The Best Thread of Your Life

Every spring, there is one constant, a telltale sign of the beginning of baseball, when people are starved for news but there just isn’t any – the “Player X is in the best shape of his life” story. Every year, without fail, certain players report to spring training having done one of the following:

1. Lost 30 pounds
2. Had laser eye surgery
3. Rehabilitated their knee/back
4. Rededicated themselves to the game
5. Found a new passion for baseball

Because these things are more interesting than a player reporting to camp in exactly the same form he was last year, the guy and his new attribute get written up in the paper. He gives some quotes about why this is his year, how it is all going to be different, and why fans should prepare for a whole new version they’ve never seen before.

Most of the the time, it turns out to be nothing. The player is what he is, and he plays just like he always has, with his new form never mentioned again as he’s struggling in July. But, I’m sure some players have made legitimate strides in their work ethic this winter, and for some, it might even pay off.

So, to the end of actually documenting the success and failure of these players, let’s crowdsource the Best Shape Of Their Lives guys. If you see a story where a player is reported to have done one of the above things, please mention it in the
comments, along with a link to support the citation. Hopefully, we can get all of the Good Shapers in one list, and then look at how they perform once the season begins.

Here’s the list, to be updated as the information from the comments is confirmed:

Ken Griffey Jr – Seattle
Jonathan Sanchez – San Francisco
Carlos Zambrano – Chicago
Geovany Soto – Chicago
Daisuke Matsuzaka – Boston
Mike Pelfrey – New York
Chipper Jones – Atlanta
Brian McCann – Atlanta
Tim Hudson – Atlanta (clearly, it’s the Braves year)
Bobby Jenks – Chicago
Delmon Young – Minnesota
David Price – Tampa Bay



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Johnny Chicago
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Johnny Chicago
6 years 5 months ago

“Geovany Soto showed up at the Cubs Convention in January 40 pounds lighter…some whispered out loud on Chicago talk radio, Soto was on steroids.”

“I wasn’t strong,” he said. “I was just fat.”

http://muskat.mlblogs.com/archives/2010/02/216_soto_on_steroids_its_ridic.html

Robert
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Robert
6 years 5 months ago

That’s interesting. I remember back in 2003 Javy Lopez showed up to camp having lost around 20 pounds. Then he hit 43 HR, and while no evidence has emerged, seems like a very good candidate to have received some “extra” help that season. I guess the point is that steriods don’t always result in added weight. Heck, the first player busted was a pure speed guy, not a power hitter (can’t remember the name though).

Robert
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Robert
6 years 5 months ago

It was Alex Sanchez. He must have bulked up for his 2004 and 2005 seasons, when he hit career bests of 2 HR each.

Jim
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Jim
6 years 5 months ago

Don’t know if you consider Jarrod Washburn. He said he regained passion for the game in the first half of last season.

Lucid Judas
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Lucid Judas
6 years 5 months ago

Where was that passion in Detroit? Wouldn’t be the first time this city sapped th love of life out of someone :P

pr
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pr
6 years 5 months ago

Should Franklin Gutierrez henceforth be referred to as “The Passion”?

dutch
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Robert
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Robert
6 years 5 months ago

Chipper doesn’t really say he’s “in the best shape of his life.” I’m paraphrasing, but to me it sounds like he’s saying, “There’s no way I’ll suck as much as I did last year.” Still a positive outlook, but I wouldn’t take it in quite the same context.

Steven Ellingson
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Steven Ellingson
6 years 5 months ago

Delmon Young – lost 30 pounds. We are all expecting him to become a stud defender here in Minnesota.

Bob Loblaw
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Bob Loblaw
6 years 5 months ago
Bryz
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6 years 5 months ago

Delmon Young lost some of his puppy poundage this offseason…nearly 30 lbs. in fact. http://www.startribune.com/sports/twins/83219312.html?page=2&c=y

bender
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bender
6 years 5 months ago
RKO36
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6 years 5 months ago

Darn. You stole my link!

Don’t forget Kelly Shoppach feels like he’s “a kid coming into his very first spring training.”

