Archive for November, 2011

My off-season training program consists of 4 lifting days and 2 mobility/medicine ball/agility/sprint training days.

After performing our extensive warm-up containing individually designed stretching and an active warmup circuit, my first training day consists of medicine ball work and a lower-body focused lift with accessory exercises for mobility and stability.

Before I get into the specifics of my program (more…)

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Today is the first player interview conducted here at Show-Me Strength.  Throughout the off-season I will begin to profile and interview minor and major league players- asking questions on all topics baseball and otherwise….

Courtesy Jim Hogue Photos, Rollinssports.com

This is an interview with Indian’s prospect Will Krasne.  Will, a Washington, D.C. native, played college baseball at Stanford and Rollins before signging as a free-agent with the Cleveland Indians in 2010.  In his first season, he played with the Mahoning Valley Scrappers (Short Season A) of the New York/Penn League.  You can click here for his minor league statistics and follow him on twitter (@pinkpoloshorts).

MK: This was your first year of professional baseball in the Indians organization. You had a more interesting path than most in getting to the minor league ranks, including overcoming an injury, and some extra schooling after graduating early from Stanford.  Tell me more about your path.

WK: I really decided to take the circuitous route (more…)

The Victor by C.W. Longenecker-
(A Poem from Arnold Palmers Locker)

If you think you are beaten, you are
If you think that you dare not, you don’t
If you’d like to win but you think you can’t,
It’s almost certain that you won’t.

If you think you’ll lose, you’ve lost
For out in the world you’ll find
Success begins with a fellow’s will.
It’s all in the state of mind.

Life’s battles don’t always go
To the stronger or faster man;
But sooner or later the man who wins
Is the man who thinks he can.

If you are lucky enough to have a grandma like mine, you’ll understand what it’s like to receive that unexpected package in the mail with that recognizable grandma writing on the front.  Often times I admit, contrary to my usual nutritional habits, the package contains some delicious baked goods along with poignant news clippings about my hometown sports teams, the importance of flu shots or meningitis awareness, or various other health related topics.  However, one summer day in 2008 I received a package from my grandma which (along with the cookies, of course) contained a book that revolutionized my mental game and without a doubt improved my performance on the field. (more…)