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The Baseball Zone | Nov 24, 2015 7:30:00 AM

Edwin Encarnacion Training Day at The Baseball Zone

The Baseball Zone hosted an exciting day of baseball training on Sunday, November 22nd as Toronto Blue Jays slugger Edwin Encarnacion arrived with 40 lucky kids of all levels and ages to help raise much needed funding for the youth in his native Dominican Republic. With the help of the volunteers from the Edwin Encarnacion Foundation, The Sunrise Foundation DR and sponsorship from Accenture, Rick Johnston and Ryan Armstrong  ran the players through skills and drills that made for a highly entertaining day for everyone. 


Topics: Toronto Blue Jays, The Baseball Zone, Canada, Edwin Encarnacion

The Baseball Zone | Nov 12, 2015 9:42:33 PM

Exciting Future Unfolding for The Baseball Zone

The Baseball Zone is excited to announce that it has a new partner in its business operations effective November 6th, 2015.

Mike and Nicole Tevlin will be partnering with current Baseball Zone owner Rick Johnston in ushering in the next era of a business that has historically had tremendous success in developing baseball and softball players of all ages and playing levels. The elite, indoor baseball training complex fosters an understanding and love for the game like no other and employs the very best training philosophies, equipment and staff to fully assist athletes to reach their goals.


Topics: SST Mississauga, Sports, The Baseball Zone, Canada

Kevin Hussey | Oct 16, 2015 6:00:00 AM

Why Did John Gibbons Pitch David Price in Game 4 of the ALDS?

There are only a select few people who know why David Price came into pitch in Game 4 of the ALDS for the Toronto Blue Jays against the Texas Rangers. Everyone has their own theory on why it happened, although most likely no one outside of that select circle will ever know for sure.

Now, it all worked out for the Blue Jays. They won Game 4. Then they won Game 5 in an epic battle. But the Game 4 moves remain an interesting debate and story that has kept me thinking. After trying to figure out all the different scenarios that made that decision make sense, I've come to the conclusion that John Gibbons didn't want to publicly choose Marcus Stroman over Price without having an acceptable reason to.


Topics: baseball coaching, pitching, Toronto Blue Jays, mlb, Texas Rangers, Jake Arrieta, John Gibbons, Marcus Stroman, starting pitching, Chicago Cubs, David Price, R.A. Dickey, relief pitching

Courtney Plewes | Oct 14, 2015 11:55:00 AM

Mobility vs Flexibility and Why it Matters to Baseball Players

With the changing of the seasons outside comes a subsequent change in training seasons, where many summer sports are transitioning into their off-season. As athletes start to file in from a long summer of playing the sport they love, a common theme emerges - these athletes cannot move. They have experienced a significant reduction in their mobility. As I watch them perform their dynamic warm-ups I notice shorter strides, grimacing faces, partial ranges of motion…I could go on and on. It is tough to watch because I know that it is going to take some time to work through these mobility issues before we can get to the phase where we make them better than last season. With off-seasons becoming increasingly shorter, valuable non-competitve training time is being wasted regaining lost mobility instead of being used to make serious physical gains. 


Topics: warming up, in-season strength training, off-season strength training, baseball off-season, injury prevention, baseball warm up, ankle mobility, ankle mobs, glenohumeral joint, mobility, sports performance, flexibility, range of motion, hip mobility, thoracic mobility, shoulder stability, shoulder mobility

Ryan Armstrong | Oct 8, 2015 12:02:31 PM

Dear MLB - What is Up With the Blue Jays' Game Times?

Dear MLB,

Am I happy to have playoff baseball back in Toronto? Yes! Am I happy about the start times of the ALDS? No! It would be easy to say that we are being put on the back burner to accommodate big market teams in the US (despite Toronto being a larger market than any of the other cities playing today...I wonder if you know???). But market size impact aside, I truly believe there are other things to be considered.


Topics: baseball playoffs, baseball, canadian baseball, Toronto Blue Jays, mlb, Canada, hockey, Texas Rangers, Texas

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