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Russell Martin has been in the best shape of his life since 2008

Feb 25, 2011, 4:10 PM EDT

Russell Martin

I thought that Jim Leyland’s claim that Miguel Cabrera was in the best shape of his life was the final nail in the coffin of my favorite spring training cliche.  It seems, however, that Russell Martin is truly the man who took the BSOML meme out back and beat it to death with a large club.

Why? Because as Sam Miller of the OC Register notes, Martin has claimed, in one way or another, to be in the best shape of his life for four years running. But click through for the graphs Sam added and you realize that it may very well be that getting in shape is the worst thing that ever happened to Martin.  Either that or he has used BSOML to mask quickly eroding baseball skills.

Naw, no one would ever do that, would they?

  1. BC - Feb 25, 2011 at 5:02 PM

    Why do I think he’s going to be the 2011 version of Nick Johnson?

  2. baseballstars - Feb 25, 2011 at 5:40 PM

    Proof that BSOML stories are used to deter legitimate criticisms, or questions that those involved don’t want to answer. Or better yet, beat/sportswriters who need to write a column. The bottom line is that they don’t mean anything.

  3. stankfinger - Feb 25, 2011 at 7:04 PM

    When was the last time Albert Pujols had to say that? Case closed.

  4. noneofyourbusiness95 - Feb 25, 2011 at 7:08 PM

    How about “He hit .300 in the Dominican League”? Remember Rey Ordonez.

    • BC - Feb 26, 2011 at 4:49 PM

      That hurt.

  5. jwbiii - Feb 25, 2011 at 9:44 PM

    Has Martin stopped working out in the off season with Eric Gagne? If so, when?

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