Posts Tagged ‘History’

There are a number of things that each organization in MLB could do to help improve the health, fitness, athleticism and performance of their most important commodity, the players. First, there should be a full-time, certified strength and conditioning coach at every level of professional baseball. As part an...

The emergence of the professional baseball strength and conditioning profession started in 1993 with three American League strength coaches, Fernando Montes (Cleveland Indians), Steve Odgers (Chicago White Sox) and Bob Alejo (Oakland A’s). Montes, who was a member of the National Strength and Conditioning...

Strength and its development emerged as a priority activity among Major League players in the late 1980s. You could see the changes in player size and muscular development from the stands. More clubs were hiring strength coaches and more clubhouses had weight rooms, some even for visiting teams. These rooms were...

Nolan Ryan joined the Houston Astros prior to the 1980 season as the highest-paid player in MLB, earning $1.1 million a year. I received a phone call from the Astros GM, Tal Smith, inviting me to a reception to introduce him as the Astros’ newest member. Prior to the reception, I had never met Nolan. I had...

This posting is the first in a 5-part series that discusses the development of the profession of strength and conditioning coach in professional baseball from its inception in 1976 to present day. This series which was originally published in Performance Conditioning Baseball/Softball in 2014 is being reproduced on...

The emergence of the professional baseball strength and conditioning profession started in 1993 with three American League strength coaches, Fernando Montes (Cleveland Indians), Steve Odgers (Chicago White Sox) and Bob Alejo (Oakland A’s). Montes, who was a member of the National Strength and Conditioning...

Strength and conditioning emerged as a priority activity among Major League players in the late 1980s and early 1990s. You could see the change in player size and body structure in the clubhouse and on the field. More clubs were hiring strength and conditioning coaches and more clubhouses had weight rooms, some even...

My first experience in strength training for professional baseball occurred in the spring of 1976. The minor league field coordinator for the Houston Astros had become a marathon runner. When the organization brought the top minor league prospects to Florida in September for an additional six weeks of Instructional...