In a sport that exalts eating enthusiast Babe Ruth as the greatest player of all time, it’s clear that staying in good shape isn’t necessarily a requirement in professional baseball. Ruth’s legacy lives on in big sluggers like Prince Fielder and Miguel Cabrera, but now, in a (mainly) post-steroid MLB, several players look to stay ahead of the pack by going hard at the gym—supplementing their daily dose of baseball with strength training, sprints and injury prevention exercises to help them through a long grind of a season.
The intent, of course, is to have the longevity of a guy like Derek Jeter, who just capped off a 20-year career with hit No. 3,465 (6th all time) in Boston on the last day of the season. Diligent off-the-field preparation helped him achieve such an extensive, healthy career, in which he did everything from squats and deadlifts to yoga in order to play a boy’s game past the age of 40.
Like Jeter, the guys on this list are all thoroughly devoted to rigorous workout regimens and have gotten results. Many of them are at the forefront of the sport thanks to all that extra work.
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