Several people have asked what baseball players are doing this time of the year. Since I just talked to Brett Gardner this week, I’ll let him answer that question. He won the World Series on November 4, and then…
“Pretty much take off about five weeks,” Gardner said. “So I started back in the middle of December. Been doing a lot more running and a lot more core stuff.”
During his early winter workouts, Gardner mapped out his offseason. He thought about the things that went right and the things that went wrong last season, “That way I’d have some things to work on when I picked up a bat again,” he said.
It was right after Christmas that Gardner started hitting. He went to the cage a few times around the holidays, took his family on a vacation just after the new year, and went back to work when he got back to South Carolina. Right now he’s hitting three or four times a week, including some bunting drills. Gardner said he’ll be hitting every day by January 20 or 25. He plans to leave for spring training in the first week of February.
“I’m anxious to get back after it,” he said. “But it’ll be here before we know it.”
As for his expectations for spring training, I’ve already written that Gardner expects a fight for the starting left field job.
“I definitely feel more a part of the team (this year),” Gardner said. “Let’s face it, a year ago this time, I was coming off a pretty tough year. I’d been up there the last couple of months and it just didn’t work out the way we wanted it to. This year was just great. The best eight months in my life as far as my baseball career has gone. We’ve got a great group of guys coming back, just as good of a team, if not better.”