Brad Johnson
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6 years 5 months ago

And I’m sure not having to squint to see the signs is going to do wonders for him…

Paapfly.com
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Paapfly.com
6 years 5 months ago

http://wap.mlb.com/sf/news/article/201002168081730/

J. Sanchez of the Giants added 12 lbs to bring him up to 200. They’re hoping this will improve his already quite impressive velocity.

ChuckO
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ChuckO
6 years 5 months ago

The scariest story for me as a Braves fan is that Brian McCann had laser surgery on his eyes during the off-season. The reason it’s scary is that they screwed it up last time, and he ended up wearing glasses for most of the season. I would be wary of having it again if I were him. How many times can you have the procedure before it has a permanent, negative effect on your vision?

Jon
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Jon
6 years 5 months ago

lol me and my brother jokingly called Brian McCann bat day Brain McCann blind as a bat day.

DKulich44
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DKulich44
6 years 5 months ago

At his age, a LASIK “touch up” (which is probably what he had) is extremely common, and 2nd time around it has great effects. Doctors generally will do an original LASIK, and one touch up, as after that there is usually not much corneal stroma left to work with.

APW
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APW
6 years 5 months ago

As amusing as I find these “best shape of his life” stories (hardballtalk is all over it, as well), I’m not sure if laser eye surgery belongs in the bogus column.

Take a look at Denard Span before surgery and after (between 2007 and 2008). While going from AAA to the majors he saw his OPS increase over 100 points and his walk rate nearly double. Generally you don’t get BETTER as you increase levels.

Obviously, he’s only the one guy. But that’s the only laser eye surgery story baseball story I know.

Bryz
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6 years 5 months ago

You can throw Francisco Liriano into the category of “lost weight” as well. However, I can’t confirm how much weight he supposedly lost: http://minnesota.twins.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20100131&content_id=8002820&vkey=news_min&fext=.jsp&c_id=min

JH
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JH
6 years 5 months ago

Andruw Jones, according to the PR wing of the Scott Boras corporation, otherwise known as Jon Heyman. http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2010/writers/jon_heyman/01/20/heyman.lincecum.arbitration/index.html?eref=writers

Eric
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6 years 5 months ago

Was about to post this too. Supposedly he is supposed to be in the best shape of his career.

Eric
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6 years 5 months ago

Here is the line from that article in case you miss it:

• Andruw Jones is said to be in the best shape he’s been in for a decade. This could wind up being the best $500,000 the White Sox ever spent.

Alex Remington
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6 years 5 months ago

If Kenny Williams wants an even better way to invest $500,000, I’m more than happy to discuss the digits of my bank account with him.

Kevin S.
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Kevin S.
6 years 5 months ago
Tim K.
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Tim K.
6 years 5 months ago

I assume this = best shape of his life. But it’s funny how this time of year both weight gain and weight loss are being reported with equal enthusiasm.

ledavidisrael
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6 years 5 months ago

People talk about Lincecum being ridiculously skinny for a professonal athelete for weighing 170 pounds. But he is only 5 11.

Clay weighted 185 last season and he is 6 3.

Thats one skinny mo fo.

Murray Chass, Jon Heyman, & Joe Morgan
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Murray Chass, Jon Heyman, & Joe Morgan
6 years 5 months ago

For Timmy, I think I’ll take the under on both, unless he has a midget on his shoulders.

JR
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JR
6 years 5 months ago

Trifecta: Russell Martin, Eric Gagne, Shawn Estes. Bonus points: Wendy Selig-Prieb, Bud Selig’s daughter:

http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20100216&content_id=8083186&vkey=news_mlb&fext=.jsp&c_id=mlb

Bob Loblaw
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Bob Loblaw
6 years 5 months ago

This is take-two for Russell Martin, who was on this list last offseason as well.

From rotoauthority on 2/16/09: “took up yoga, ‘credits his new girlfriend, a model and fellow native of Quebec, with teaching him an organized, grounded way to run his life.'”

Alex Remington
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6 years 5 months ago

I know what Martin’s talking about. I’m always a better player when I’m with a French Canadian model.

