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Andres Torres is in the best shape of his life

Feb 8, 2011, 12:26 PM EDT

Andres Torres swinging

I’ve noticed that baseball writers are actually using the phrase “best shape of his life” less and less. Probably because it’s becoming a cliche.  But here the writers’ conscientiousness works against them! Yes, they are professional enough to quickly eshew cliche in their own writing, but they are also required by the same devotion to professionalism to accurately quote their subjects. Ladies and gentlemen: Andres Torres:

Torres says he works out five or six days a week in the offseason, a minimum of five hours per day. That’s a combination of workouts, including weight training, sprint training and baseball work.

He said he took one week off following the World Series before jumping into serious training.

“I’m in the best shape of my life,” Torres told me Friday. “I’m faster and stronger than I’ve ever been. … Last year I was in shape, but not like this year.”

When I was reading that I could almost see the writer, Scott Ostler, subtly shaking his head and cringing as the money quote drew near.

Or maybe he was smiling to himself because of some secret baseball writer’s bingo game in which they try to get players to unwittingly voice BSOML and other indispensable baseball cliches. Like, if any writer can actually get a player to recite the “Bull Durham” “we gotta play it one day at a time” speech verbatim, the writer collects all the money in the pool or something.

  1. Utley's Hair - Feb 8, 2011 at 1:20 PM

    BSOML drinking game—after a few shots you start seeing mystery teams walking around just like regular teams. They don’t know they’re mystery teams.

  2. sknut - Feb 8, 2011 at 1:41 PM

    At the end of spring training I want to see a spreadsheet that lists who has the most BSMOL guys, then we all know that team will win the World Series.

  3. lampdwellr - Feb 8, 2011 at 5:47 PM

    I actually want a Best Shape of My Life spreadsheet to see whether it correlates with an increase or decrease in performance. My bet: decrease.

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