Ruben Tejada back to Michigan for conditioning program

Ruben Tejada will return to Michigan for an offseason conditioning program (Puma).

Tejada, with Lucas Duda, Wilmer Flores, Dominic Smith and other minor leaguers, went to a four-week fitness and nutrition camp in Michigan earlier in the offseason (MLB.com).

“We saw this as a great opportunity to get certain people in a concentrated program, with oversight from somebody who works directly for us,” Sandy Alderson said in November (Rubin). “Each of the players is there for a different reason. There’s nothing punitive about it. It’s really an opportunity. And we’ve heard back from a number of them that they’re having a terrific time.”




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Scott DeFrancesco
Scott DeFrancesco

We haven't had a good Shortstop other than Reyes since Elster left!

coppola8
coppola8

judging by some of these comments id imagine not many people will understand this. there are MAYBE 30 people on earth who can play MLB SS. Do you understand how insane that is? Everyone should be at world renowned training centers improving themselves physically. Compared to elite athletes most baseball players are glorified beer league softball players. They happen to have a genetic defect that allows them to throw a ball through a wall, about half of them happen to also be able to hit a fastball. All in 1000 people on earth even able to sniff MLB. INFINITISMAL.. Most HS wrestlers are better conditioned than 75 percent of MLB players. 

Chris Stevens
Chris Stevens

Someone lose his ticket while he's there so he cant make it to FL...

ladymetfan
ladymetfan

Oh, Michigan in January...vs. Port Saint Lucie in January? Oh, it's PUNITIVE allrighty!

Sidd
Sidd

For a team with no money, the Mets have invested quite a bit in Tejada's conditioning, this off-season.  What that tells me is that Tejada is our shortstop for 2014.  Forget Drew.  They are saving their SS money for Hanley Ramirez in 2015, when Harvey returns and we are in a position to compete seriously in the East.  If Tejada breaks through ... even better.  Embrace Tejada, he is our guy.

Nelson I Rodriguez
Nelson I Rodriguez

Matt: What I really want to know is, since the mets are "comfortable" with Ruben (for now), what are their plans if he has a setback? Considering he's coming off a leg injury that happened late in the season.

vimets
vimets

Hmmm .... I wonder why Ike Davis isn't there.

exileinla
exileinla

"And we’ve heard back from a number of them that they’re having a terrific time.”

Of course, ZERO is "a number"...

maxster
maxster

Tejada fly ball outs will now travel 15 more feet , great!

Ron Davis
Ron Davis

The guy was not obese  they make him sound like he needed to lose 40lbs where ?

Dave Bradley
Dave Bradley

I hope he gets snowed in and is forced to stay in Michigan forever.

Macacawitz
Macacawitz

It's good to know that the Mets see the need to send multiple players to fat camp.  Their scouting is staff might want to start drafting kids who have actually learned to use a knife and fork.  Having to train at least 4 players who might be on your roster come opening day how to eat seems a little bizarre.  These are professional athletes at the highest level.  You think they would have figured it out by now.  

Macacawitz
Macacawitz

Why does this sound idiotic?  Most teams would probably, I guess, set him up with a doctor, a trainer and a dietician  at their winter facility.  Is his situation so dire that the only people that can help him are somewhere in Michigan?  

Mitch
Mitch

They should send Tejada to Belize.

hankincolo
hankincolo

Does this mean he flunked fat camp?

Zac Tindall
Zac Tindall

The fact is Ruben tejada will come into camp in great condition and he wants to go back to camp last year and year before it was part of his problem looks to me like he wants it more this camp could be a blessing in disguise short stop wise I can't say the same for duda but it's gotta be a good thing for tejada

cver
cver

Yeah, with the weather the way it's been, sending Ruben to Michigan is like sending him to Siberia.

magma123
magma123

I'm sure he'd rather be in Panama today....

Brad Houser
Brad Houser

in July we are going to look back at this conditioning progam and laugh hard when Tejada is hitting .230 and Duda is hitting .220 with 8 homers and 13 RBI

Sylvan Migdal
Sylvan Migdal

@Nelson I Rodriguez  Right now, probably lots of Wilfredo Tovar.


If they're desperate, they could turn to Anthony Seratelli, Danny Muno, Matt Reynolds, or (gulp) Wilmer Flores. Although realistically, they'd probably just grab a Quintanilla type on waivers if it came to that.

Sylvan Migdal
Sylvan Migdal

@bobblehead We'd all love to have a significant upgrade over Tejada.


The question with Drew is whether Sandy can get him on a deal that won't cripple the team's ability to keep upgrading over the next 2-3 years, given his understanding of how broke the Wilpons are...

mojorisin
mojorisin

@vimets Ike was sent to aversion therapy camp, where they show him a continuous video reel of low and away curve balls set to Beethoven's 9th

Robby Johnson
Robby Johnson

Camps like this focus on a variety of things, not just weight loss.  It's more of strength training and agility-based workouts.

Robby Johnson
Robby Johnson

It probably sounds idiotic because you choose to interpret it that way?  If you're narrow-minded enough to assume that the Mets are the only team that does this, you're just a tad out of touch.

More often then not, trainers for professional teams have their own businesses and facilities on the side during the offseason that run camps like this.

rico
rico

@magma123 I know I'd rather be in Panama today.  brrrrr

The Feels band
The Feels band

Man, I really don't know why people hate Tejada so much. He's not great, but he's young and pretty decent. I really believe he can come back and make everyone kinda forget about SS for at least a year. Can we remember 2010-2012? 

Robby Johnson
Robby Johnson

People want Drew so badly - the same guy whose had 1 decent season in his past 3.


People hate on Tejada so badly - a 24 year old that's had 1 poor season in his past 3.

mjkru10
mjkru10

@The Feels I think it's more disappointment than hatred.  This is a guy who had a chance to grab the SS job by the throat last year, and came into camp completely out of shape.  I certainly remember his solid D and fantastic at-bats, but he has a long way to go to earn back everybody's trust.  Drew would be an upgrade, but if Tejada gets back to playing the way he has the difference is not enough to justify the kind of money it would take to sign him.  

The Feels band
The Feels band

@mjkru10 @The Feels True, but he's young. Humans aren't perfect. Maybe he needed this. Maybe you're all right and he's terrible and will regress until he's out of the game... but maybe.. just maybe, he's a pretty good ball player and had a bad year. Maybe he was depressed? There's so much stuff that's possible and contributed to his year. I mean, look at Prince Fielder.. I mean obviously i'm not comparing their production, but with his wife problems, he really took it onto the field. I haven't the faintest clue if Tejada "Went through something" last year, or maybe he was just lazy.. but he deserves at least another years look at shortstop. 

coppola8
coppola8

@mjkru10 @The Feels its misplaced, theres less than 50 people walking the planet who can play league average ss in MLB, he may or may not be one of them