B N
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B N
6 years 5 months ago

That is easily the most amusing link I have seen all week. Shawn Estes is going to hit that tire with that sledgehammer and be darn surprised when it bounces back and brains him in the head, comprising the funniest preseason injury since Hunter Pence went pidgeon on a glass door.

radiohix
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radiohix
6 years 5 months ago

David Ortiz is “easily” 15 pounds lighter and reportedly “he’s been hitting the weights pretty hard”
http://www.boston.com/sports/baseball/redsox/articles/2010/01/31/contract_year_theory_provides_food_for_thought/?page=1

JoeIQ
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JoeIQ
6 years 5 months ago

Zito would have made this list last year, and he was quite a bit better, and had his fastball velocity back.

Kincaid
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6 years 5 months ago

Matt Stairs:

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=4852323

“Stairs, who spends each offseason as the assistant hockey coach for Bangor High School in Maine, has dropped 31 pounds this winter playing senior hockey and dieting with the Nutrisystem program. He began the offseason at 230 pounds and currently weighs 199. That’s the lightest he’s been in 15 years.”

don
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don
6 years 5 months ago

The “playing senior hockey” makes me chuckle. Hitting a baseball hard really is a specialized skill.

Adam
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Adam
6 years 5 months ago

Royals’ prospect Eric Hosmer, according to Keith Law “astigmatism, resolved by late-summer laser surgery that he says made a huge difference in his vision.”

http://insider.espn.go.com/mlb/insider/columns/story?columnist=law_keith&id=4859884#Hosmer

Big Oil
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Big Oil
6 years 5 months ago
Jay
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Jay
6 years 5 months ago

Oliver Perez and Jose Reyes.

Dan
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Dan
6 years 5 months ago

I think you can definitely include Ollie on this:

http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/mets/2010/01/ollie-says-hes-ready-to-go.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+nydnrss%2Fblogs%2Fmets+%28Blogs%2FSurfing+the+Mets%29#ixzz0de2Ko4OR

“After hitting rock-bottom, Perez took his off season conditioning more seriously this time and even relocated his off season home to Arizona where he worked out daily at the behest of the Mets. He has spent all winter training at Fischer Sports”

Bob Loblaw
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Bob Loblaw
6 years 5 months ago

Tim Dierkes has done this for the last couple years over at (the now mostly defunct) Rotoauthority. Calls it “Spring Training Cliches.”

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

Bob Loblaw
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Bob Loblaw
6 years 5 months ago

here’s a results follow up to his ’08 list

http://www.rotoauthority.com/2009/01/follow-up-sprin.html

Bob Loblaw
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Bob Loblaw
6 years 5 months ago

pt2: this one also has added pitches…. NICE

http://www.rotoauthority.com/2009/01/follow-up-spr-1.html

Adam
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Adam
6 years 5 months ago

I can’t believe Miguel Cabrera quitting his binge-drinking didn’t make the original post or the first 25 comments. I don’t know of a link, but I feel like every time a writer has mentioned Miggy this offseason, they have also brought up how he has given up the sauce.

kardon
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kardon
6 years 5 months ago

probably bc Miggy was actually a drunk and actually quit drinking. Dave’s point is that most of these stories are a joke, Miggy’s is not quite that.

Brandon f
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Brandon f
6 years 5 months ago

kyle blanks is at his college weight… should help him man left field this season…

Malcontent
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Malcontent
6 years 5 months ago

http://losangeles.angels.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20100208&content_id=8039516&vkey=news_ana&fext=.jsp&c_id=ana

Scott Kazmir has a new “Core Strengthening Workout” that he thinks will help him pitch deeper into games and maintain his velocity

Jason461
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Jason461
6 years 5 months ago

I would just like to say that, though I will turn 30 this summer and haven’t played organized baseball of any kind in something like ten years, that I am absolutely in the best shape of my life (except for the bum shoulder and slight paunch) and totally ready to help the team. I think they’ll really benefit from having me on the roster. I mean, I’m not perfect or anything. I’m not a superstar and I know that. Basically, I’m Willy Taveras without the speed, but I think there’s room for someone like me. I really think I can contribute. I just can’t wait to get back on the field. I think all the coaches are going to be really surprised by what they see.

