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