BMF’s good buddy Jim Malone has been the SD Padres Strength and Conditioning Coach for a number of years and he knows Chris Young very well.
When I asked him about the newest Met Pitcher this is what he said:
“The Mets are getting a good pitcher, and a phenomenal person.
I know there will be question marks, but an athlete of his size, combined with the violent physical stress associated with pitching, has created some challenges for Chris, and for us, in our efforts to help him be strong & healthy in his time in San Diego.
It’s never been for lack of Chris’ work efforts or desire to be a better, thoroughly prepared athlete. Despite the physical setbacks, he never wavered in his belief he’d compete again.
Chris exemplifies everything that a professional athlete should strive to become: dedicated, hard working, resilient, a positive role model, concerned for his community, a teammate that leads by example, and a dedicated family man.
It seems like this fall he got over the hump, and if he pitches back to form, he could be the steal of the 2010-11 off-season.
It’s been an honor to work with him the last 5 years. I’m proud of him as one of my athletes, but I’m more proud to call him a friend”
Can’t ask for a better recommendation than that.