brendan
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brendan
6 years 5 months ago

pablo sandoval reportedly lost a bunch of weight during the offseason. ‘camp panda’ it was called in the papers.
http://articles.sfgate.com/2010-01-27/sports/17836026_1_pablo-sandoval-giants-bases

mark
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mark
6 years 5 months ago
terry24
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terry24
6 years 5 months ago

I don’t know that Carl Crawford is in any better shape, but he’s “fixed the hitch” in his step that made it take him so long to get to top speed, he was so slow before

http://insider.espn.go.com/espn/blog/index?entryID=4913539&name=olney_buster&action=login&appRedirect=http%3a%2f%2finsider.espn.go.com%2fespn%2fblog%2findex%3fentryID%3d4913539%26name%3dolney_buster

Lucid Judas
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Lucid Judas
6 years 5 months ago

Brandon Inge Rehabbed his knees… http://detnews.com/article/20100217/SPORTS0104/2170330

Of course his knees are in better shape! Unless he spent the off season rapping a ball peen hammer off of his knee caps all winter they are going to feel better than they did at the end of last season.

Lucid Judas
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Lucid Judas
6 years 5 months ago
descender
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descender
6 years 5 months ago

Can’t you just put A-Rod on the list? I’m sure this is the best something of his life, we’ll just find out what that is when they get some reporters in his face.

Mitchell
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Mitchell
6 years 5 months ago
Jon
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Jon
6 years 5 months ago

ha ha!

rickieweeks
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rickieweeks
6 years 5 months ago

Corey Hart

Dealer A
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Dealer A
6 years 5 months ago

Here is the link to the JS-Online Brewer writer twitter feed commenting on Corey Hart’s “insanity” weight lose program. He was already skinny….

http://twitter.com/Haudricourt/status/8460247697

Oscar
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Oscar
6 years 5 months ago

Orioles 2009 first rounder Matt Hobgood has lost weight!

http://masnsports.com/2010/02/hobgood-arrives-early-at-os-mi.html

AK707
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AK707
6 years 5 months ago

Aaron Rowand “came to camp about 10 pounds lighter than he did last spring. He said he cut out junk food and soda and took up bicycling. In fact, he figured he rode 2,000 to 2,200 miles around the Las Vegas area this winter.
Rowand did not slim down because he was asked to be the leadoff hitter. In fact, he said he already had dropped the weight when Bochy called to discuss the idea. Rowand said he told Bochy, ‘You’re in luck, skip.”

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/giants/detail?entry_id=57429

Brian Cartwright
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Brian Cartwright
6 years 5 months ago

I biked over 2000 miles around the hills of western PA when I was 18-19. I had damn strong legs, could do 20 reps of 500 lb leg press, but it ruined my running speed and outfield range. Then I bought a car and got fat.

David MVP Eckstein
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6 years 5 months ago

Tim Dierkes beat ya to this one last year:
http://www.rotoauthority.com/2009/02/spring-training.html

Bob Loblaw
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Bob Loblaw
6 years 5 months ago

and I beat you about twenty posts up :P

David MVP Eckstein
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6 years 5 months ago

hahahaa touche sir!

lftyg33
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lftyg33
6 years 5 months ago
David MVP Eckstein
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6 years 5 months ago

Results of spring training cliches, 2008 season:

http://www.rotoauthority.com/2009/01/follow-up-sprin.html
\http://www.rotoauthority.com/2009/01/follow-up-spr-1.html

Blaise
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Blaise
6 years 5 months ago

http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/blog/big_league_stew/post/Charlie-Manuel-headlines-crop-of-early-weight-lo?urn=mlb,215570

Charlie Manuel, expecting a 1.24 MPH to pitcher’s mound this year.
Matt Stairs lost 31 pounds. Expecting a .100 avg with 82 home runs.
Pablo Sandoval

Deej
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Deej
6 years 5 months ago

You forgot “found the Lord”

Nick
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6 years 5 months ago
Jon S.
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6 years 5 months ago

David Freese of the Cardinals is apparrently in the best shape of his life. This is apparently an attempt to be something more than ludicrously average at third base.

We all like to doubt this sort of talk, but King Felix came into camp last year minus something like 20 pounds. And he was the Cy Young runner-up.

Jon S.
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6 years 5 months ago

Apparently I use the word “apparently” too much. Apparently, it can detract from the apparent quality of comments.

