Hanson benefits from offseason workouts at Boras facility

Hanson sports full beach, at least for a few more days before trimming up for Spring Training

Hanson sports full beard, at least for a few more days before trimming up for Spring Training.

Don’t let the overgrown offseason beard fool you. Braves pitcher Tommy Hanson has been working hard this offseason, taking advantage of some new resources available to him.

Hanson spent the winter in Southern California working out at the Boras Sports Training Institute with a team of trainers.

Hanson changed agents last summer to Boras and said at the time, it was about more than money, but access to Boras’ staff of trainers, nutritionists and a sports psychologist.

Hanson went to California for a week with the intention of getting familiar with a new workout program and coming back to Atlanta, where he’s now makes his permanent home and where his family has moved from Redlands, CA.

Instead, he decided to stay the whole winter, renting a home in Dana Point, Calif. and driving to Boras’ facility in Aliso Viejo five to six days a week.

“It was everything I wanted to do,” Hanson said. “There were four trainers in there. It was pretty much 1-on-1 the whole time. They were really positive, but they pushed me too.”

He had the benefit of 75-degree weather when Atlanta was iced under several weeks ago. And it was convenient too, working out and throwing in the same place.

“I would get loose, go throw, and then run and work out after that, instead of going, working out, trying to find someone to play catch with,” Hanson said. “It made it easier.”

Hanson said Monday morning on the first day of the Braves’ pre-spring pitching camp that he’s gained 10 pounds of muscle. He also strengthened his back, a big priority of his.

“My lower back was bothering me pretty much all year last year,” Hanson said. “So I incorporated a couple of exercises in and really worked on my flexibility too.”

Hanson had a dominant year in 2010 but got miserable run support, so he finished only 10-11, despite a 3.33 ERA. He comes into 2011 looking for better luck, but he already has some peace of mind.

“I felt like I did everything possible to get ready for the season,” Hanson said. “That gives me maybe a mental edge.”

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Nick n Nash

January 31st, 2011
5:07 pm

WV Braves Fan

January 31st, 2011
5:07 pm

Thanks for the good news, Carroll. Pitchers and catchers report two weeks from today? Looking forward to another good season.

Nick n Nash

January 31st, 2011
5:08 pm

I’m lookin forward to that DOB bloggage from Dark Star in 2 weeks!

waterstim

January 31st, 2011
5:10 pm

He’s a Scott Borass client? Not good.

justin1

January 31st, 2011
5:14 pm

This is the year Hanson breaks through as one of the top pitchers in the NL. We all know what kind of pitcher he is, and is going to be. This year the rest of the baseball world will find out too.

Nick n Nash

January 31st, 2011
5:16 pm

Braves sign Rodrigo Lopez to minor league deal……it says he could battle for 5th spot, or compete with Beachy and KK for long-reliever

Supes

January 31st, 2011
5:46 pm

Say goodbye to Tommy Hanson when he’s FA eligible unless the Braves do a trade before that…no way will they bend to the will of Scott Boras when it comes time to overpay for Tommy (and I like Tommy, I think he’ll be a very good SP for a long time, but not for the Boras money).

ATL FAN

January 31st, 2011
5:57 pm

Longarm1947

January 31st, 2011
6:54 pm

First at what?

wayn-o

January 31st, 2011
8:07 pm

JJ & Hanson… BOOOO

richbrave

January 31st, 2011
8:16 pm

richbrave

My take on BRAVES thinking in regard to RODRIGO LOPEZ:

Starting off the season, AAA SP is pretty thin. None of REDMOND, GUSTAFSON, ORTEGANO, REYNOSO looked that great last season, or in winter ball. And the one best up and comer we had was lost in the rule 5 – DIAMOND. We need proven depth down on the farm in AAA temporarily. And there’s always…….well maybe the kinks are finally worked out of his arm after three years of rehab and work [ineffective work primarily]. Let’s take a chance. Maybe something’s there we can use right now.

