Consistency and steadiness are two of an important traits a Main League Baseball participant can possess.
Certain, the sport has developed into extra of a strength and power sport in current a long time. Pitchers throw tougher, residence runs are touring farther, and gamers bodily resemble NFL robust safeties whereas making freakishly athletic performs everywhere in the area. However the nationwide pastime remains to be a nine-inning, three-hour-long recreation, with a 162-game common season performed largely within the scorching summer time months.
It’s a grind, and it requires a participant to roll with the punches and endure the recurring failures — like making an out on the plate a minimum of 65% of the time (the most effective hitters in baseball bat within the low to mid .300s).
Younger gamers, particularly, are inclined to the ups and downs, the great days and canine days of a Main League season. An enormous leaguer in his early to mid 20s wants assist system to get through it successfully and land an enormous second or third contract that not solely adjustments his life however supplies generational wealth for his household.
That assist system contains an agent, and probably the greatest within the recreation working with younger ballplayers is Roger Tomas. The film Jerry Maguire and TV collection Arli$$ made the approach to life of an expert sports activities agent look glamorous day in and day trip. However in actual life, it’s something however. It’s a grind, requiring fixed journey to see purchasers in several Main League cities and sometimes mentoring struggling gamers attempting to make it in a brand new nation (as of 2021, 28% of MLB players have been born outdoors of the U.S.).
Identical to an enormous leaguer wants to coach for the grind of a protracted season, so too does his agent.
“With this way of life, I am going to totally different cities everywhere in the nation for 2 weeks at a time or longer,” says Tomas, who at the moment lives within the Miami space and is an agent for the California-based company MVP Sports Group, which represents baseball superstars Manny Machado, Albert Pujols, and Joey Votto, amongst others. “It’s essential for me to apply a wholesome way of life to maintain my immune system robust and really feel good and energized regardless of all of the journey. But in addition, if I’m explaining to my purchasers the importance of sleep, diet, and power coaching for them as skilled athletes, I must apply what I preach.”
For Love of the Sport
Tomas is the proper agent for a consumer roster of younger, culturally numerous gamers. Born within the Dominican Republic earlier than transferring to Miami as a toddler, lots of his private purchasers additionally come from the Dominican (a hotbed for Main League expertise), together with Fernando Tatis Jr., of the San Diego Padres and the Houston Astros’ Cristian Javier.
Tomas additionally has a background as a participant, beginning over 200 video games for the College of Miami from 2004-2007. He was a sure-handed fielder at shortstop and third base for the Hurricanes and a profession .290s switch-hitter who hardly ever struck out and sprayed the ball to all fields. Though by no means an enormous residence run hitter (solely two in his faculty profession), Tomas racked up quite a few accolades at Miami, together with being named to the 2004 Faculty World Sequence All-Match group after filling in at shortstop for future MLB celebrity Ryan Braun midseason as a result of an harm.
Tomas made a profession off doing the little issues extraordinarily nicely: taking walks, bunting runners over, stealing bases, posting an elite fielding share at a premium place, even enjoying harm when wanted. A traditional “small ball” participant, regular and constant.
“Truthfully, [small ball] guys don’t at all times make some huge cash within the Majors, however 10, 20 years in the past these have been the kinds of guys that the business at each degree was searching for,” says the 35-year-old. “It was all about on-base share.”
After Miami, Tomas performed three seasons of minor league ball within the Detroit Tigers farm system earlier than retiring as a participant. Two years later, in 2011, he was an MLBPA-certified agent, his first big-league consumer being Paco Rodriguez, a left-handed pitcher for the Dodgers from 2012-2015.
“I simply love the sport of baseball,” says Tomas. “I really like the entire facet of educating and being concerned in competitors. I benefit from the enterprise facet, too, like once you negotiate an enormous deal and see a household actually glad. Plenty of children from South Florida come from little or no, so once you see them signal for one million, two-and-a-half million bucks, it’s a particular factor.”
Coaching Like a Skilled
Tomas’ background as a participant and his Dominican roots helps him relate to his purchasers (although he represents a number of American-born gamers as nicely), however he additionally leads by instance. To assist face up to the occupational grind, Tomas works out six days per week at PER4ORM, an elite-level coaching facility in Davie, FL, the place a number of MVP Sports activities Group purchasers practice. (Tomas and MVP additionally refer gamers to Bommarito Performance Systems in Miami and Cressey Sports Performance in Palm Seaside Gardens.)
Whereas recognized nationally for its MLB and NFL clientele, together with NFL Draft Mix prep, PER4ORM additionally caters to non-professional athletes who wish to practice significantly for higher motion and practical power.
Tomas’ typical weekly schedule at PER4ORM is as follows: fast-paced lower-body circuits on Monday; typical upper-body lifting on Tuesday; full-body training on Wednesday; typical lower-body lifting on Thursday; upper-body circuits on Friday; and full-body coaching once more on Saturday.
When touring, he drops in at no matter well-equipped gym he can discover and has a PER4ORM coach ship him his exercise for the day electronically. Although he’s not enjoying, getting in his coaching is as essential as ever now. Tomas believes within the energy of routine, largely as a result of he was recognized with Crohn’s Illness whereas in faculty.
“Again then, 16 or 17 years in the past, they didn’t have the treatment they’ve now, so I used to be consistently sick and going to the emergency room,” he says. “As I’ve gotten older, I’ve modified my consuming habits, and the treatment has gotten higher. Greater than something, it’s taught me to have routines in my life.”
Routine Equals Success
Sticking to proper nutrition and coaching routines helps Tomas personally, however he consistently preaches it to his purchasers as nicely.
“Baseball is such a failure sport that once you fail one time, if you happen to’re not mentally robust sufficient, it may make you spiral uncontrolled,” says Tomas. “I at all times inform these guys, ‘When you will have a routine that works, keep on with it. It may not work 100% of the time, however that’s what’s going to provide the greatest likelihood of succeeding in video games.’ What you don’t need is for a participant to be altering what he does on a every day or weekly foundation. That’s when things get very chaotic, and it turns into that a lot tougher to get again into the zone of consistency.”
This reliance on routines may even result in success in areas outdoors of sports activities, says Tomas: “I’m not simply speaking about baseball. This is applicable to if you wish to be a physician or personal a enterprise. Having a routine basically simply means getting organized. Once you’re organized, you get much more completed in the course of the day, and over time you’ll accomplish your targets and achieve success that a lot sooner.”