It's early February, and in the coming week pitchers and catchers will begin reporting to spring training to prepare for the 2018 MLB season. They'll soon be followed by position players for a month of warmups before the season officially gets underway.
"Pitchers and catchers report" is the magic phrase that signals to baseball fans that the season is on the horizon. Though, for some players, the physicality involved with being able withstand a grueling 162-game season requires year-long prep.
Including spring training and potentially the postseason, some players will participate in upwards of 200 games in a given season. Pulling off such a feat means being in peak physical form all year.
What follows are our 10 favorite off-season workouts that we've found on Instagram.
10. CC Sabathia, New York Yankees
9. Noah Syndergaard, New York Mets
A post shared by Noah Syndergaard (@nsyndergaard) on Dec 18, 2017 at 3:03pm PST
8. Luis Severino, New York Yankees
A post shared by Luis Severino (@severino40) on Nov 23, 2017 at 1:17pm PST
7. Carlos Santana, Philadelphia Phillies
A post shared by carlos santana (@slamtana_41) on Jan 17, 2018 at 10:39am PST
6. Jason Kipnis, Cleveland Indians
A post shared by Jason Kipnis (@jasonkipnis22) on Jan 5, 2018 at 5:01pm PST
5. Jose Reyes, New York Mets
It takes courage to decide to be the best you can be and even after you make this courageous decision it takes effort, on top of effort, on top of effort... are you really up for the challenge? If you are you’re gonna have to prove it, not to the world but to the man in the mirror. One step forward is one step closer to the goal #gohardorgohome #Calmate
A post shared by Jose Reyes (@lamelaza_7) on Jan 25, 2018 at 1:49pm PST
4. Andrew McCutchen, San Francisco Giants
3. Yunel Escobar, free agent
A post shared by ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀Yｕｎｅｌ Eｓｃｏｂａｒ (@yunelescobar_5) on Jan 9, 2018 at 2:40pm PST
2. Giancarlo Stanton, New York Yankees
A post shared by Giancarlo Stanton (@giancarlo818) on Jan 6, 2018 at 3:48pm PST
1. Marcus Stroman, Toronto Blue Jays
A post shared by Marcus Stroman (@mstrooo6) on Jan 27, 2018 at 7:48am PST