Admiring Fan

January 31st, 2011
8:52 pm

Hey, Tommy, love the beard! Love your pitching! Give us a couple more good years, good buddy! Then get the heck outta Atlanta, ya greedy, devil-hiring schmuck. There’s plenty more where you came from, snot-nose. Bye now.

hAL

January 31st, 2011
9:33 pm

good ridence if he sighn else where another over hyped brave to match haystacks s hype only tommy at leasst is about winning still i never did see the 96 97 the bloggers kept spinng iu saw 88 91 more often then not and no idea how to pitch very much a young j smoltz lol

DC Brave

January 31st, 2011
10:18 pm

Tommy is gonna be a killer this year. 20 wins.

tomahawk choppers

January 31st, 2011
10:46 pm

Can someone please translate Hal’s message for me? I’m not fluent in jibberish.

Brien O'David

January 31st, 2011
11:27 pm

At least those bloggers knew how to speak English, Hal.

BravesFanLostInOhio

February 1st, 2011
1:11 am

DOB, he didn’t overbulk did he? I’d hate to see his mechanics get messed up…

David O'Brien

February 1st, 2011
1:21 am

BravesFanLostInOhio: No, Hanson isn’t at all bulky after his increased offseason regimen. He looked so lanky at times last season, especially late, that he probably needed to add some strength. And he’s done that.

I’m not going to be surprised if Hanson has a really big season.

kirkinga

February 1st, 2011
2:19 am

If JJ and/and or Hanson turn out to fulfill their potential, they should be paid accordingly.There really is no point in investing heavily in scouting and a farm system if you aren’t prepared to pay top dollar on the occasion when that system produces superstar or near superstar talent.

The Braves’ great streak was made possible because they had top starters and paid them accordingly.Stick to the plan.

With Boras, you know you aren’t likely to get a “hometown discount” and it’s unfair to expect every player to take a discount because they play for the Braves.

At some point, Smoltz, Glavine, Maddux, and Chipper all signed big money deals and so it should be for JJ, Hanson, Heyward, Prado, McCann, Freeman, and any other player that proves he is part of a nucleus that keeps this team competitive every year.

SA

February 1st, 2011
5:00 am

Noooo! Well we can kiss Hanson goodbye when his options are up, if they aren’t already.

Braveman n Orlando

February 1st, 2011
8:00 am

Been hittin the bottle clubs Hal?

Bob the Blogger

February 1st, 2011
8:38 am

The problem with Boras is he seems to be able to charm GMs into paying salaries that are far beyond what other agents can get. Jayson Werth is a perfect example. I’m all in favor of paying a fair price to keep the good players we develop, but for the price Boras gets, we can get more talent with other players.

In a way, I’m mad at Boras, but he can’t force a GM to sign a contract, so I guess I should be mad at the stupid GMs that lose perspective of the market value of a player and sign an asinine contract. Then again, if they are willing to sqander their budget by overpaying Boras clients, and Frank Wren will not, doesn’t that translate to an advantage for the Braves if our GM can’t be charmed into a stupid deal?

Giggity

February 1st, 2011
9:00 am

Careful….I can recall a couple other braves that “bulked up” in the offseason and came back with career worsts…

On the other hand, I am strongly encouraging Mclouth to do some bulking and if necessary the artificial kind he was using as a Pirate!

Kashi

February 1st, 2011
9:40 am

Which Boras client has outperformed that others haven’t? Manny? Andrew? JD Drew? who else did I miss?

Braveman n Orlando

February 1st, 2011
10:08 am

Question…Whatever happened to Macay McBride? I know he got traded to Detriot…did he retire? He can only be around 28 by now… He was a hard throwing lefty….hmmm

Coach13

February 1st, 2011
10:23 am

I still can’t beleive how much Washington paid for Jayson Werth. Talk about over paying. Geez. Washington will still suck too, that’s what’s even more amazing!! It’s not as if he was the missing piece to a WS team!

Big John

February 1st, 2011
10:57 am

Good Luck Tommy! I think you’re going to have a great season. Now that football season is over I can’t wait for Spring Training to get started! Go Braves!

johndawg

February 1st, 2011
11:14 am

I’d like to thank Hanson for his service as a Brave. I hope we all enjoy his last year with the A the cap.
He’ll be over priced when he’s a FA.

