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Giants manager Bruce Bochy says Pablo Sandoval and Tim Lincecum need to get in better shape

Aug 27, 2010, 10:14 AM EDT

In talking to Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News yesterday Giants manager Bruce Bochy said he wants to see both Pablo Sandoval and Tim Lincecum get into better physical condition this offseason.

Grouping them together may seem strange given that Sandoval is one of the portliest players in baseball and Lincecum probably weighs about 170 pounds soaking wet (mostly because of the hair), but Bochy feels that a lack of conditioning has contributed to both players disappointing with their performances this season.

Really, the biggest goal is to get them in the best condition they’ve ever been in. In this game, I don’t think players should ever feel they’ve arrived. They should always seek to improve. And not only in how they play, but what kind of shape they’re in.

They are two young players with special gifts and talents, but you still have to work at all parts of the game, and that includes conditioning. Sometimes you learn in your second or third season how important that is. Players realize how hard they have to work to continue the level of performance they want to play at.

There were stories all the winter about Sandoval dieting and working out in an attempt to shed pounds, but the man they call Kung Fu Panda showed up at spring training as hefty as ever. Setting aside whether or not the extra weight hurts his offense, it definitely makes it tough to show good range defensively at third base and Bochy indicated that a full-time shift across the diamond could be in store if he doesn’t slim down.

As for Lincecum, according to Baggarly “the conditioning issue is a little more complicated” because “his unique mechanics rely on a gymnast’s flexibility to generate torque, so bulking up isn’t the answer.” However, he writes that “the coaching staff believes cardiovascular fatigue and a lack of lower-body strength are reasons his fastball loses steam after two or three innings.”

To his credit, Lincecum has apparently taken Bochy’s advice to heart and is not waiting until the offseason to change his routines. “He’s taken responsibility already for putting in more time and effort into his workouts,” Bochy told Baggarly. “He’s been spending more time in the weight room, but that has to carry throughout the offseason, too.”

  1. Bill@TDS - Aug 27, 2010 at 10:32 AM

    Simple solution: the training staff finds a way to add them together and divide by two. Et voila: two perfectly normally-conditioned ballplayers!

  2. okobojicat - Aug 27, 2010 at 10:52 AM

    Sandoval already consumes too much “munchies” while Tim seems to be an expert at resisting the urges. Can you transfer that skill?

  3. walk - Aug 27, 2010 at 11:08 AM

    “fastball loses steam after two or three innings” Sounds like every reliever i know of. The best closers come out of the pen snorting fire and give their all for just a few batters. Put them in for a start or two and they pace themselves and their stuff mellows out. It seems like this is as much of an issue for timmy learning to pace himself as it is any other issue.

  4. Ditto65 - Aug 27, 2010 at 1:27 PM

    Smoking contributes to cardiovascular fatigue. Get off the weed, young man.

  5. Trevor B - Aug 28, 2010 at 12:58 PM

    Smoking cigarettes contributes to cardiovascular fatigue, smoking marajuana actually does not believe it or not. :-)

    no, i’m not a pot head, just informed.

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