Just when you thought Jose Fernandez couldn’t get any better.
The reigning National League Rookie of the Year who absolutely destroyed opposing offenses apparently has lost 25 lbs this offseason, thanks to riding a specialized conditioning bike nearly 600 miles per week.
Fernandez wasn’t just tooling around soaking up sun and fresh air. Riding in a peloton that typically contained at least 50 serious cycling enthusiasts and grew to as many as 200 on some weekend rides, he maintained a frenetic pace for nearly 600 miles a week.
The 21-year-old Fernandez, who was shut down early by the Miami Marlins to maintain health (and arm strength) posted a 12-6 record to go alongside an extremely impressive 2.19 ERA – in addition to a no-hitter.
Now with the offseason complete his sophomore season getting underway, you’d think Fernandez may cool it a bit – but you’d be wrong. The young phenom says he plans to ride his bike 15 miles every day to the Marlins’ Spring Training complex, because, why not?
Fernandez didn’t really show much issue with endurance last season, but he certainly won’t this year given his training.