On page two of today's New York Times' Sports section, there's an article about Mike Barwis, his relationship with the New York Mets (owned by Michigan Alum Fred Wilpon) and the players who have been working out with him this offseason. Here's an online link: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/02/sports/baseball/some-young-mets-pay-th...
Barwis and the Mets
Barwis and the Mets sounds like the name of a band.
More like the Weird Al version of a famous Elton John number.
B,B,B,B,Barwis and the Mets....
Barwis and the Metsssssssssss
Say Fred Wilpon have you seen them yet
Hey but they're so bulked out, Barwis and the Mets
Oh but their built up and wonderful
Oh Barwis he's really keen
He's got weighted boots a workout suit
You know I read it in the HAIL magazine
Barwis and the Mets
I'm gonna be singing that song in my mind all day long.
Good job, MGrowElton!
Written by former Michigan Daily writer Tim Rohan. Good article.
Wish he was still around the program. He got washed away during the purge at the end of RR era.
When they announce the line ups in Queens, the training staff almost always gets booed by the Mets faithful because of a major mishandling of injuries back in the mid to late 2000s. This was a combination of an inept medical staff and obvious miscommunications between the players, staff, and management. So much so that the players would go beyond the team's back to receive their medical opinions just because of the terrible past surrounding the team's training staff.
Needless to say, as a Mets fan I am happy that the players are working with one of the best in the business for this upcoming season.
There is a difference between trainers and athletic trainers. Barwis is a trainer, and the "trainers" you refer to are athletic trainers. Athletic trainers are not trainers...
Barwis is a trainer for strength and conditioning purposes, while the athletic trainers employed by the Mets may help in those areas but are primarily certified health care professionals who have degress in sports medicine.
My point still stands. The Mets' athletic trainers made mistakes, along with their communicating with management and the players. But I am happy the Mets are simply training with Barwis because we've seen the great things he has been able to do with our football players.
The Mets will still suck.
Un-American to downvote anything involving the work of Barwis, after all the good he's done for Michigan and especially for some individuals who he's worked with, individuals who beat the odds in their recoveries from devastating injuries.
They all came into my business last week and I was wondering what the heck they were doing in freezing Northville Michigan when they could be back in the Dominican Republic. Answers that question.
Couple Steelers still worked out with Barwis....Larry Foote & LaMarr Woodley.
Foote got injured in the first game of the season (ruptured biceps, can't blame a trainer) and Woodley has the reputation in Pgh of getting paid, then becoming fat and lazy.
Barwis is an interesting dude. Guys swear by him and go to great lengths to workout with him. But the tangible proof of his effects just don't seem to be there as much.
Loved John Bacon's story of working out with Barwis though.
Exactly! This guy is an endless self-promoter and has a cult like following, yet I've always subscribed to the notion that the proof is in the pudding. I have a friend that was a GA under Barwis at WVU, went to Deleware, than Marshall University. He has told me point blank that there isn't a big difference in Barwis and the next S&C coach, aside from his personality and endless self-promotion. He said ask around the world of S&C and his name isn't synonyms with the best. Tommy Moffitt (LSU) is considered the best in the business, along with guys such as Mickey Marroti at Ohio State, Scott Cochran (Bama and Moffitt taught), etc.
Not exactly on the same level but my son has worked out with 2 athletic trainers.
The first was one hired by his football team to work with them before the season much like colleges do when the coaches can't work with the kids. I watched and there was no motivation outside of what the players provided themselves. My son was extremely disappointed with that process and since they never baselined anything nobody knew if it was worth a crap.
He now is working with another trainer that comes out of our pocket. This guy is very sports specific but there is some overlap. Initially his "class" was my son, a signed D1 basketball recruit, and a RB trying to get ready for the CFL combine. The new guy has a personality such that my son looks forward to working with him and afterward he's exhausted but doesn't complain. Everything is planned and logged as well.
From what I've seen, personality is VERY important.
Except that when he came here many players said they were in much better shape than before.
I don't know much about the efficacy of Barwis except from what I read here. The post is interesting because it shows the vast reach of the UM alumni network.
well theres only handful of different approaches to major S&C programs and even then theyre not vastly different. science only supports so many techniques. i can understand judging by historical results to some extent but its kind of apples to organges when guaging S&C gains by players/teams success on the field when theres endless variables S&C cannot control (ie coaching staff and philosophy, talent level and athletcism of prospects arriving on campus, etc and these areas were less than stellar under rich rod). much of it does boil down to personality and ability to build relationships with players, especially in big time college football. i know we all really liked our head S&C coach and he went above and beyond to help everyone in all facets (though asst S&C coaches typically not as popular since they have annoying job of policing the sidelines on game days). for those not as familiar or those who didnt play football in college, S&C coaches are a massive part of any program and the elite teams have some of the better S&C staffs as another poster pointed out with lsu, bama and osu as few examples. head coaches rely on S&C staffs to run all offseason programs and thats such a huge part of programs success and no small task. S&C staffs typically spend more time with football players than their position coaches due to ncaa rules. so trust me, personality is vital. no one wants to listen to some jimmy jerkoff scream at them for more reps at 5am in february when campus is still asleep....much much easier if the S&C are not only knoweldgable/respected but well liked by players
Another NYTimes article on Barwis and his affiliation with the Mets: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/04/sports/mets-players-pay-for-off-season-training-at-team-complex.html?ref=baseball The article notes that many Met players are starting to swear by Barwis, but the interesting part is that they're paying for the training, not the Mets.