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Friday, March 26, 2021

The lost year: Minor leaguers reflect on a canceled season

Garland got his batting cage — briefly. He and another nearby player, Bobby Honeyman of the Seattle Mariners, bought a popup structure designed for Little Leaguers and set it up outside Garland’s house.

“I remember all the neighbors were just looking at us like, ‘What the hell are these kids doing?’” he said. “We thought it was the coolest thing ever. Five swings in, we put five holes in it.”

Garland had better luck working on his defense thanks to Seelinger, who lives nearby. Needing somewhere to throw, Seelinger and his dad built their own mound from plywood and artificial turf and set up a bullpen in their backyard. Garland came over frequently to catch, and that’s how they stayed sharp until parks began to reopen around June.

Elsewhere, players did whatever they could to stay in shape. Jake Fishman, a left-hander for the Miami Marlins, began deadlifting a neighbor’s crane stabilizers — big hunks of metal used to keep trucks and other machinery in place.

Oakland A’s catcher Collin Theroux couldn’t find anything heavy, so he focused on explosiveness. Among his workouts — venturing into the parking lot of his girlfriend’s apartment complex and jumping on benches, electrical units or whatever else he could find.

“Everybody was just embracing the weird at that point,” Theroux said. “Normally I think I would shy away from that, but I think those times called for people giving you a pass on being weird.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 26, 2021 at 01:32 PM | 1 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Zach Posted: March 26, 2021 at 08:11 PM (#6010343)
“We were feeling like we didn’t know how to play baseball,” he said. “It was crazy. We were bad. We were looking at each other like, ‘Oh my God, you’re fat,’ or ‘You can’t even swing, you can’t even run.’ It was a challenge because then we had to start from zero again.”

Man, you and me both. The gyms just reopened around here, and let's just say the scales are already in midseason form.

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