Do you want my honest reason why Jake Arrieta
is the only pitcher not to lose velocity? Have you looked at him closely. Solid hip and thigh development and the kid is around 11-13% bodyfat with muscles. He is tall and filled out at 225 pounds. He is a man and he trains like one too.
I look at the landscape of guys and where is the muscular development to reduce stress, improve conditioning, and take pressure off the daily grind. Have you seen Tim Hudson - workout warrior, Nolan Ryan - workout warrior, John Smoltz - workout warrior, Mike Mussina - Workout warrior, Jeremy Guithrie -workout warrior.
How often do you see Jeremy and Jake talk about biking in between starts and on road trips. These guys workout in many different fashions to maintain lower strenght and what do you know they still pump 94-95-96 mph.
These guys have to work twice as hard in the 2-3 month layoff to build for a long season. Try and best maintain what you have going for you, while the summer months go on. Be a professional athlete and take care of what you were given...