MLB Training Wows - Year in Review!
It is interesting how an organization such as the New York Yankees could possibly have hired a DOPE, Director of Performance Enhancement, Marty Miller, and not have reviewed and researched his training methodology and means. Especially with a $200,000,000 payroll in the balance!
Marty Miller had spent the past nine years as the director of fitness at the Ballen Isles Country Club in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida!! He had a master’s degree from California University of Pennsylvania in performance enhancement and injury prevention!! I am not sure what Cashman (NY GM) was thinking, as Miller had not been working with MLB athletes for over 10 years.
The first thing Miller does upon his arrival to the Yankees is remove the squat racks and other important pieces of strength development equipment crucial to the success of baseball athletes. Not to mention sprint work was not considered an important part of the training program for position players or pitchers!!!
According to a team source, Pettitte was encouraged by either Miller or Cavalea to ditch the weight belt he usually wears while doing his squat routine, saying it would help him strengthen his stomach muscles during the exercise. And of course, Pettitte injured his back while doing the squats, costing him 10days in spring training. Oops!
In the short time Miller was with the Yankees Mike Mussina, Phill Huges, John Damon, Chien-Ming Wang, Bobby Abreu, Hideki Matsui all missed time with hamstring issues. This accounts for 60% of the starting rotation, plus the entire starting outfield! Athletes who heavily rely on hamstring strength and health.
This was compounded by the fact that there was no proticals in place to deal with hamstring injury recovery as it took weeks for many of these athletes to return back to competition?
Some players had even commented that the pre-game and practice stretching routine did not even include stretches for their arms! The training staff told the athletes that the active stretching gets everything stretched out! ‘Even if you don’t stretch it?’
I think one fan might have been on to something when he commented that the DOPE Director of Performance Enhancement) might have been a spy for the Boston Red Sox.