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TOM GLAVINE SAYS ROUTINE HELPED HIM EXCEL

Philadelphia Inquirer

It may be less than three years since Tom Glavine pitched in the majors, but he considers himself part of a different generation from those toiling on the mound today. That is especially true when Glavine looks back on his diet.

"We didn't worry about what we ate in those days," Glavine said. "As long as you weren't gaining or losing weight, you did what you wanted to do."

While Glavine ate a variety of food, he took a standardized approach in his workout routine based on pitching every five days. He lifted weights on the day after he pitched, took a long-distance run the second day, did a shorter weightlifting session and a run on the third day, and took off on the fourth.

The former Braves and Mets lefthander points to that routine as one of the reasons he posted double-digit wins in all but two seasons of his career, one that will surely place him in the Hall of Fame.

"I never wavered from it," Glavine said. "I always had that consistency, and I think that was helpful."

While Glavine spent plenty of time in the weight room, he doesn't think that is critical for all pitchers.

"There are so many schools of thought on weightlifting," he said. "Everybody is different. It is up to them, and if it makes [the pitcher] feel good, then it is good for them."

One of the main reasons Glavine was so successful was that he spent so little time in the trainer's room. With only one exception, Glavine started at least 32 games in every 162-game season in which he played from 1988 to 2007.

Besides staying in shape, he said, there is not just one way for pitchers to stay healthy. The abundance of resources for both pitchers and trainers is an advantage for the hurlers of this era.

"Like so things in life today the information is so vast out there," Glavine said. "There are no guarantees of what you can do to prevent injuries. But everybody seems to think that if you are in shape you have less chance of getting injured."