Re: If Kelly Johnson Gets At Bats Instead of Betts, I have An Issue WIth Farrell
posted at 8/19/2014 2:14 PM EDT
In response to ctredsoxfanhugh's comment:
Not true at all. Although I'd admit this is more important for pitchers than it is hitters. Guys move on every play, they are moving for shifts, moving into cut off positions, moving back etc etc etc, running to first, running to make a play, running the bases, running and sprinting and throwing before the games in warm ups and batting practices as well, time is spent in the gym as well even in days off. Many times through out the day they are also exerting maximum effort.
yes they are young guys, but that doesn't mean they can drastically increase their workload without putting themselves at a heightened risk of injury.
Yes Soccer and Basketball are more endurance sports, from an aerobic exercise point of view they are more stressful, but that doesn't mean that going through the every day motions of baseball from exerting maximum force on a swing, pitch, defensive running play don't wear down on the body any less....because from a physiological point of view that would not be true.
The proof is in the pudding, these guys are eased into baseball through short season ball and increased workloads in every organization across baseball. So any time you rush a youngster to the majors there is going to be an increased risk of them reaching fatigue. This doesn't mean they will get injured, but it could damped performance. Your confusing a workout, with the long term effects of on ones anatomy based on their physical actions. Let me put it to you this way, I can lift 20 lb's 400 times every day and I would get much much much more drained in sweat and probably burn more calories; or I could lift 400 Lb's 5 times a day during the same time frame. Overall, those are two completely different work outs, and have completely two different responses on the body, but that doesn't necessarily make one safer than the other.
Was about to post something similar.
Pro athletes, regardless of sport, experience little nagging things as the season goes on. These will differ by sport. In baseball, they may not be major, but the sport's every day nature can delay recovery. The game is based on timing, it doesn't take much to throw that timing off. If reaction time is slowed even a little bit, it changes everything. It's another part of the adjustments these kids have to make.
Minor league ball (at least outside the Pacific Coast League) has long bus rides, but you aren't constantly changing times zones and flying cross country. That can take a toll as well and means more adjustments.