be over-training:

Thus the modern ballplayer is bigger, faster, stronger, better-trained, and yet seemingly more fragile. Might many of these new-age injuries be the result of over-training?

Michael Cuddyer agrees with the over-training thing. In contrast, broadcaster Jack Morris seems to suggest that players are wimpy and that the iron men of the 1980s with whom he played never would have allowed their teammates so much DL time.  We’ve heard this from others in Twins-land recently. Too bad Morris didn’t bark hard enough at Mark Fidrych when they were teammates in the late 70s. If The Bird would have been cajoled out of his apparent softness, those Tigers teams may have won more than the lone World Series. Missed opportunities.

I’m not sure what to make of the over-training argument because my experience with “training” begins and ends with me on my treadmill watching ballgames and X-files reruns while praying for the torture to end.  I’m sure, though, that better diagnosis, greater prudence on the part of trainers and players when it comes to injuries — not to mention the need to use injuries as a scapegoat any team’s poor performance –  has quite a bit to do with it too.

  1. Justin - May 27, 2011 at 12:40 PM

    I wish Delmon Young would overtrain his defense

  2. The Common Man/www.platoonadvantage.com - May 27, 2011 at 12:41 PM

    Jack Morris is undeniably an idiot and to listen to him do commentary on Twins broadcasts is to yearn for a pair of pins to rupture your eardrums. Screw that guy.

  3. halladaysbicepts - May 27, 2011 at 12:48 PM

    I think the reason so many players are getting hurt in recent years is due to not only modern training methods (over-stretching muscles), but the modern training equipment that they are using. Back in the day, guys really only ran and occasionally lifted some free-weights. That’s it.

    I’ll give you an example. Here in Philly, Many people believe that Mike Schmidt’s career was cut short by a trainer the Phillies had by the name of Gus Hoefling. Right after Hoefling introduced Schmidt to nautilus training at the later stages of his career, Schmidt tore his rotator cuff, was never the same player and retired.

    Why does it seem that there are more injuries? Common sense dictates that it has to be training methods.

    • kinggw - May 27, 2011 at 8:12 PM

      What are you talking about? Schmidt played until he was almost 40 years old. He more than likely tore his rotator cuff because his body could no longer hold up after almost 20 years playing the game.It most certainly wasnt because of nautilus equipment. I dont think training is to blame for the perceived increase in injuries. In fact, training may have extended careers. If it wasnt for advanced training methods players like Jim Thome would have been done several years ago.

  4. Utley's Hair - May 27, 2011 at 12:57 PM

    If so many Twinkies are in the best shape of their lives, and that translates into the worst record in the majors, the solution is obvious, isn’t it? Get them a couple trays of cheesesteaks stat!!!!!!! With Twinkies as a chaser, of course.

    • yankeesfanlen - May 27, 2011 at 1:16 PM

      How about a Babe Ruth regimen?

      • Utley's Hair - May 27, 2011 at 1:28 PM

        That would be dugout snackage. Beer trumps Gatorade and PowerAde. Power bars? Sunflower seeds? HELL NO!!!!! Baby Ruth bars and cake.

      • rebarratige - May 27, 2011 at 1:33 PM

        The roundest shape of their lives?

  5. mjaugelli - May 27, 2011 at 1:06 PM

    I think the injuries were always there. The difference here is that the modern ballplayer is much more in-tune with his body and knows when something is a bit off. Rather than ignoring it and playing on like players may have in decades past, modern players let the trainer and manager know about the issue. It may be related to how much each ballplayer’s body is worth (some worth hundreds of millions of dollars versus hundreds of thousands of dollars in the past).

    • heynerdlinger - May 27, 2011 at 2:03 PM

      I’d add to this that the game today probably requires a much higher level of fitness and any blip from that will induce players to miss time to recover. Yes, I know guys like David Ortiz don’t look like Olympic athletes, but the truth is that the skill level required to maintain a place on a 25-man roster is pretty high.

      • Tim's Neighbor - May 27, 2011 at 2:33 PM

        Perhaps replacement players are also better at stepping in for starters?

  6. sknut - May 27, 2011 at 1:27 PM

    I think players are in shape but not necessarily baseball shape. See-Mauer, Joe

    If they focused more on baseball activities maybe that would help and not sucking once in a while would be good too.

    • Justin - May 27, 2011 at 4:44 PM

      “See-Mauer, Joe”

      As a Twins fan I wish we could sometime soon

  7. std6514 - May 27, 2011 at 1:36 PM

    Here’s a thought. I watch most of the twins games on TV. It looks to me that Gardy has lost the team and that none of the players (besides alexi and tolbert) really want to play for him anymore. All these guys on the DL, just look at their “injuries”. It’s the player’s way of sending a message that they are fed up with the manager.

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