February 26th, 2012

A day at Spring Training with Cameron Maybin

Each day at Spring Training can be a whirlwind of activity. Bouncing from station to station, working either in the cage or off the mound, hitting the weight room, team meetings and interviews…all before noon.

This morning, Cameron Maybin was kind enough to let us follow him around to document his day. Hopefully this will give you an idea of what it’s like to be a Major League player as you spend six weeks in the desert, preparing your body for the 162 game season ahead.

For Maybin, like most players, his day starts around 7:00 a.m. as he arrives at the Peoria Sports Complex. On a typical day, he’ll grab a quick breakfast before heading off to the weight room to warm up around 7:30. By 8:00 he is in the batting cage taking some early cuts prior to the daily 9:00 team meeting. What happens next depends on the daily schedule posted in the clubhouse.

On most days (like today), Maybin will join his teammates for running, stretching, then throwing. As the pitchers and infielders break off for fielding practice, the outfielders meet up for some defensive work of their own.  The team then breaks into small groups of about 4-5 and cycles through stations for the rest of the afternoon, fitting in some time for the batting cages, BP on Field 1, baserunning drills and outfield work.

The formal workout is over by 11:30 each day, leaving time for players to get in some extra work in the cage or a lift in the weight room.

Click through the slide show below to check out Maybin’s day, and thanks again to Cameron for letting us harass follow him all day. Click HERE for some video of Maybin taking BP this morning:

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