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Pirates’ President Coonelly: “there’s work to be done” on Pedro Alvarez’s conditioning

Feb 3, 2011, 9:35 AM EDT

Pedro Alvarez

There was a report last week that Pedro Alvarez had gained 15 unwanted pounds this offseason. Team President Coonelly refuted that yesterday. Somewhat:

“The weight figures reported last week in piratesreport.com were not accurate. Having said that, we have continued to stress to Pedro the critical importance of his conditioning. Pedro has gotten stronger through an extensive offseason conditioning program, but there is still work to be done with respect to body weight and composition.”

If he’s quibbling over the actual number of pounds but not refuting concerns about Alvarez’s overall conditioning, it probably means that there was more than a little something to the initial report.

That said, Alvarez is a young guy. And young guys have this obnoxious habit of being able to shed pounds with very little effort if they put their mind to it.  God I hate them for that.

  1. BC - Feb 3, 2011 at 9:37 AM

    Why does this matter? Is it the difference between the Pirates losing 100 games instead of 105 games? Have another Denny’s Grand Slam….

    • okobojicat - Feb 3, 2011 at 9:59 AM

      The difference is that if Alvarez doesn’t get himself into shape soon, he never will and he’ll have to move to 1B or DH and that makes the Pirates worse in 3 or 4 years when they might compete.

    • Joe - Feb 3, 2011 at 10:00 AM

      It’s OK to talk about the terrible teams and their players, IMO.

    • BC - Feb 3, 2011 at 10:28 AM

      The Pirates won’t be competing anytime soon. You look at a team like the Royals – comparable, smaller market team that’s been a doormat for a long time – and the difference in what’s coming up through the farm system is night and day. The Pirates are cooked for the forseeable future.

  2. Adam - Feb 3, 2011 at 9:44 AM

    He probably means Pedro has only gained 14 pounds, not the ridiculous 15 that is being reported.

  3. trevorb06 - Feb 3, 2011 at 11:08 AM

    “than a little something to the initial report.

    That said, Alvarez is a young guy. And young guys have this obnoxious habit of being able to shed pounds with very little effort if they put their mind to it. God I hate them for that.”

    Yeah Craig, us youngins do that. As a college student working full time I would eat 5 meals a day, big meals, and struggle to keep on 135lbs. Alvarez will do just fine. He’s not the same body type as Sandoval so he’ll not have as bad of weight issues.

    • BC - Feb 3, 2011 at 12:25 PM

      I lost weight once. But it found me.

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