7 Yoga Poses Baseball Players Should Do In-Season

Giancarlo Stanton's yoga trainer Kent Katich suggests moves baseball players can do to avoid injuries on the diamond.

Giancarlo Stanton's power at the plate isn't due only to his powerful guns. He also regularly practices yoga, which helps keep him flexible and injury-free.

You might not notice it—or if you do, you might not recognize it. But if you pay close attention to MLB players during their games, you'll likely spot them sneaking in some yoga—or at least yoga-inspired stretches—on the field.

Most of their moves are not as flashy as Ichiro Suzuki's dynamic stretching routine in the on-deck circle. More commonly, you'll see outfielders like the Florida Marlins' Giancarlo Stanton bending over in a Forward Fold to stretch the back of his legs between pitches. Stanton's yoga coach, Kent Katich, says that stretches like that are not just an idle way to pass the time, but are part of a plan for keeping the athlete's body in top shape all season.

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Topics: BASEBALL | STRETCHING | YOGA | BASEBALL WORKOUTS | BASEBALL TRAINING AND TIPS FROM MLB STARS