Sandberg and Utley Talk Shop

15 Feb

utley.jpgEach year when Chase Utley reports to camp in Clearwater Florida team members and reporters always note that Chase appears to have bulked up.  Utley usually manages to add about ten pounds of muscle to his body each Winter, but as the season takes it’s toll, it tends to fall off.  10-time All-Star and new Lehigh Valley Ironpigs skipper Ryne Sandberg has some thoughts on what might help Utley stay strong all the way through to October.

Chase is excited to “Pick his brain”  and admitted that he’d “Be dumb not to.”  Utley starts every season strong across the board, but as the season progresses, Utley regresses.  Utley is truly the best second baseman in the game, but he hasn’t proven to be so durable the last few seasons. So who better to work with then a former MVP and a Hall of Famer like Sandberg? 

What was Ryno’s secret?  Apparently it was him cutting his training regimine back that he thinks helped him the most.  Sandberg said that for him “Just finding days to cut things down just a hair. Not doing quite so
much, but getting the work in. Just tweaking the routine a little bit.
He seems to have a real steady routine that he does, but if you can cut
that down, do two-thirds of it, do a third of it, but doing the same
things and still being productive and keeping your energy to make it
through a full year.”

This might be just the mentality that Utley needs to adapt.  We talk all the time about how this game is a grind, and Chase is a great example.  He is known for his excessive training, consistently being the first player to the park (With exception of Roy Halladay).  With a few seasons in the past that ended with disappointment, Utley is ready and willing to try something else. 

I hope he does, because  this season the offense is really going to need to bounce back. 

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4 Responses to “Sandberg and Utley Talk Shop”

  1. phillies_phollowers February 19, 2011 at 8:18 pm #

    Utley has to bounce back! Why? Obviously because I said so…lol Fingers crossed!


  2. mlbusiness February 19, 2011 at 9:21 pm #

    Hey, I love your blog! I am also a big Phillies fan!

  3. mlbusiness February 19, 2011 at 9:21 pm #

    Hey, I love your blog! I am also a big Phillies fan!

  4. raysrenegade February 19, 2011 at 9:58 pm #

    Some players as they age think they have to increase their workload to compensate for a tick of speed dropped or a hesistation where they once was a fluid move.
    They tend to push their bodies harder and harder when adjustments to their game or even secondary strategies could be the answer.
    Sandberg is a smart cookie, and Utley’s mind not his ego is making the right move by picking his brain.
    Some players lose their position as they age, ususally shortstops. But look at Omar Visquel. older than the norm for ****, but he has made the defensive adjustments that do not cost his teams games…age+wisdom+longer career.
    That is math even Utley would love.

    Rays Renegade

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