Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Insanity Starts Early in Blue Jays' Clubhouse, with Henry Blanco Leading the Way

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Insanity Starts Early in Blue Jays' Clubhouse, with Henry Blanco Leading the Way

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Insanity starts early in Jays' clubhouse

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DUNEDIN, Fla. - The insanity starts pretty early each day in the Blue Jays' clubhouse.

Veteran catcher Henry Blanco leads a group of Toronto players and officials in the "Insanity Workout" seen on TV ads and late-night infomercials.

You've got to get up early. They start at 5:15 or 5:30 a.m., usually going for between 35 and 45 minutes.

Josh Thole, A.J. Jimenez and Maicer Izturis are among the players who take part, Blanco said.

"It gets you going. It gives you some energy," said the 41-year-old Venezuelan.

"You might as well do it when you wake up that early in the morning. It keeps me in pretty good shape and at this age, that's what you want to do."

Baseball players start early during the spring, with most arriving well before the Toronto clubhouse opens to the media at 8 a.m. The gym, however, is off-limits to reporters.

Manager John Gibbons likes what he sees.

"He's an older guy but you really wouldn't notice it," he said of Blanco, seen as the front-runner to back up incumbent J. …

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