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Jimmy Rollins is getting ready for the season

Feb 18, 2014, 8:45 AM EDT

I find this both cool and weird. Jimmy Rollins taking grounders with a 20 pound vest on:

 

I don’t know that I’ve ever heard of anyone doing that. Or if I did, I forgot about it. I don’t know if it actually works, but I want it to work because it is strangely satisfying to me to think that such a thing would work.

  1. jss1330 - Feb 18, 2014 at 8:53 AM

    Getting ready to be the next Derek Jeter

  2. gothapotamus90210 - Feb 18, 2014 at 8:58 AM

    I’m sure he’s been working on hitting pop-ups after failed attempts at swinging for the fences. A real life Willie “Mays” Hayes.

  3. halladaysbiceps - Feb 18, 2014 at 9:30 AM

    The vest is for his own protection from Phillies’ fans after Jimmy Poppins fails once again to bust it out of the box to 1st base on a ground ball.

  4. CJ - Feb 18, 2014 at 9:42 AM

    Time for a WSOHL article? Or does this not count as it would be a performance reducer???

  5. CJ - Feb 18, 2014 at 10:06 AM

    maybe he’s trying to get used to what a 35 year old infielder will feel like come August. The Phillies might need to look at buying these in bulk and making them standard issue for anyone over 30. Could get a group discount. And just think of all the marketing and endorsement opportunities!

    Aging vets crowd – wear this vest in camp, warmups, BP and you’ll be amazed at your improvement during the game!

    Anti-aging crowd – wear this vest the first 65 years of your life, and you’ll be as spry as ever in retirement

    Prison system – dramatically reduce the number of prisoner escapes with this device (locks on vests included with GPS tracker). Caution: not legally responsible if inmates manage to take them off and beat each other and/or guards with them.

  6. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Feb 18, 2014 at 10:31 AM

    That is what they did for ADHD kids before adderall. perhaps he is working on his focus? laying the groundwork before asking for a prescription? maybe it is full of twisted phiten necklaces? hey, whatever works..

  7. chaseutley - Feb 18, 2014 at 10:56 AM

    It’s a new endorsement deal. Either that, or Jimmy knew he’d be Phillie of the Day for Craig to take a shot at.

  8. schuch10 - Feb 18, 2014 at 11:06 AM

    You failed to notice the ankle weights he was also wearing! lol

  9. chadjones27 - Feb 18, 2014 at 11:13 AM

    The only way I see this being a hinderance is if it kills his back. But, as long as he’s got a strong enough core I don’t see an issue with this. Probably will do wonders for his speed (which he’s been lacking of late) Don’t sprinters do similar things? weighted vests. sprints with chutes. things like that.

  10. DelawarePhilliesFan - Feb 18, 2014 at 11:16 AM

    Just file the photo away for the day when it is announced that Rollins needs lower lumbar surgery

  11. moogro - Feb 18, 2014 at 12:55 PM

    He just watched Temple Grandin.

  12. innout10 - Feb 18, 2014 at 4:22 PM

    Weight vests or ankle/wrist weights are phenomenal training methods. Makes the motion you are practicing feel light as a feather once u take the weight off…it’s not unlike using the donut in the on deck circle.

    • woodandnail - Feb 24, 2014 at 11:33 AM

      Using a donut is counterproductive, though, because it can throw those motions out of whack. And it doesn’t really do anything for your speed. Your swing feels lighter and faster relative to the weighted swing, but there’s no gain compared to how fast you were swinging before using the donut.

      I don’t really get the point of bringing this onto the field. Strengthen your lower body and speed train off the feed, where your fielding and throwing mechanics won’t be affected.

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