Thursday, October 13, 2011

Arroyo Eyeing Better Year in 2012

Arroyo posted a 9-12 record and a 5.07 ERA in
32 starts this season
Mark Sheldon of MLB.com wrote an excellent feature article regarding Bronson Arroyo's plans for this upcoming offseason. You can read that piece in it's entirety here.

However, if you find yourself curious but also crunched for time, here are the the key points from the lengthy article:

* The 34-year old plans to cut down on his non-baseball related activities such as sailing, golfing, traveling and performing in his band (with the exception of Redsfest in December). "I'm going to push all of those things completely to the side," said Arroyo.

* A couple of his new workout regimens will include: long-distance bike rides to help build leg strength without harming his back and swimming laps around a pool to stimulate all of his muscles.

* He stated that this was the first time since the end of the 2003 season that he wasn't satisfied with his performance and overall contribution to the team.

* He fell one inning shy of recording his seventh straight year with 200 or more innings pitched.

* He shattered the previous club record for most homers allowed with 46 -- which tied him with Bert Blyleven and Robin Roberts for the third-most allowed in a single-season in MLB history.

* The right-hander will be thinking about baseball everyday until Spring Training. Said Arroyo, "That's just the way it is for me. If this stuff isn't right, then nothing else is any fun for me."

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