It’s a magical day for the Detroit Tigers and their fans as pitchers and catchers officially reported to duty in Lakeland, Florida.
The off-season is over for the Detroit Tigers.
But, according to a video from MLB.com and videos from several other sources, it appears that the off-season is just an illusion.
Justin Verlander opens the video as he lifts the garage door to get the workout started. Then, the camera cuts to Miguel Cabrera decked out in his Miggy gear sweating after a rough workout. For the next 55 seconds, other top players in the MLB show off their strength, agility, and tenacity.
Cabrera shows up few more times – running against a tension rope, boxing against a partner, as well as squatting and lifting heavy weights. Verlander shows his game face while pushing a sled and working out his shoulders. It is clear that they, along with their fellow players, spent their off-season working hard.
If this is what Miggy and JV have been up to, then the season could be promising. But, they aren’t the only Tigers who have shown off their workouts on social media. J.D Martinez and Jose Iglesias have shared some impressive footage. Martinez shows off his ability to bench press 120 pounds worth of dumbbells. It looks like Martinez is getting ready to hit a few long balls with that type of workout.
All that bench pressing does make for one pretty swing:
On the other hand, it is clear that Iglesias is busy working on his defensive skills. His magic glove and nimble feet are on display in this Instagram post:
Then there is James McCann and his wife. It’s doubtful that she throws 80 MPH or higher, but her strike zone is right on. Since McCann has the defensive part of his job under control, having this built-in hitting partner should help him increase his batting stats by a few points.
Nick Castellanos got in a little bit of video, too. After his broken hand prematurely ended his 2016 season, fans got to see his quick hands swinging a Warstic bat. He’s looking good on tape, too.
And if this commercial is any indication of the types of workouts that Ian Kinsler and Daniel Norris completed, it is safe to say they are also entering the off-season in outstanding shape. Working out with a Navy Seal is no joke.
Could these workouts be a sign of things to come in 2017? Better fitness goes hand-in-hand with reduced injuries. It also helps with power hitting, stolen bases, and faster pitching.
It won’t be long now before the Tigers are on TV and the radio. We’ll all be able to see if those tough off-season workouts paid off.