In anticipation of the 2011 baseball season, we are pleased to announce the debut of the New Balance Baseball Channel, found only at STACK.com. [This should dispel any misconceptions that New Balance is strictly for running enthusiasts.]
Before you click and run to the new program, continue reading for a scouting report on featured New Balance players.
Colby Lewis. The right-handed starting pitcher posted a 3-0 record in the 2010 postseason, becoming the first pitcher in Texas Rangers history to win a playoff home game. He pitched 201 innings in 2010, and he expects an even bigger workload this season, which is why he teamed up with fitness coach Pat Brown in Lewis' hometown of Bakersfield, Calif. Twice a week in the off-season, Lewis hit the Hour of Power circuit workout with authority before his afternoon throwing sessions.
The 6'4" Lewis mostly deals a fastball/slider combination. He has great command of his four-seam fastball, and his slider is very capable of making bats miss.
Dustin Pedroia. The American League's Most Valuable Player in 2008 played only 75 games last year before a broken foot ended his season. Prior to the injury, Pedroia was on pace to achieve career bests in the power categories, including runs batted in and home runs.
Pedroia's return from injury won't be the first time he has battled through adversity. At 5'9", he has faced adversity throughout his career. In an exclusive interview on the New Balance channel, Pedroia shares his inspirational story and offers advice on sharpening mental skills.
Skip Schumaker. Following an admittedly disappointing 2010 season, Schumaker teamed up with a new performance expert in Orange County, and dedicated himself to a 16-week off-season workout program. In this, his 16th and final week, the St. Louis Cardinals leadoff hitter is raring to go, as evidenced by his intention to report to spring training camp a week early, with the team's pitchers and catchers.
Entering his fifth season in the bigs, Schumaker is a converted second baseman. He made the switch from the outfield in 2009. Despite having the 2B position all but locked up, he spent recent afternoons on the UC Irvine campus, working to improve all aspects of his defensive skills.
Visit the New Balance Baseball Channel for more than 30 training, hitting, fielding and interview videos from the 2011 New Balance lineup.
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