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Zack Greinke attributes higher velocity to working out less

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Satchel Paige was famously quoted as saying, “I don’t generally like running. I believe in training by rising gently up and down from the bench.” He also, in his famous six tips about “how to keep young” said “avoid running at all times.”

So, make no mistake: arguably the greatest pitcher in baseball history says not to work out very much if you can help it.

Zack Greinke is one of the best pitchers of his era. And while he didn’t cite Paige directly today, he certainly channeled him when speaking after tossing three shutout innings in his spring training outing against the Marlins. It was an outing in which he was hitting 91 on the radar gun, which is pretty hot for Greinke at this stage of his career. Specifically in spring training, where in the past he has routinely found himself mired in the mid to upper 80s in many seasons.

To what does he attribute his better veloicty this spring? Greinke:

“Threw more in the offseason, and . . . did some less workouts. So, workout less. Feel better when I workout less.”

The reporter asked him if it was a concerted effort to work out less. Greinke said “Yeah.”

Less is more, baby. Video:

Japanese Baseball to begin June 19

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Japanese League commissioner Atsushi Saito announced that Japan’s professional baseball season will open on June 19. Teams can being practice games on June 2. There will be no fans. Indeed, the league has not yet even begun to seriously discuss a plan for fans to begin attending games, though that may happen eventually.

The season will begin three months after its originally scheduled opening day of March 20. It will be 120 games long. Teams in each six-team league — the Central League and Pacific League — will play 24 games against each league opponent. There will be no interleague play and no all-star game.

The announcement came in the wake of a national state of emergency being lifted for both Tokyo and the island of Hokkaido. The rest of the country emerged from the state of emergency earlier this month. This will allow the Japanese leagues to follow leagues in South Korea and Taiwan which have been playing for several weeks.

In the United States, Major League Baseball is hoping to resume spring training in mid June before launching a shortened regular season in early July. That plan is contingent on the league and the players’ union coming to an agreement on both financial arrangements and safety protocols for a 2020 season. Negotiations on both are ongoing. Major League Baseball will, reportedly, make a formal proposal about player compensation tomorrow.