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abwright

February 1st, 2011
11:44 am

I’m ambiguous on Boras, especially since he has represented a number of steroid enhanced clients.

However, he does seem to want to enhance his own revenues by improving the performance (and therefore the value) of his clients.

Good for Tommy to take advantage of the opportunity.

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February 1st, 2011
11:51 am

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Nate

February 1st, 2011
3:03 pm

We will have at least 4 more years of Hanson. Or 3 and 1/2…..He will end up bringing a load of prospects to Atlanta if we are not in contention in his final arbitration year.

[...] So, like many young pitchers before him, Hanson has had some issues with stamina in his short career to date. RotoWorld (quoting the Atlanta Journal and Constitution) provides us with a nugget of hope in this regard: Tommy Hanson-S-Braves Feb. 1 – 9:33 am et Tommy Hanson gained 10 pounds of muscle this offseason. Hanson worked out at the Boras Sports Training Institute all winter with a team of trainers. “I felt like I did everything possible to get ready for the season,” he said Monday. “That gives me maybe a mental edge.” The 24-year-old finished with a cool 3.33 ERA and 1.17 WHIP over 34 starts last season for the Braves. He struck out 173 batters in 202 2/3 innings. Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution [...]

Mitchell

February 1st, 2011
3:29 pm

Can you really describe his 2010 season as dominant?

Maybe at times, but not all the time or even most of the time.

But that was then, wasn’t it? I think we all can expect to see T-Han kick some butt in 2011.

I’d like to see him keep the beard also. That would be sweet.

Mitchell

February 1st, 2011
3:33 pm

abwright

February 1st, 2011
11:44 am

I’m ambiguous on Boras…

abwright, I think you mean “ambivalent.” Not ambiguous.

Hopefully you’re not feeling ambiguous but if you want to talk about it, I’m always here.

Blobie

February 1st, 2011
5:20 pm

We can’t win by outbidding the “I’ll pay whatever it takes to win” organizations for Boros’ players that will “play anywhere that pays me more than anyone else will pay me” players. If Hanson and/or JJ choose that “to the highest bidder” attitude, we should trade them before they leave and be have a farm system ready with a replacement. We can’t fall in love with any players that will leave because someone will overpay. Don’t be cheap, but be smart. We can’t let the Yankees and Red Sox set the pay scale for the players we bid for.

ExBraves Fan

February 1st, 2011
7:17 pm

Boras as agent means Braves have about 4 years to get someone else ready to replace him. If Hanson improves each year, becoming a 15-18 game winner every year, the Braves simply will not be able to keep him. They will not pay. He will be a Yankee, Red Sox or west coast team player.

NCbrave

February 2nd, 2011
2:01 am

Although it sucks to hear that Boras is his client, I believe Tommy has the most potential to be a hall of famer when his career ends of all our current pitchers. To hear his work ethic in the off season speaks volumes for his character and where he has set his goals. You could tell when this guy was pulled up in 09 in his first start against Milwuakee that he had some nasty stuff. Whenever Tommy takes the mound I feel as if the Braves will get a W, now we just need to get him some run support so he can be a Cy Young canidate.

justin

February 2nd, 2011
9:25 am

McBride is done. He just opened a baseball academy in statesboro ga

3 foot putt

February 2nd, 2011
10:06 am

Great to hear that another critical piece of the Braves lineup is having a positive offseason. Can’t wait for opening day!

Jeff R

February 2nd, 2011
11:52 am

I’m no Boras fan, but he does know how to treat and maintain his clients. I think both Jurrjens and Hanson are capable of a big 2011.

Paul In Richmond

February 2nd, 2011
1:52 pm

Isn’t anyone happy that SOME of this team takes fitness seriously? Yesterday Chipper was breathing a sigh of relief that Freddy wasn’t going to make them exercise. He liked the old policy of “playing into shape” (and then sitting on the bench injured for half the games)

I yearn for someone on this team to step up and lead in an aggressive, determined way. We need more Smoltz and fewer “clubhouse clowns”

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