Nelson Cruz's secret to beating father time, remaining among MLB's biggest bats

FORT MYERS, FL- MARCH 09: Nelson Cruz #23 of the Minnesota Twins looks on prior to a spring training game between the Minnesota Twins and St. Louis Cardinals on March 9, 2020 at Hammond Stadium in Fort Myers, Florida. (Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Minne

Baseball has never seen a slugger like Nelson Cruz, but the biggest bat on the Bomba Squad will now face the biggest challenge of his career: maintaining his gaudy numbers while staring down father time.

Cruz is quickly approaching 40 years of age, but his workout regimen looks like that of a 20-year-old.

Cruz uses every advantage he can to stay at the summit of Major League hitters. That includes spending up to two hours a day going through intense, full-body massages.

The workload is so much that Cruz has hired a full-time Kinesiologist, Andrea Guerrero. She has also become an integral part of the team.

There is no doubt Cruz knows what he is doing, as nobody hit more home runs than Cruz in the last decade of Major League Baseball. Last season, though, it appeared to come to an end when he ruptured a tendon in his wrist.

Guerrero felt otherwise. Instead of missing the rest of the season, with Guerrero’s help, Cruz and the Twins popped the corks as division champions.