Former major leaguer Gabe Kapler is the Dodgers Director of Player Development. His passion, however, is for healthy living and healthy lifestyles. He has written for a couple of years now on the topic, talking about nutrition, exercise and all-around self-improvement. He’s crazy positive and, at age 40, is in better shape than a lot of ballplayers 15 years younger than him. So it’s a good idea to listen to what he has to say on the topic.
At least most of it. Because personally I’m having a hard time getting behind his latest suggestion:
If you want to be your strongest, get some sun on your boys. And by boys, I mean your testicles . . .
He’s not suggesting it for fun, though I’m sure it’d be a blast. He’s talking about Vitamin D deficiencies, you see. Which, as a guy who is inside way, way too much, I can relate to. My doctor has me taking Vitamin D supplements and I can really tell the difference when I’m not up to decent Vitamin D levels. Kapler cites some older studies about how D-absorption is way more potent when the sun is applied to the, um, undercarriage than other parts of your body. So:
Revealing your balls to nature will be freeing, and it might just help you be your strongest and fastest.
The Dodgers have a forward-thinking front office and, as we learned in “Moneyball,” exploiting every possible inefficiency can be the difference between winning and losing. As such, I hope Kapler is put in charge of future uniform improvements for the Dodgers. If so, they may be playing in something that looks like this:
(Thanks to Marc Normandin for the heads up)
MILWAUKEE — The Brewers had two players and a staff member test positive for the coronavirus at their alternate training site in Appleton, Wisconsin.
Milwaukee president of baseball operations David Stearns confirmed the positive results Saturday and said they shouldn’t impact the major league team. Teams are using alternate training sites this season to keep reserve players sharp because the minor league season was canceled due to the pandemic.
Stearns said the positive tests came Monday and did not name the two players or the staff member. Players must give their permission for their names to be revealed after positive tests.
The entire camp was placed in quarantine.
“We have gone through contact tracing,” Stearns said. “We do not believe it will have any impact at all on our major league team. We’ve been fortunate to get through this season relatively unscathed in this area. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to get all the way there at our alternate site.”
Milwaukee entered Saturday one game behind the Reds and Cardinals for second place in the NL Central, with the top two teams qualifying for the postseason.
The Brewers still will be able to take taxi squad players with them on the team’s trip to Cincinnati and St. Louis in the final week of the season. He said those players have had repeated negative tests and the team is “confident” there would be no possible spread of the virus.
“Because of the nature of who these individuals were, it’s really not going to affect the quarantine group at all,” Stearns said. “We’re very fortunate that the group of players who could potentially be on a postseason roster for us aren’t interacting all that much with the individuals that tested positive.”