Jose Vazquez is entering his 13th season as the Texas Rangers major league strength and conditioning coach. He previously spent four seasons with the New York Mets, serving first as the Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coordinator (2002-2004) and later as the Director of Rehabilitation (2005).
Prior to joining the Mets, Jose was the Sports Physical Therapist for The Therapy Center in Knoxville, Tenn. and Methodist Medical Center in Oak Ridge, Tenn. from 1998-2001. He was also a co-founder of TNT Sports Specific Training in Knoxville in 1998.
After earning second-team All-American honors at the University of Tennessee in 1992, Jose was selected by St. Louis in the 42nd round of the 1992 June draft. He played professionally for three seasons (1992-94) as an outfielder in the Cardinals organization and for the Northern League’s Duluth club. He was selected all-Dade County in baseball and football at Southwest Miami High School in 1988, and was all-state at Central Florida CC in 1989-90.
Jose graduated from Tennessee with a BS degree in education in 1994 and received his Masters of Physical Therapy from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, FL. in 1998.
He co-authored “Total Fitness for Baseball” with Jay Hoffman (Coaches Choice, 2008) and was a co-author of “Effect of Age on Anthropometric and Performance Measures in Professional Baseball Players” (Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 2013).
Jose is a Certified and Registered (CSCS-R) Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and was the treasurer for the PBSCCS for eight years (2007-2014). He was recognized by his peers (Professional Baseball Strength and Conditioning Society) with the Nolan Ryan Award as MLB Strength Coach of the Year in 2014.
He attended the MLB Scouting Bureau scouting development program in October 2014.
Jose and his wife of 24 years, Anne, reside in Mansfield with children Josannah (19), Helena (15) and Kian (7). Jose’s recreational interests include yoga, snowboarding, surfing and lifting weights, and he has also earned a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu.
Topics covered in this episode:
- Player evaluation and testing
- Heavy in-season lifting
- His best professional baseball story
- “Strength and conditioning is strength and conditioning – I don’t care if it’s Major League or Minor League” (13:47)
- “You gotta know what you believe in” (17:20)
- “This is a people business and you gotta learn how to deal with people” (19:08)
If you would like to learn more from Jose, you can check out his articles on the PBSCCS website:
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