How the Blue Jays can “Return to High Performance”

The Toronto Blue Jays High Performance team is aspirational and successful, but based on the number of injuries to start this 2021 season presents the strongest reason for adaptation!

TORONTO, CANADA – NOVEMBER 2: Mark Shapiro is introduced as president of the Toronto Blue Jays during a press conference on November 2, 2015 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

When the management team headed by Mark Shapiro came to town, they had a proven resume of 24 years in Cleveland, working miracles with tight, tight budgets.  A tip of the cap to him and the team that he assembled around him and the work that they have done with Dunedin in what will for decades to come be referred to as the strangest of times, especially when they are allowed to return to Toronto to play!

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However, the one area that many are calling into question this year is the “High Performance Team” he created under Angus Mugford.  I would not say it’s broken, but it clearly is lacking 2 key elements ….inextricably….. intertwined.

All of these rips, tears, stretches, strains best exemplified this past weekend by our strong addition to catcher  “Kirk” ,

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 15: Alejandro Kirk #85 of the Toronto Blue Jays follows through on a swing during the sixth inning against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on September 15, 2020 in the Bronx borough of New York City. The Yankees won 20-6. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)


our $150M man Springer (who appears to still not have recovered from a spring training injury) along with the plethora of pitchers continuing to total 11 players on the IL and almost 280 lost man-games speaks to the PROBLEM.  

Once the money is out of the safe, there is no doubt that there has been a robbery!

Stretches and tears are preventable.  How?  True yoga.  Especially in such a quick twitch sport (where you are cool and have to call on 100% in a flash).

However, you will never get men, let alone macho men to do yoga given the misperception.  So how to rebrand yoga and make it masculine?  


Yoga rebranded by a former wrestler tired of suffering from a career of injuries culminating in a broken back.  Does it work?  Yes Yoga works, and this is yoga rebranded for the masculine men of sport, as lifted directly from the DDPY About Page will:

for a guy who “wouldn’t be caught dead” doing yoga, or anything like it.

Personally I’ve have never taken a single class of DDPY, but can attest to my first hot yoga class, which after 90 minutes required all of the strength I could muster to get my gym bag over my shoulder.

The second and more difficult to implement is to truly take preventive steps right from the way you walk, to treating any malady you might be feeling that day, not just the injuries.

I am not a Doctor and not until I suffered back pain for 25 years did I succumb to allowing a Doctor of Chiropractic medicine touch my back and neck. Once I did, I never looked back, regardless of the affliction, he was the first person I turned to.

He also provided pain and symptom relief through fixing my gait and musculoskeletal system through acupuncture. From eliminating pain, to improving the way I walk, to using the full force of his understanding of the body Dr. Derek Lee would often identify the source of the problem as emanating from somewhere else in the body rather than the source of the pain.

But traditional medicine has yet to embrace these Doctors.  If they did there would be less pills, along with significantly less pain and suffering or complications from drug interaction.

This 2 pronged proactive and preventative approach is what the Toronto Blue Jays need today.  But it will be a battle as traditional medicine will often not embrace what is proposed, unless of course they realize the Doctor is already within the organization? 


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