Gophers head coach John Anderson has always believed that the leader of a team has to be the team itself.
That was on display this past summer, as members of the baseball team took the initiative to change the team’s offseason lifting routine.
“We tried to come together and change the atmosphere in the weight room,” sophomore pitcher Lance Thonvold said. “In previous years, not that we hadn’t been weightlifting, but it wasn’t exactly something we put a lot of focus toward.”
Gophers head baseball coach John Anderson was on the brink of quitting his job.
Mired in stagnancy and unsure of his coaching potential, Anderson questioned himself and questioned his profession.
He needed some answers.
And then he met sports psychologist Rick Aberman.
“I just wanted Rick to come here and make my guys play better,” Anderson said. “He said, ‘Wait a minute, we’re going to start with you.’ I’m not sure if I’d have lasted this long in the profession if I hadn’t met him.”
Minnesota has struggled at the plate in recent years, and the Gophers are making strides to address that issue this season.
So far, so good.
Minnesota racked up 20 runs in a series sweep against Northern Illinois this weekend in Glendale, Ariz.
“We’ve struggled the last couple years hitting. We know that. Everyone knows that,” infielder Mark Tatera said. “So to put up 20 runs [this weekend] was great. I think that’s just a tribute to all the hard work we’ve put in.”
The end of the Gophers baseball season means the beginning of a new season for many players: summer ball.
And for 10 Gophers, this summer will be spent competing in the Midwest-based Northwoods League, a collegiate summer baseball league featuring 16 teams from Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa and Michigan and Ontario, Canada.
Ten Gophers players are playing in the Northwoods League this summer.
Tom Windle and DJ Snelten’s friendship is about to tread into unmarked waters.
The two former Gophers pitchers have become best friends in their last three years in college. Now — after the 2013 Major League Baseball Draft last week — the two will have to learn how to compete as bitter rivals.
Former Gophers pitchers Tom Windle and DJ Snelten were drafted by rival MLB organizations.