Thursday, January 6 2022

The players have already started preparations for the new year even as the labor dispute continues to loom over the 2022 baseball season. Victor González, a Dodgers reliever from Nayarit, Mexico, has made such preparations in his hometown.

In an interview with Erick Aguirre of Con Las Bases Llenas, González’s personal trainer José Raúl Rico Sierra discussed the adjustments the young reliever has made to prepare for the 2022 season. Note: the interview has been translated into English from Spanish.

“Victor’s preparation consisted of adjusting his habits so that he could truly be the all-around athlete,” said Raúl Rico. “The progress we’ve made in the month since we started is impressive. You can see the changes, both physical and mental. My intention is to create a winner in all facets of life.

To improve his performance, González made some changes to his diet this winter. According to Raúl Rico, that was a major goal for them this offseason, and he has excelled so far.

“My intention is that he always has an athletic mindset. He has done wonders with his diet, losing 15 kg (33 pounds) in the past month without losing muscle.

González is now entering his third season with the Dodgers, and he’s already been through the ups and downs of being a top pitcher. His rookie season was spectacular, posting a 1.33 ERA and an 11.5 strike-to-walk ratio in 20.1 innings of work. The second year, on the other hand, did not go so well.

In 2021, Victor pitched 35.1 innings and had a 3.57 ERA. That increase could be of more concern if not for the fact that he has had an injury-ravaged season. Either way, Raúl Rico assured González would be available to launch when his name was called in 2022.

“The biggest challenge I give him every year is to be better and more competitive than the year before. His goal is to be in the majors for years to come, and the changes he’s made will make a big difference. Next season, expect to see the best version of Victor González, both physically and mentally, as he continues to display the talent he has.

In 2021, the Dodgers’ box was one of the best in baseball – with a 3.16 ERA that placed second in the league. They will need Victor González to be a key element to be able to deliver a encore performance in 2022.


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