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Lance Berkman is in the best shape of his life

Jan 14, 2011, 9:24 AM EDT

Lance Berkman

Usually, BSoML stories are mock-worthy. In Lance Berkman’s case, it’s serious business. That’s because Berkman is trying to do that which is not usually done: move right on the defensive spectrum in his mid-30s.  As Joe Strauss notes, however: Berkman is taking this very, very seriously:

“If I have a repeat of last year I’m probably out of the game,” Berkman says. “While that doesn’t really bother me, I feel like God has given me a gift to play the game, and I want to take full advantage of that. I don’t want to see it end because I’m not in the best possible shape. If my skills have eroded, fine. That happens to everybody. But I don’t want it to be because I didn’t put in the best possible effort forth to be in great shape.”

And he’s putting in that effort, Strauss reports.  He’s dropped 20 pounds, has reduced his body fat, has overhauled his diet and is working on agility drills and stuff daily.

I worry about Berkman in the outfield.  I desperately want him to succeed, however. Maybe because I like Lance Berkman. Maybe because I’m getting older and I’m feeling out of shape myself and want to believe that you can arrest the march of time, at least for a little while.

  1. BC - Jan 14, 2011 at 9:48 AM

    He did look a little hefty last year (takes one to know one). Still don’t understand why he didn’t sign with a team where he could play 1B, though.

    • Jeremiah Graves - Jan 14, 2011 at 11:38 AM

      Oh come on, there’s no way that Pujols kid is gonna stick at first base.

  2. purnellmeagrejr - Jan 14, 2011 at 1:15 PM

    If he says grace before meals and remembers to thanks god after every hit I think he’ll have a good year

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