Mrgfeeny
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Mrgfeeny
6 years 5 months ago

Who’s in shape and who’s not always seems to be an early spring training question, and the only player I saw who was a noticeably different size was Jonathan Albaladejo, who said he lost 30 pounds this winter. “A lot of running,” he said.

For the first time since he turned pro, Albaladejo did not play winter ball in Puerto Rico. He instead focused on getting into shape. “I definitely feel more fresh,” he said. “My arm feels more life.”

http://yankees.lhblogs.com/2010/02/17/notes-from-day-1/

TWA
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TWA
6 years 5 months ago

Jim Edmonds is supposedly in the best shape he has been in over a decade. Good news for Brewers fans, another 8+ WAR season is all but guaranteed.

Ivdown
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Ivdown
6 years 5 months ago

He will finally get that well-deserved and elusive MVP ;P

Sean
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6 years 5 months ago

Every Pirate interviewed in this podcast.

http://wpgb.com/cc-common/podcast/single_podcast.html?podcast=extrainnings.xml

part 1 and part 2 of the “Pirates Caravan broadcast” from 1/24/10

It’s somewhat tongue in cheek, but every player asked the question “are you in the best shape of your life” responds in the affirmative.

Includes: Andrew McCutchen, Ross Ohlendorf, Garrett Jones, etc.

durs836
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durs836
6 years 5 months ago

Aaron Rowand is reporting to camp much leaner, 10 lbs lighter than he was when he reported last year.

Also, Zito went to Eurpoe in the off season to do some soul searching…. apparently he didnt find anything. (not kidding watch the videos)

http://www.csnbayarea.com/pages/giants_video

BaconSlayer09
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6 years 5 months ago

Andruw Jones is in “the best shape of his life”, according to Jon Heyman. Notice that this isn’t White Sox propaganda.

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.c…tion/index.html

Steve
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Steve
6 years 5 months ago

no crap…

Boras works for Jones and Heyman works for Boras…

BaconSlayer09
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6 years 5 months ago

Oops, shoulda looked that it had already been posted. >_>

Steve
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Steve
6 years 5 months ago
Ben
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Joe R
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Joe R
6 years 5 months ago

I’m pretty sure Ortiz lost weight last season, too.

To be fair he did hit well for 4 months, he was just so bad for 2 months that he was replacement level anyway.

didycel
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didycel
6 years 5 months ago

Jack Wilson

“I am 100 percent healthy and really, really excited to be back in Seattle,” Wilson said. “It’s such a great chance to win and compete. I want to show [the fans] who I really am and what I can do.”

http://seattle.mariners.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20100216&content_id=8080858&vkey=news_sea&fext=.jsp&c_id=sea

Jon S.
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6 years 5 months ago

Yes. Guti is the passion.

JohnF
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JohnF
6 years 5 months ago

http://yankees.lhblogs.com/2010/02/17/notes-from-day-1/

Jonathan Albaladejo lost 30 pounds.

Adam
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Adam
6 years 5 months ago

This thread/study is filled with so much win.

Pat
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Pat
6 years 5 months ago
Mark
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Mark
6 years 5 months ago

Denver Post Reporting Aaron Cook lost 16 lbs.

http://www.denverpost.com/rockies/ci_14422369

and I’m not sure if this one counts for Todd Helton

http://www.denverpost.com/rockies/ci_14422661

Jamal G.
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6 years 5 months ago

Jonathan Albaladejo lost exactly 30 pounds, per Chad Jennings of the LoHud Yankees blog: http://bit.ly/9ZCiIn

MA
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MA
6 years 5 months ago

Brett Myers is a perennial candidate.

Initial photos from Clearwater suggest that Joe Blanton has made himself a better man.

BX
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BX
6 years 5 months ago

Dice-K has already ended up on the DL, IIRC.

Mike
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Mike
6 years 5 months ago

Jonathan Albaledejo, New York Yankees:

http://yankees.lhblogs.com/2010/02/17/notes-from-day-1/

Dan
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Dan
6 years 5 months ago

Linked from Buster Olney’s article, Aaron Rowand came to camp in great shape:

http://www.mercurynews.com/sports-headlines/ci_14423077?nclick_check=1

Nate
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Nate
6 years 5 months ago

Tyler Colvin added 25 lbs of muscle.

