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Picking Mulholland's Mind

Posted at 9:28 PM on May 31, 2005 by David Zingler

I call him a freak of nature. Hes 42 and hes in the best shape of anyone on the team.
-Twins bullpen catcher Aron Amundson on reliever Terry Mulholland

I hear a lot of guys wondering why I am still playing or how I am still playing, Mulholland responded with a chuckle when asked about the above statement. Theyll ask me What was your first year in the big leagues?, and Ill say 1986. Theyll say Why are you still playing? and Ill say I love playing baseball. I spend a lot of time taking care of myself physically so that I can still do that and I just keep showing up.

He is just one of those guys that everybody can learn something from, Amundson continued. Whether its about diet or nutrition, about exercise, pitching in the big leagues -- pretty much everything.

Mulholland on nutrition:
The principle I adopted last year eating wise is to keep your food simple -- try not to combine them too much. I eat my carbohydrates in the morning, I eat my proteins at night. I eat a lot of fruit and vegetables during the day -- just keep it simple. I stay away from dishes like casseroles, chili; things that there is a combination of a large combination of different foods on one plate. Its not good for your digestive system.

Mulholland on exercise:
I just know how my body needs to be stretched and in what order and manner. I like making sure my legs and my core trunk area are stretched; lower back and from there I can work into shoulders and stretch out my arms and just get loose. For me, primarily, keeping my hamstrings, quadriceps, groin and lower back loose keeps me younger and keeps the range of motion and mobility (which is important) when you get past 40.

Mulholland on pitching in the big leagues:
As a reliever I try not to go more than two days without getting on the mound, whether its in the game or in the bullpen before a game. If I am getting used a lot in games -- say I pitch in five games in seven or eight days -- then I will back off the side work and let what I am doing in the game maintain my mechanics.

(I go) probably 70% (during bullpen sessions) -- its about feel. Its like if you are working on your golf game and you go to a driving range. Long toss -- throwing the ball long -- is more like your long irons and woods and a bullpen session is for tuning up your short game.

When I was younger and a little less knowledgeable about what I could do to a baseball and how my body would respond, I went pretty much full bore --100% -- all of the time. After a few years, you realize you are overdoing it. You can't put 110% out 24/7 without running out of gas. When you are out of gas, your skills diminish. You have to strike a balance between maintaining your physical strength and your skills and your aptitude for what you do to make a living.

Mulholland on pretty much everything...

Drinking alcohol:
I will have a glass of wine here or there with dinner. Every once and a while -- very rarely -- I will have a couple of beers with teammates. Its more of a social thing.

Back in my late 20s, early 30s, pretty much when I was with the Phillies in the early 90s, we had a close knit group of guys there that liked to go out and play hard on the field and play hard off the field. Those days are long gone. I had to make an adjustment if I wanted to stick around the game, so Ive quieted the off-the-field antics down.

I do a little yoga in the morning to wake up, just to get my body moving.

Day to day life in the big leagues:
The thing about baseball is that there isnt really anything routine about it. You are either at home for five, six, seven days or you are traveling between cities for three, fours days at a time, changing time zones, playing night games and day games. Its tough to keep a regular schedule in terms of eating right, getting enough sleep, getting to bed on time and all of that. I try to do the best I can.

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