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Juan Lagares at fitness camp in Mich., Lucas Duda has lost ten pounds

Juan Lagares has joined Wilmer Flores, Ruben Tejada and Lucas Duda in Michigan for fitness training, according to Tim Rohan of the New York Times.

The fitness program in Michigan is voluntary, with the cost split between the team and any player.

“Sandy Alderson and other team executives decided after the 2013 season that they wanted to offer a more regimented offseason training program for some of their younger players,” Rohan said.

The program is run by Mike Barwis, a former strength and conditioning coach for the University of Michigan’s football program. He was recently hired as a consultant by the Mets.

Rohan says Duda has lost about 10 pounds, as Barwis’ program is focused mainly on balance, explosiveness, strength, speed and flexibility.

“I feel like I’m more coordinated,” Duda told Rohan.

Mets prospects Dominic Smith, Philip Evans, and Patrick Biondi have also participated in the program this winter.


Read more: Before Hitting and Fielding, Young Mets Seek Edge by Running and Stretching (NY Times)

122 comments
John Vittas
John Vittas

This is all good news, the Mets will be relying on these names more than they should in 2014, so if this helps their confidence and puts their bodies in positions to succeed, this is great news. Also, Biondi is from Michigan and went to school in Ann Arbor, so it makes sense that he'd be there.

robny
robny

Players have to split cost ! Will the insults to Met fans ever end ?

sellwilpon
sellwilpon

Are we really posting and discussing the fact that 25 yr 230lb 4a player lost 10lbs in fat camp... Only in the pathetic mets universe is this relevant story.

eric88
eric88

Can they go to a learn to hit camp???

Gilad Guez
Gilad Guez

From some of the pics, it looks like it's working. Flores looks like he's slimmed down significantly. Hopefully this hard work will pay off.

Tarheel11
Tarheel11

To me the Mets should pay the freight. And as far as the people who are saying it's a good way to have them "invest" in their future? These are professional athletes and you need to find ways to make them "invest"? Maybe you need to find more "invested" players

Kevin VanTassell
Kevin VanTassell

Think it's a great idea, and having the players pay part of it a good idea too. Making young players invest in their own future good way to help them grow up.

Ron Davis
Ron Davis

i hope the Mets can have this Michigan place as the official Fat Farm not Phat Farm of the 2014 NY Mets. Good job. now send past Mets like Rusty Staub and Mo Vaughn and Mickey Lolich. lol 


Craig
Craig

These prgorams work and imprive performance.  I have completed both p90x and Insanity, and as a runner, I am much stronger and faster than I have ever been,

MMIAA
MMIAA

its amazing even though it has been completely debunked my the medical field trainers need to keep their jobs and promote stretching........incredible.

cmetsfan
cmetsfan

How's Duda gonna hit for power if he's losing weight to play the OF...they should just move Wright to 1st and Murph or Flores to 3rd.

JoeBourgeois
JoeBourgeois

If the camp works so great, why don't the Wilpons pay the entirety of the fee for those players who want to attend?


aaar2d2
aaar2d2

biggest news out of this is Smith is taking his profession serious this early.

Charlie Callahan
Charlie Callahan

Reading these comments is a reminder why I never read the comments. Your not fans, you are 10 year olds with a keyboard.

MMIAA
MMIAA

this team gets funnier by the day.

Eli Battistoni
Eli Battistoni

Who cares about the Superbowl?  We are 56 days away from Opening Day! 

Macacawitz
Macacawitz

I'll let you in on a little secret.  Most elite level professional athletes will work harder in the off season than they will during the season itself.  The regular season is basically a litmus test for work done in the offseason.  That's how sports at the highest levels works.  It's a 12 month commitment that few have the mental and physical toughness to withstand.  


What these guys are doing is the norm.  It's not going to make them better than their competitors, it's going to allow them to possibly keep pace with their competitors.  The idea that it should somehow be celebrated is ridiculous.  In essence we're congratulating them for doing what most of their peers do on their own.  


The fact that it's presented as some kind of revelation makes it all the more silly.

MetsFan1962
MetsFan1962

Are you kidding me, Duda doesn't possess any of these traits....“balance, explosiveness, strength, speed and flexibility.”

rico
rico

Does every blog post here emanate from the METSMERIZED BLOG? Seems like it. 