Alfonso Soriano has rehabbed his knee from surgery, and Aramis Ramirez has rehabbed his shoulder from last year’s dislocation.

Jason
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Jason
6 years 5 months ago

Does a baseball player’s weight loss or muscle gain add up to a breakout?
http://www.fantasyballjunkie.com/?p=2857
“We looked at two seasons worth of data on batters, looking at their Marcel projected Runs Created heading into the season and their actual performance. Doing so allowed us to see the players who were outperforming or underperforming their projections…”

gnomez
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gnomez
6 years 5 months ago

I’d love to see Da Meat Hook make this list.

MikeS
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MikeS
6 years 5 months ago

They didn’t use the words “best shape of his career” when talking about Jake Peavy but they clearly wanted to.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball/whitesox/ct-spt-0217-white-sox-jake-peavy-chicago-20100216,0,4276571.story

ZachS
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6 years 5 months ago
Steve
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Steve
6 years 5 months ago

I’ve seen several of the above criteria mentioned in reference to Lastings Milledge at the PBC Blog of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

His wrist is healthy, so he’ll show the power he was projected to have as a prospect… He took things for granted because baseball always came easy to him and now he realizes the error of his ways… he looks to be in great shape and “noticeably slimmer”… etc, etc, blah, blah, blah…

I believe it was also reported Evan Meek turned fat into muscle in hopes of regaining velocity on his fastball…

thomas
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thomas
6 years 5 months ago

joba chamberlain spent the offseason getting serious about baseball and showed up in great shape “ready to compete”

Johnathan Albadejo lost 30 pounds.

john
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john
6 years 5 months ago

http://twitter.com/Buster_ESPN/status/9298068546
http://twitter.com/Buster_ESPN/status/9298100934

“Saw Cole Hamels today and was extremely impressed with how he has bounced back from 2009, mentally and physically. Agree with Charlie Manuel’s take on him:He is poised for a big year.He is tinkering with a cut fastball, and has spoken with Steve Carlton repeatedly about it.”

Heather
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Heather
6 years 5 months ago

Chase Utley has been working out with Derek Jeter’s trainer, and is in the best shape of his life.
http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/story/MLB-spring-training-buzz-021510

M.S.
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M.S.
6 years 5 months ago

http://masnsports.com/2010/01/putting-on-a-happy-face.html

Ty Wigginton looks to have lost some weight.

Simon
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Simon
6 years 5 months ago

http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2010/feb/13/padres-blanks-leaner-keener/

Kyle Blanks loses 15 lbs. Good thing since he’s a pretty big boy already and suffered from Plantar Fascitis(sp?) last season

Lee D
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Lee D
6 years 5 months ago

dunno if this counts, but randy winn has done alot of work this off season and vows to have a better year. per rotoworld.com:
After batting just .158 against left-handers in 2009, outfielder Randy Winn is confident that he will perform better this season.
“I was horrible,” Winn said of last season. “The numbers showed it. I was terrible and there’s no two ways about it. It was a bad year. I don’t think it had anything to do with my age or loss of bat speed or anything like that. I was personally terrible. My career numbers have been much better than that and I’ve done a lot of work this off-season and hopefully I’m back to where I’ve been the majority of my career.” Winn has actually fared quite well against lefties during his career — posting a 758 OPS compared to a 764 OPS against righties — so chances are this was an anomaly. He’s expected to be “anything from a fourth outfielder to a starting outfielder,” according to manager Joe Girardi.

Hitterish
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Hitterish
6 years 5 months ago

Clint Barmes is in fantastic shape. Gave up deer meat and tripping upstairs.

Jeff
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Jeff
6 years 5 months ago

http://www.boston.com/sports/baseball/redsox/articles/2010/01/31/contract_year_theory_provides_food_for_thought/?page=2

“Hungry: Bill Hall has been spiraling downward since hitting 35 homers in 2006 … For the first time in his career, he is working out at API, taking this opportunity very seriously.”

