Written By: Michael Dimock
A day in the life of a baseball player isn’t quite as simple as you’d imagine. For those who don’t know, there isn’t a timesheet where we clock in, log eight hours a day, clock out and repeat Monday to Friday, enjoying those weekends completely off and getting some time away from the office.
I will take you through a normal day in my shoes, shedding some light on what it takes to be a baseball player.
My alarm sets off a few rings at roughly 8-8:30 a.m. depending on what time our game finished the previous night. If we’ve had a rough travel schedule, such as getting back around 2 a.m. on a bus trip or going into extra innings and finishing late, I add in a few snoozes. Ideally it’s important for me to get around 7-8 hours of sleep in order for my body to fully recover. I do enjoy getting up a little early to make some breakfast and move around before going to the baseball field. Whether I take my family to the park or play a quick 9-hole round of golf, I believe it is important to move around and get some personal things done before arriving at the field.
For breakfast I make three eggs, a bowl of oatmeal, and a smoothie consisting of spinach, blueberries, strawberries, and almond milk. Usually my breakfast stays the same, while the other meals of the day tend to change, but this first early meal is a staple in my day.
If we are on the road I try to get out and see the town - find a coffee shop where I can read a book for a while or a local restaurant. When at home, there are several spots that my family and I visit often. A few blocks away there is a health food store called Grubbs. We make frequent trips to get some groceries and meal prep for the week. There’s another place in town called Quench that has some amazing juices to take home. We recently purchased one from there with beets, apples, celery, and carrots - it’s an easy way to incorporate extra fruits and veggies and comes in a large glass bottle that we can enjoy over several days. They also sell farm fresh eggs that we like to buy each week.
Around 11 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. I have a small snack consisting of a protein shake with Modus plant-based chocolate protein, along with a super foods green drink.
I get dropped off at the field around 12:30 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. in the afternoon, then get dressed and start my warmup routine, which is catered to me personally. I usually start with a variety of exercises: running on the treadmill, brisk walking, rolling out on a foam roller, rolling on a lacrosse ball, and getting stretched out. This is some of the preparation I always do before our stretch time even begins. It helps get my body loose and ready for the day while maintaining mobility, flexibility and not getting tight after traveling or playing.
After completing my warmup routine, I make lunch. My go-to lately has been an avocado, turkey, and mustard sandwich with a side of fruit. Other days, I will bring salmon from home and have that on a salad with balsamic dressing. As you may notice I do eat quite a bit, but these are just small “snacks” as I call them just to keep my energy levels steady throughout the day.
Next my actual work day starts. We have team stretch followed by pitchers throwing and getting our pregame warm-up throws in the bullpen. Once finished, we move onto our dreaded conditioning (running isn’t very high on my list of things to do, but it comes with the territory). We then go into batting practice, mixing in some pitcher fielding drills, bunt plays, and house keeping items before we get into competition.
After the drills are complete, we head back to the clubhouse to hang out and prepare for the game. Our clubhouse manager provides meals for the team. It usually consists of some type of protein accompanied with fruits and greens. During this time I add a small fruit smoothie with the meal provided. Game time hits around 7 o’clock - this is when it's really time to lock in and focus. Thirty minutes prior to the game I plug in my headphones and play music to get ready. I am a reliever so I never know when I will throw, but must be prepared to get ready when my name is called. In my preparation for the game, I have a cup of coffee and my Power ON supplement. For the games where I do throw, I’ll have a quick lift afterwards, arm care, core, and finish off with icing my arm. These exercises help the recovery process so it is easier on the body to bounce back if we’re required to throw back-to-back days.
Post game, we have another meal provided and then head home for a little cool down time. By the time we get home it’s between 11 p.m. and midnight, making the recovery time very vital in the optimal performance formula. I have some relaxing time with the family before taking my Power OFF supplement. Then it’s finally time for bed.
We eat, sleep, and repeat this routine roughly 150 times from April to September and even into October if we make playoffs.
At times it can become a gruelling process, but I’ve enjoyed this lifestyle for seven plus years and hope to continue on this path. I know that taking care of my body can definitely add longevity into my career. With the proper nutrition and supplements I am able to sustain all the energy I need to keep going throughout the day, and efficiently rest and recovery at night.