I saw some footage of Duda and an interview yesterday, he looks like a different guy, he looks like an athlete not the big farm boy we know.  Then the article on Wilmer and the fact that Tejada has gotten addicted to the training regimen. A far cry from last year when Tejada was sent down for being out of shape. 


Kudos to all these young guys. This wasn't "fat camp" (That would be Duke Univ, where Sid used to go), this is recreating your body and conditioning…(sans steroids).  

mettle
mettle

Are theses players the only ones out of shape, or just the ones with enough disposable income to pay half the cost?

Alan J Tepper
Alan J Tepper

The comment about explosiveness is giving me flashbacks of Mo Vaughn.  Thanks for that :(

Pat Brady
Pat Brady

By FAR the most amazing part of this story is "the cost was SPLIT between the team and the player". Are you kidding me? See, this is what gives Mets fans a lack a hope for the future. 

Mark Kohn
Mark Kohn

@sellwilpon  only in your little fantasy world, the article talks about all the players.

MMIAA
MMIAA

@Gilad Guez there was one pic of flores and you do not have another pic of him in shorts like that to compare to

Kevin VanTassell
Kevin VanTassell

Most of these players have been "given" everything since they were kids, and been able to get by without putting in the extra work needed to go from prospect to Pro.

Having these players willing pay for this, and do the work, in my opinion, says a lot about them.

Tarheel11
Tarheel11

Duda turns 28 today. So you have to help a 28 year old grow up?

eyeballib
eyeballib

@Biggie Technically it says the cost was split between the player and the team. It could've been split 50-50, maybe 75-25, or 90-10.  So lame, but maybe not THAT lame...

Bill Brown
Bill Brown

@JoeBourgeois  When invest in yourself you are more likely to take it serious.  Having skin in the game makes you appreciate it more.  

shinjoooo
shinjoooo

Haha, reading the comments reminds you why you NEVER read the comments? And a person that calls others 10 year olds misuses the word "your".

MMIAA
MMIAA

@MetsFan1962 I know 4 weeks in camp is going to get you all that.         ridiculous.

MMIAA
MMIAA

@rico no half from there and half from Rubin when he is not on vacation.

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@rico  every person on here calling it "fat camp" is just a whiny moron who needs to continue to complain about everything and won't take the time to actually understand what's going on.  

Gregor Kitzis
Gregor Kitzis

@mettle  Oh come on. These are some of the lowest paid players on the team including three guys who just got drafted. 

hashburry
hashburry

@Pat Brady  Agreed.  This is a business expense.  Sad that they make the guys paid the least cough up money to try and improve.  What bean counter came up with that idea?  And are you going to tell me that some of these guys won't skip it because they have to pay?  Unbelievably short sighted.

sylow59
sylow59

"Skin in the game argument" vs "everything the Mets do is wrong, therefore I'm a better Met fan than those that can actually think"

Charlie Callahan
Charlie Callahan

You're correct @shinjoooo. I read it out of poor boredom and the lack of posts/news. I dislike people who complain all the time about the team and the owners. A big payroll doesn't guarantee a title. Have faith in Sandy and his team. Next year we will have Harvey, Wheeler, Syndergaard, Montero, Niese. Potentially historic rotation. Bitching and moaning about not singing a free agent 2nd basemen that has a little market should tell you something. Besides we have one of the best 2b prospects in the league. So yes, 10 year olds lack the ability to think ahead. They want immediate gratification. they want THEIR Power Ranger and they want it now. That's the Yankee way not the Mets. So take YOUR little temper tantrum to the Bronx. Finally, the Wilpons spent big, struck out, now are trying to do it the right way. So keep calling WFAN like the rest of the ignorant so called fans.

nolrog
nolrog

@hashburry We don't know if there's a provision in the CBA that says if there is something in the off-season the team pays for, then it's considered mandatory and against the rules.  Plus, as sylow said, if the guys have to pay some of the cost, then they are more inclined to work harder. 


It's similar to someone giving you something or if you had to work hard to earn it.  When you had to work hard to get it, you treat it that much better and are a lot more careful of damaging it and keeping it clean and working. Similar thing here.

zoddie
zoddie

@eric88 @Charlie Callahan Or Colon.  Or Mejia.  Niese and Gee have been pretty similar in terms of results.  Gee's more consistent, Niese has a higher ceiling.