Shortstop Jake Hager and catcher Mac James, both in the Tampa Bay Rays organization, are the latest players to take a few moments of their off-season to discuss winter jobs, their off-season program, and what they're doing for a little fun.
Look for further installments of this series all winter.
Winter Job: I just give lessons to kids. Hitting or infield lessons. Love helping the kids.
Off-Season Focus: I'm working on getting my strength in my legs back from surgery. So just doing two a day at the gym. And then will be working on my speed again. I'll continue doing my same routine hitting and fielding wise.
Activities! I just love being with the family and friends.. Will go on a couple vacations to Cali or Cabo. Then go out every now and then with my buddies. It's always a great off season.
Winter Job: I am actually working with a construction company doing house remodels and also giving lessons to younger kids.
Off-Season Focus: I'm focusing more on trying to get stronger and gain strength in my hands and legs also while maybe gaining a few pounds to get through the whole season strong.
Activities! I saw the Martian recently in instructional league and it was unbelievable. I loved the whole thing. I'm looking forward to the new hunger games and my all American about Darrell K. Royal.