NEW YORK - Brett Cecil was asked if he’d be in New York without the man seated beside him.
Cecil looked to his left at Steve Delabar and then looked straight ahead.
About four seconds later, he thoughtfully answered: “I don’t think so. Would I have this velocity?”
Delabar was later asked if Cecil would be here without his help.
“The increased velocity helped his confidence, chances are he wouldn’t be here, but you never know,” said Delabar, of Cecil’s rediscovered — but not new — arm speed.
First Delabar, then Cecil, then closer Casey Janssen and then the Blue Jays have bought into Jamie Evans’ weighted ball program. The Jays liked it so much that they hired Evans, although Evans has been placed under the cone of silence and is unavailable to be interviewed.
Delabar was out of ball-teaching school and coaching when Evans approached him with his program, which uses weighted balls thrown with different grips to strengthen muscles behind the shoulder.