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Tommy Hanson is in the best shape of his life

Feb 1, 2011, 11:35 AM EDT

Tommy Hanson

The “Player X has added Y pounds of muscle” construction is closely related to the BSOML phenomenon.  Indeed, it is believed that that “muscle” and “shape” have similar roots in Indo-European etymology!*

Don’t let the overgrown offseason beard fool you. Braves pitcher Tommy Hanson has been working hard this offseason, taking advantage of some new resources available to him.

Hanson spent the winter in Southern California working out at the Boras Sports Training Institute with a team of trainers … Hanson said Monday morning on the first day of the Braves’ pre-spring pitching camp that he’s gained 10 pounds of muscle.

On a less cliche note, everyone talks about Boras being the big willy agent because the money he gets his players. And that’s clearly the best reason to hire him.  But the fact that he has the money and scale to operate a training  center and have a staff whose sole purpose is to cater to baseball players — and the fact that it’s located in beautiful Southern California — has to be a pretty big differentiator.

*May not be true.

  1. Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Feb 1, 2011 at 11:41 AM

    Tommy Hanson is the best pitcher in baseball*

    • Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Feb 1, 2011 at 11:41 AM

      *may not be true

    • BC - Feb 1, 2011 at 11:51 AM

      He’ll win 35 games this year!

  2. Jonny 5 - Feb 1, 2011 at 12:01 PM

    I gained 10 lbs of muscle last week too. That was one big meatloaf…..

    Tommy “must be” using roids if he hasn’t crapped out that 10 lbs by spring training.. No HOF for you!!!!

    • cur68 - Feb 1, 2011 at 12:14 PM

      “Human body can only gain around 7 lbs of muscle a year” (spoken in thick eastern european accent)
      A. Schwarzenegger, 1981 (Known steroid user, political abuser and all round terminator.)
      So, with that well established muscle authority on the record, how does our boy Hanson add 10 in less than half a year? Maybe it IS the beard?

      • Jonny 5 - Feb 1, 2011 at 12:21 PM

        If the HOF Nazi Murray Chass get’s wind of this he will be forced to utter those words…

        NO HOF FOR YOU!!!!

  3. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Feb 1, 2011 at 1:43 PM

    What he really needed to add was some offense and respectable bullpen pitching to boost his credentials. He had a great year last season, but I think every one of Wagner’s blown saves came at Hanson’s expense, or the offense gave him zilch.

    34 starts
    25 starts giving up 2 ER or less (9-4 record, so 11 ND’s giving up 0-2 ER!)
    15 starts giving up 1 ER or less (6-3 record, so 9 ND’s after giving up 1 ER)
    8 starts giving up 0 ER (4-1 record)

    Almost as bad as Johan (# of games Santana won in 2010 after allowing more than 1 run = 1)

  4. spudchukar - Feb 1, 2011 at 2:38 PM

    *Not true is true. Shape, from OE (gesceap), Muscle from OG (mus). Just to be a little persnickety.

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