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The Red Sox have a “sleep room” and use sleep study research to optimize player performance

Apr 22, 2014, 5:30 PM EDT

The Red Sox played at 11AM yesterday morning after an ESPN Sunday Night Baseball game the night before. As a marquee team they have a lot more night games on getaway days than other teams and thus get less rest than other teams do too. Of course, this is all just a matter of degree. All major league players are subject to some weird hours that don’t flow naturally with one’s body clock.

Boston has done something about it. John Farrell was on SiriusXM/MLB Network Radio today with Mike Ferrin and Kevin Kennedy and they had an interesting discussion about the team doing sleep studies, and building a “sleep room,” to better help players with rest and keeping their energy level up. Give a listen:

Hey, when you ban greenies, you gotta do something.

Seriously, though. Very cool comments from Farrell and a cool idea by the Red Sox.

Any edge you can get.

  1. yahmule - Apr 22, 2014 at 5:36 PM

    What do you expect from a guy called Napoli?

  2. Francisco (FC) - Apr 22, 2014 at 5:50 PM

    Sleep Quarters?!?!? Man just toss a couple of sleeping bags in the outfield. Make it a bonding experience, maybe start a campfire… ok maybe not a campfire, just haul the microwave out for some instant popcorn and some cool flicks on the big screen.

  3. ereed1286 - Apr 22, 2014 at 6:12 PM

    Do they have fried chicken in there too?

    • dillongeeescapeplan - Apr 22, 2014 at 7:09 PM

      those jokes stopped being funny a long time ago.

      • anxovies - Apr 23, 2014 at 12:15 AM

        No, they are still hilarious.

      • mikhelb - Apr 23, 2014 at 3:51 AM

        Nope:

        Big Pappy is now called Big Nappy;
        Pedroia will change his surname to Bedroia;
        Lester wants to change it to Rester;
        Napoli on the other hand, already has an edge.

  4. tfbuckfutter - Apr 22, 2014 at 6:30 PM

    Having a sleep room is a great idea.

    Storing their bats in there so far has not been.

  5. hojo20 - Apr 22, 2014 at 6:54 PM

    It’s been done before. Wacko Jacko & Macualay Culkin slept in a hyperbaric chamber.

    • tfbuckfutter - Apr 22, 2014 at 7:32 PM

      Thanks. I read “Wacko” and immediately the Animaniacs song got stuck in my head.

      Your joke is terrible. But I do sincerely thank you for getting that song stuck in my head.

  6. Caught Looking - Apr 22, 2014 at 6:59 PM

    The White Sox Sox began encouraging naps as well back in 2012.

    http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/09/20/the-white-sox-are-encouraging-naps/

    • jwbiii - Apr 22, 2014 at 8:14 PM

      Unfortunately, Dayan Viciedo missed the “Not while your playing defense” part.

    • mikhelb - Apr 23, 2014 at 3:54 AM

      And also by Calcaterra. I don’t know how he forgot that in 2012 he copy/pasted a link to that ChiSox note.

  7. RoyHobbs39 - Apr 22, 2014 at 8:46 PM

    I believe G. Costanza first developed this innovation for the Yankees using only equipment within his own office (research indicates it was his desk.)

  8. uscoach - Apr 22, 2014 at 8:58 PM

    I can’t believe these pros don’t use Floatation Tanks. It takes rest to another level. Just ask Tiger Woods, Carl Lewis, the 79 Cowboys, and the ’80 phillies.

  9. jdillydawg - Apr 22, 2014 at 11:12 PM

    Damn. I need my office to put in a nap room.

  10. anxovies - Apr 23, 2014 at 12:16 AM

    Do they have matching jammies with little baseballs and have pillow fights?

  11. drewzducks - Apr 23, 2014 at 1:06 AM

    They only have to watch video from their first 20 games of the season. Worked for us fans.

  12. mikhelb - Apr 23, 2014 at 3:47 AM

    They just renamed their “Chicken & Beer Room” as “Sleep Room”. Big Pappy is now called Big Nappy and Pedroia will change his surname to Bedroia.

  13. genericcommenter - Apr 23, 2014 at 4:43 PM

    I have one of these , too, and I stock it with Popeye’s.

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