Consistency and steadiness are two of an important traits a Major League Baseball participant can possess.
Sure, the sport has advanced into extra of a energy and energy sport in latest many years. Pitchers throw more durable, dwelling runs are touring farther, and gamers bodily resemble NFL sturdy safeties whereas making freakishly athletic performs all around the discipline. But the nationwide pastime is nonetheless a nine-inning, three-hour-long sport, with a 162-game common season performed largely within the sizzling summer season 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 at the least 65% of the time (the very best hitters in baseball bat within the low to mid .300s).
Young gamers, particularly, are prone to the ups and downs, the nice days and canine days of a Major League season. An enormous leaguer in his early to mid 20s wants an excellent help system to get by means of it efficiently and land a giant second or third contract that not solely adjustments his life however gives generational wealth for his household.
That help system consists of an agent, and one of the very best within the sport working with younger ballplayers is Roger Tomas. The film Jerry Maguire and TV collection Arli$$ made the life-style of an expert sports activities agent look glamorous day in and time out. But in actual life, it’s something however. It’s a grind, requiring fixed journey to see shoppers in several Major League cities and infrequently mentoring struggling gamers making an attempt to make it in a brand new nation (as of 2021, 28% of MLB gamers had been born exterior of the U.S.).
Just like a giant leaguer wants to coach for the grind of a protracted season, so too does his agent.
“With this lifestyle, I go to different cities all over the country for two weeks at a time or longer,” says Tomas, who presently 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 important for me to practice a healthy lifestyle to keep my immune system strong and feel good and energized despite all the travel. But also, if I’m explaining to my clients the importance of sleep, nutrition, and strength training for them as professional athletes, I need to practice what I preach.”
For Love of the Game
Tomas is the proper agent for a shopper roster of younger, culturally various gamers. Born within the Dominican Republic earlier than transferring to Miami as a toddler, many of his private shoppers additionally come from the Dominican (a hotbed for Major 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 University 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 not often struck out and sprayed the ball to all fields. Although by no means a giant dwelling run hitter (solely two in his school profession), Tomas racked up quite a few accolades at Miami, together with being named to the 2004 College World Series All-Tournament 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 effectively: 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.
“Honestly, [small ball] guys don’t always make a lot of money in the Majors, but 10, 20 years ago those were the types of guys that the industry at every level was looking for,” says the 35-year-old. “It was all about on-base percentage.”
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 shopper being Paco Rodriguez, a left-handed pitcher for the Dodgers from 2012-2015.
“I just love the game of baseball,” says Tomas. “I love the whole aspect of teaching and being involved in competition. I enjoy the business side, too, like when you negotiate a big deal and see a family really happy. A lot of kids from South Florida come from very little, so when you see them sign for a million, two-and-a-half million bucks, it’s a special thing.”
Training Like a Professional
Tomas’ background as a participant and his Dominican roots helps him relate to his shoppers (although he represents a number of American-born gamers as effectively), 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 Group shoppers practice. (Tomas and MVP additionally refer gamers to Bommarito Performance Systems in Miami and Cressey Sports Performance in Palm Beach Gardens.)
While recognized nationally for its MLB and NFL clientele, together with NFL Draft Combine prep, PER4ORM additionally caters to non-professional athletes who wish to practice severely for higher motion and purposeful energy.
Tomas’ typical weekly schedule at PER4ORM is as follows: fast-paced lower-body circuits on Monday; standard upper-body lifting on Tuesday; full-body coaching on Wednesday; standard 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 health club he can discover and has a PER4ORM coach ship him his exercise for the day electronically. Even 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 Disease whereas in school.
“Back then, 16 or 17 years ago, they didn’t have the medication they have now, so I was constantly sick and going to the emergency room,” he says. “As I’ve gotten older, I’ve changed my eating habits, and the medication has gotten better. More than anything, it’s taught me to have routines in my life.”
Routine Equals Success
Sticking to correct diet and coaching routines helps Tomas personally, however he continuously preaches it to his shoppers as effectively.
“Baseball is such a failure sport that when you fail one time, if you’re not mentally strong enough, it could make you spiral out of control,” says Tomas. “I always tell these guys, ‘When you have a routine that works, stick to it. It might not work 100% of the time, but that’s what’s going to give you the best chance of succeeding in games.’ What you don’t want is for a player to be changing what he does on a daily or weekly basis. That’s when things get very chaotic, and it becomes that much harder to get back into the zone of consistency.”
This reliance on routines may even result in success in areas exterior of sports activities, says Tomas: “I’m not just talking about baseball. This applies to if you want to be a doctor or own a business. Having a routine essentially just means getting organized. When you’re organized, you get a lot more accomplished during the day, and over time you’ll accomplish your goals and be successful that much faster.”