The Mets announced they have named Jim Malone Strength and Conditioning Coordinator.
Malone, 45, was the Mets’ Strength and Conditioning Coach in 2002. He was the minor league Strength and Conditioning coordinator for the Kansas City Royals from 2000-2001 and the Cleveland Indians minor league Strength and Conditioning Coordinator from 2004-2005.
Malone spent the previous seven seasons as the head Strength and Conditioning Coach for the San Diego Padres.
Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com:
My first reaction was: The Padres? Really? They had so many injuries the last year or so, specifically on their pitching staff. However, after reading more about it, they did the same conditioning routine last year as they did the years before (when injuries their were way down), all of which prompted Malone to work with MLB last summer on trying to understand why injuries are up all across baseball. To be fair, Malone seemed to work on staffs that had lots of injuries, and also worked on staffs that had few and made the playoffs. So, who knows what one has to do with the other. Personally, I still contend the biggest difference maker between days-on-the-DL and not-on-the-DL has more to do with the communication between the players and training staff and management than it does with how they stretch or what they lift. Anyway, I assume this is someone Sandy Alderson and Paul DePodesta know well and trust, since they all worked together in San Diego a few years back.
Malone has been the President of the Professional Baseball Strength & Conditioning Coaches Society since 2009. He also serves on three committees for the commissioner’s office and Major League Baseball: the Strength & Conditioning Advisory Committee, the Medical Advisory Committee, and the Medical Records Committee.