As not only look and watch the current Brewers and remember their past, we should also be conjuring up ideas about what they need to do for a successful future. Here's a couple of my ideas for thought:
Injury prevention and maintaining good health, As we research the past couple of years, we know that one of the areas where the Brewers have had significant difficulties in the number of player games lost to injury. What can be done differently? The ultimate goal is to set about a strategy for each player to have a plan to be able to perform at his maximum capability and that involves staying healthy. Should we consider that each and every player is different in terms of physical and mental make up? Would it make sense for the team to have on staff Physical Therapists Phd's? Then, that person could develop strength and flexibility regimens for each player according to their physical makeups and capabilities. This would include pre-game regimen, post game regimen, and very importantly, off season routines each player follows to maintain strength and flexibility to perform at a high level. This person, the PT, would of course work as a member of the medical staff as well. And PLEASE, let us not forget the value of vision. It is well known that men at the age levels most players are, moving from younger men to a higher level of maturity, have vision changes that take place. Therefore, having on staff, or contracting with a quality level optometrist so each player could have vision testing twice during the year, beginning and middle, would be possible. I would bet right now, that at least half of the players on the Brewers team have vision changes they're not even aware of.
Use of Digital visual comparison. Every player goes through different streaks of being "hot" and being in "slumps" during the year. This happens to both hitters and pitchers. It is my belief that understanding the physics and mechanics of the game for each player are very important. Therefore, why not store digital videos of each player's performance when that player is performing at a high level? Then, when a player seems to be entering into a "slump," take a video of that as well. Then take the time for a coach and the player to sit down and watch a video of each "good" and "bad" in slow motion comparison next to each other. Also, why not color differentiate each and overlay one over the other, then play in very slow motion to pick up details of how the "good" varies from the "bad." Since I am also a photographer, I've taken a series of pictures of pitchers, Burns and Hader as well as hitters, in high speed, say 10 to 11 shots a second while they're in their delivery or in their hitting approach. When you go back and replay them, it becomes very interesting as to their body mechanical approach as to both pitching and hitting. For example, I've picked up on Freddie Peralta's front foot placement differential when he's very good and when he's struggling. When he's good it's more straight at the plate, when he's bad, it's off to the right side of the plate. Using digital comparisons or high speed camera takes allows all of these details to be picked up. I might add that the days of using a coach who throws batting practice are over. Using pitching machines which can be used off the mound, instead of half-way to the plate, and the ability for the machine to vary pitches, is a much better approach for the batter to concentrate on body control, body movement, and swing flow. Once upon a time when I coached high school and college ball during the summer, we used two jugs machines in everything we did -hitting, infield practice, outfield practice, etc. It allows the coaches to concentrate on what and how the players are doing alot more.
That's my take. If you want to read more about player regimens and how they work to achieve maximum performance, pick up a book by Nolan Ryan wherein he discusses all of his regimens, diet, etc. Let us remember he threw a no hitter when he was 40 and really, no one will ever match his strike out records. Fascinating stuff-really. Thanks for reading. Love your feedback.
Greg-(the old coach).