Royals’ Wade Davis Adds 2 MPH to Fastball Training at CrossFit Gym

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Wade Davis Trains at CrossFit One Love in Montgomery, NY Wade Davis Trains at CrossFit One Love in Montgomery, NY. Image via Greg Hammond.

My article “Elite Athletes who do CrossFit” has generated much misunderstanding and attention. Let me set the record straight: The list isn’t exhaustive – many other elite athletes do CrossFit. And we’re not claiming the elite athletes ONLY train with CrossFit, but rather that they use it as part of their training to improve their general physical preparedness.

For example, the first game of the World Series kicks off tonight between the San Francisco Giants and Kansas City Royals. And one of the Royals’ most valuable players is pitcher Wade Davis.

In 2013 Tampa Bay traded Davis to Kansas city. His 2013 season was “awful”: 8-11 record and 5.32 earned run average (ERA).

But in 2014 the pitcher was nearly magical, recording a 9-2 record and 1.00 ERA. Bob Lutz reports that Davis hasn’t “even allowed a hit in 47 of his 79…

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