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THE BOYS OF SUMMER Like the Swallows of Capistrano or Snowbirds to Lee County, baseball fans count on the return of The Minnesota Twins to Hammond Stadium and the Century Link Sports Complex every February. When the big league club breaks camp in late March, however, Hammond transforms to the Home of The Fort Myers Miracle, its Single A affiliate and 2015 defending champion of The Florida State League. Twenty-five young men generally between the ages of 19 to 25 will call Hammond home this Summer, with a couple moving down but hopefully most moving up the Twins organization. While here, their physical and in some sense mental and emotional well-being are literally in the hands of Miracle Strength-&-Conditioning Coach Kyle Schutts. A graduate of Long Beach State University, Schutts can relate to a lot of his charges this season, as this is his first year in Fort Myers with the Miracle and Twins. He finds for his profession baseball may be the most unique challenge of all major sports because of the specialization required for its various 66 Innovative Health Magazine in 150 days so we need to manage the workload of our players to maximize their ability while allowing adequate time for rest and natural recovery.” Schutts describes baseball as a game of specialization composed of players who are themselves specialists, and as such each requires their own unique fitness program. “Basically half the roster is position players, with pitchers making up the rest. But the pitchers come in two groups – our six-man starting rotation who usually get in one game-a-week, while relief pitchers can often throw three or four games weekly. What the throwing motion does to the human arm, at the shoulder and elbow, is a science all onto its own.” Kyle has position players stretch, do light exercise, and game preparation prior to a 7:05 First Pitch at 4 p.m. Following Home games there is a lifting session in the new state-of-the-art Strength-&-Training headquarters in the depths of Hammond playing positions. “In almost every other endeavor you train the athlete to a peak because you may only play 2 or 3 games each week, and even though football is so physical it is just once-a-week so there is time to recover then build up to the next game. But in baseball we can play 140 times


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