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Dodgers to Ron Belliard: be slim, or be gone

Jan 27, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

About that Ron Belliard deal?Yes, it’s for $825,000, and yes, the Dodgers are likely counting on Belliard to win the second base job, but according to Dylan Hernandez of the L.A. Times, it’s not guaranteed.  But it can be:  All Belliard has to do is to weigh in at 209 or less at some point during spring training.

Why 209? Because that’s what the Dodgers say he weighed at the end of last year when he was really effective.  If that’s what he weighed a mere three months ago, it seems fair enough to me that he be expected to get there sometime within the next two months.

What would be unfair? Expecting him to weigh 180, which is what Baseball-Reference, the Nats’ media guide from last year and presumably his driver’s license and all of his baseball cards say.  I’m guessing he hasn’t been within donut-sniffing distance of 180 since Clinton’s first term.

  1. lessick - Jan 27, 2010 at 10:19 AM

    I love those listed weights. Matt Stairs may well be down to 199 now, but he was nowhere near the 230 that reports say he was at during the ’09 season. If he’s at 199, he lost 50+ pounds.

    I also remember a game in 1991 where a stadium scoreboard showed Cecil Fielder as 6’3″, 235 lbs. Maybe in high school.

  2. Levi Stahl - Jan 27, 2010 at 10:31 AM

    They’re clearly missing the point of Ronnie Belliard!!!
    Belliard was put in this earth so that we would question our assumptions: he’s round and has a goofy smile, so we assume he can’t possibly be a good infielder. Yet every time we look up, he’s ranged ridiculously far and gotten to a ball.
    A skinny Ronnie Belliard would be a travesty! The rounder the better!

  3. gumbercules - Jan 27, 2010 at 10:46 AM

    I’m still curious if he counts as multiple roster spots if he doesn’t come into camp at 209.

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