Zuckerman breaks down 2014 Hall of Famers (VIDEO)
After consecutive seasons plagued by injuries, Phillies second baseman Chase Utley bounced back in 2013 with a year that resembled his old self. He played 131 games, held a .284 average and led Philadelphia with a .823 OPS.
Now it's up to Utley to try and recreate that campaign, and in doing so is trying exactly what he did last offseason. The secret? Take no time off.
Here is what Utley told Fox Sports this week about his offseason training program:
It's changed a little bit over the past few years. Ever since I've had some knee issues, I've decided not to take any time off during the offseason. It's a little bit different than what I've done in the past, but I was taking ground balls the second week of October. We ended, obviously, very beginning of October. I was taking ground balls again the second week, doing all baseball activities. Therefore, I feel pretty good right now...
Taking no time off. I felt like taking the time off right after the season – I would take two or three weeks off, relax a little bit, go on vacation, and once I would ramp it up again, that's when I felt discomfort. So I decided not to even get to that point. I just continue my baseball activities all the way through. And it's worked.
Utley turned 35 in December, but says in the interview he feels closer to 30. His age 30 season saw him smack 31 homers and finish eight in MVP voting. He may not put up those numbers, but it sounds like Utley is poised for another solid year.