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  1. Dice-BB is in the best shape of his life according to Timmy K of ESPN.

    Comment by Disco — February 25, 2010 @ 4:10 pm

  2. I never knew how funny the words “the best shape of his life” could sound.

    Comment by TsB — February 25, 2010 @ 4:22 pm

  3. Barry Zito was the poster child for best shape of my life last year. He increased the pullups he could do from 2 to somewhere in the teens. He played catch across the grand canyon.

    He ended up having a vastly superier year to 08.

    I’m not going to bother looking for the article, but he should have been #1 on the proclaimers of “best shape of their life” list.

    All in all, it looks like most of these people did better. Excellent article btw.

    Comment by JoeIQ — February 25, 2010 @ 4:46 pm

  4. I forgot to mention his pilates. Overall, he did 2 workouts a day all winter.

    Comment by JoelQ — February 25, 2010 @ 4:47 pm

  5. If you’re interested in this, I got my data from Roto Authority at the links below for my crude study at FBJ. Here are the links to the lists for 2008 and 2009:

    http://www.rotoauthority.com/2008/01/spring-traini-1.html

    http://www.rotoauthority.com/2009/02/spring-training.html

    It’s a real pain to retroactively googling things, so it’s nice they have the list there.

    Comment by Millsy — February 25, 2010 @ 5:00 pm

  6. Nice job on this post! I love reading things like this.

    Comment by paris7 — February 25, 2010 @ 5:49 pm

  7. You had never heard of Chris Lubanski?

    Comment by Richie Abernathy — February 25, 2010 @ 6:02 pm

  8. Nope. Probably saw the name a few times, but I didn’t follow the minors in 2003 so wasn’t aware of the draft until after the fact. I guess Lubanski just didn’t catch my attention.

    Comment by Joe Pawlikowski — February 25, 2010 @ 6:04 pm

  9. Ryan Ludwick showed up to the Cardinals’ camp last year in the best shape of his life after a winter of weight lifting. He struggled and got hurt pretty early in the season (May?) and has since said that he did not have the same flexibility.

    Comment by gandriole — February 25, 2010 @ 7:13 pm

  10. I remember Larry Holmes proclaiming he was in “the best shape of his life” in 1988 before he stepped into the ring against Mike Tyson. Which was true, he lost about 15 pounds and really looked great laying unconscious on the canvas.

    Comment by Steve S. — February 25, 2010 @ 9:37 pm

  11. Russell Martin was “in the best shape of his life” last spring and had shed like 15 pounds. He got an incredibly hot French Canadian girlfriend, but ended up with a screwed up swing and a sudden inability to hit a good fastball. This spring, he put on like 25 pounds and we are expecting much more from him (and Marikym gets more to love).

    Comment by Alireza — February 25, 2010 @ 10:18 pm

  12. putting on 25 lbs in 4 months?

    yea thats natural

    Comment by Hell — February 25, 2010 @ 10:29 pm

  13. Scott Kazmir definitely belongs on the 2009 “best shape of my life” candidates. I drafted him relatively high based on the spring training article I read — and of course he was flat-out atrocious.

    Comment by dave crowell — February 26, 2010 @ 12:29 am

  14. Chipper Jones comes to Braves camp every year in the “best shape of his life.” Of course, considering his career progression from 2004-2008, you can almost believe it.

    Tim Hudson, this season, says “It’s like I have a new arm.”

    Comment by Bronnt — February 26, 2010 @ 2:10 am

  15. I don’t know if he qualifies for this since he really didn’t lose any weight but Joel Zumaya is a guy I’d like to throw out there. He’s returning from injury and according to him this is “the best he has felt since 2006.” Of course he says this every year and every year he implodes and get injures. Here’s one of the articles about it.

    http://www.mlive.com/tigers/index.ssf/2010/02/reliever_joel_zumaya_is_making.html

    Comment by Tobias F. — February 26, 2010 @ 7:44 am

  16. what he means is that he’s in the best “video gaming” shape of his life. destroyed Guitar Hero on Expert this winter.

    Comment by Steve — February 26, 2010 @ 8:29 am

  17. enough cheesesteaks, milkshakes and donuts and i dont see why it couldnt be

    Comment by TheUnrepentantGunner — February 26, 2010 @ 12:08 pm

  18. and poutine

    Comment by exxrox — February 26, 2010 @ 12:29 pm

  19. Adam Lind showed up last year with “20 pounds” of added muscle.

    He hit 35 home runs.

    Whether that was due to the added muscle, the extra confidence BECAUSE of the muscle, or because of his more regular playing time, or because he made the league adjustment is up for debate because of his extremely good minor league numbers.

    Comment by exxrox — February 26, 2010 @ 12:31 pm

  20. Can’t forget Kevin Millwood.

    Rangers fans were inundated with stories the last two years about how he’d revamped his offseason workout routine and came to camp in better shape than ever.

    Didn’t show up much in his FIP, but this last year he clearly improved his luckiness and managed to pitch enough innings to vest..

    Comment by PhilT — February 26, 2010 @ 1:03 pm

  21. No, that was me.

    Comment by Bryz — February 27, 2010 @ 1:15 am

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