The Miami Marlins young phenom Jose Fernandez picked up a new hobby in order to stay in shape during the off season. The soon to be sophomore, cycled nearly 600 miles a week. Fernandez says he will avoid a sophomore slump by staying in shape. The need to stay in shape will hopefully push him past his work load last year which totaled 172 2/3 innings in 28 appearances. Unlike the struggling Miami Marlins, Fernandez had a remarkable rookie campaign recording a 2.19 era and winning 12 out of his 28 appearances. The young right hander also had a 3.2 K/BB ratio in that span. When asked why he chose cycling as a hobby he said:
On the bike you can do intervals. You go hard and then slow down. It’s kind of like an inning, is the way I see it. I’m going really hard for 10, 12 minutes and then I slow down for 5 or 6 minutes. Conditioning-wise, it’s amazing. I’m glad that I did it. Let’s see how it’s going to work out this year. I’m not sure, but I feel really good.
Although Fernandez is only 21 years old, he is pushing to be a leader in on and off the field with his work ethic. If Fernandez continues to work hard and perform as he did last year, I see no sophomore slump in the upcoming season.
Reading Between the Seams Contributor Bryan Depew @BryanDepew1