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How Many Hours Does a Baseball Player Work??

By Jean Bedord | October 22, 2007


From Ask the Baseball Pro:
Kevin wrote:
What is the average amount of hours a professional baseball player works in a year?

From the Baseball Pro:
Kevin,
This is a hard question to answer because we do not have normal work schedules. Also we must work out at the gym so I guess you must count that as work also. On most day games you spend a minimum of 8 hours at the park. You get there at 2 for some early hitting or throwing, batting practice starts at 3:30 and the game is not over til 10 or so. Spring training days tend to be a minimum of 8 hours as well. So 140 something games a year plus 30 days of spring training bring us to 170 days. 170 days times 8 hours a day comes to 1360 hours. Add in 1 hour of gym time every other day during the season and you get 85 more hours. So from spring training through the last game you have close to 1500 hours of work. That is only in a six month span and does not include offseason workouts which usually are 5 days a week for 2 hours, as well as baseball ativity which begins in January and that takes a minimum of 1 hour a day until spring training starts.
Your Baseball Pro, Steve Holm

P.S. Welllll, my observation is that baseball pretty much occupies a player 24/7 from the time they go to spring training camp in March through the end of the season in September/October. A player is either at the game, getting ready for the game several hours in advance, or doing his own personal conditioning at a local gym. There are also some team meetings, and promotional activities. A player is at the game every day, even if not playing, except the 2 or 3 days the team does not play during the month.

There isn’t much personal time, even for doing laundry or taking care of bills. Travel also takes a lot of time, particularly the bus rides in the minor leagues. Keep in mind that half of the baseball games are on the road, so the player is at the home city only half the time.

After the season is over, players get temporary jobs, preferably in something related to baseball. But most importantly, they need to have time to continue their conditioning and practice in the off-season, so they are ready for spring training.

Baseball is a passion, and the hours are demanding!
Host Mom, Jean

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