A serious Brewers fan I know told me there was a lot of talk in the MIL papers of Bill Hall getting out of shape, a bad attitude in the club house, etc during his last few disappointing years …

greymstreet
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greymstreet
6 years 5 months ago

Felix! I don’t know if passing reference counts
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/marinersblog/2011120449_mariners_put_through_physical.html?syndication=rss
And Chad Cordero is as good as he was in college. So I don’t know if that counts either

Trebor
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Trebor
6 years 5 months ago

Rangers’ Matt Harrison reportedly 30 pounds lighter than last spring.

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/spt/baseball/rangers/stories/021910dnsporangdate.3e77326.html

“I came in here as good as shape as I could be in and with the mindset of making the team,” Harrison said.

Mitchell
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Mitchell
6 years 5 months ago

Obvious one – “(Miguel) Cabrera is in the best shape of his career…”

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/spring2010/news/story?id=4924532

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6 years 5 months ago
Matt
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6 years 5 months ago

I will say, last year Derek Jeter “rededicated himself to playing defense” and put together a fine year in the field.

Matt
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6 years 5 months ago

Josh Hamilton claims to be one of the members of this little club.

http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20100219&content_id=8097368&vkey=news_mlb&fext=.jsp&c_id=mlb

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6 years 5 months ago

Kyle Kendrick.

Although I don’t know if it counts since it was Manuel that said it and not him: http://blogs.delawareonline.com/philledin/2010/02/19/halladay-isnt-feeling-any-pressure/

“–Manuel took notice of Phillippe Aumont’s sinker and said Kendrick, competing against Jamie Moyer for the No. 5 starter job, “is in the best shape I’ve seen him.” Kendrick should be. He has been working out with Halladay for the past five weeks.”

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6 years 5 months ago

“Wakefield said he is ahead of schedule and that his doctors are thrilled with his progress. ‘This is the best I’ve felt in years,’ he said.”

http://www.boston.com/sports/baseball/redsox/extras/extra_bases/2010/02/wakefield_ahead.html

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6 years 5 months ago

Nick Swisher lost 12 pounds this offseason with boxing-heavy workouts.
Swisher is hoping the light sparring will help his durability and power numbers this season. The 28-year-old outfielder batted .249 last year with 29 homers, 89 RBI and a career-high .869 OPS. Some regression should be expected, but he definitely fits the bill of “fantasy sleeper.”
Source: Pete Caldera on Twitter
rotoworld

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6 years 5 months ago

oops, someone beat me t oswish

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6 years 5 months ago
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6 years 5 months ago

I heard that prince fielder is doing p90x and is basically cut up like Rambo now

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6 years 5 months ago

Nate McLouth’s late season slump is being attributed to poor vision, new contacts this season

http://atlanta.braves.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20100219&content_id=8100516&vkey=news_atl&fext=.jsp&c_id=atl

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6 years 5 months ago
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6 years 5 months ago

David Wright:

http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/mets/after_hrs_fall_off_david_adds_muscle_B1KjlFv5kfZdFbWqz1ANKN

“Wright is 206 pounds, the most solid 206 pounds of his baseball life.”

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6 years 5 months ago

Ian Stewart “tweaked” his swing during the offseason, reports Jim Armstrong of the Denver Post.
“I want to work on being able to stay through the ball,” says Stewart, who struck out 138 times in 491 plate appearances last season. “Sometimes you hit a few home runs and you get greedy up there. I’ve got to remember to stay within myself and work the ball to all fields. It’s nothing major. I guess the right word would be tweaking.” He won’t be drafted for his batting average, but with the third base gig all to himself, Stewart will be an intriguing power source in fantasy leagues this season. rotoworld

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6 years 5 months ago
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6 years 5 months ago

Martin Prado – from DOB’s comments section

David O’Brien

February 23rd, 2010
1:15 pm
Also in great shape: Martin Prado, who lost 14 pounds through PX90 program. His arms and chest just as big and he’s stronger, he says. Lost all the weight in his midsection.

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6 years 5 months ago
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6 years 4 months ago

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6 years 2 months ago

I saw the P90X infomercial this morning and I’m intrigued. I will read more testimonies before I make a purchase. It is kind of pricey with all the accessories.

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6 years 1 month ago

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5 years 4 months ago

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