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September 21, 2012

BP Unfiltered

Drama in Pittsburgh

by R.J. Anderson

Dejan Kovacevic's latest details the Pirates' recent Instructional League workouts. As Kovacevic explains, the Pirates aren't putting their players through your typical baseball drills:

So let’s start with the SEALS activity list I was texted. And bear in mind, these are baseball players:

• Wake up at 5 a.m.

• Organize room/locker

• Pushups and sit-ups

• Serpentine on the grass

• Crab walk

• Running along the beach with a telephone-type pole, carried by five or six players

• Pushing a truck tire through the outfield for 90 feet, then flipping it

• Being sprayed by a hose

• Diving into a sand pile

All with a drill sergeant barking orders throughout

Kovacevic also includes an email from Pirates assistant general manager Kyle Stark. The contents aren't as crazy as you might expect, though the presentation, namely an allusion to a motorcycle gang, is going over poorly.

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Bradley Ankrom

Turning boys into men into pirates.

Sep 21, 2012 10:38 AM
rating: 0

Did the Pittsburgh Pirates accidentally borrow a workout plan from the Somali Pirates?

Sep 21, 2012 11:38 AM
rating: 1
Richard Bergstrom

Eh, a workout that doesn't involve lunges isn't that torturous. I hated lunges.

Sep 21, 2012 12:44 PM
rating: 2
Peter Hood

Given the number of hamstring, oblique and related muscle injuries that seem to occur, the idea of improving the general fitness level of baseball players seems, to me at least, to be long overdue.

Sep 22, 2012 03:29 AM
rating: 1

Was the order of the hose spray and the sand pile dive switched? It would seem to make a lot more sense the other way unless the (presumably in public and still dressed in workout clothes) hose spray was actually intended to be punitive.

Sep 22, 2012 07:53 AM
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Richard Bergstrom

If they think that's bad, I hear living in Pittsburgh is hell.

Sep 22, 2012 16:06 PM
rating: -2
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