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Reds want Yonder Alonso to lose some weight

Sep 15, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT


They aren’t sure where Yonder Alonso will play defensively, using the natural first baseman in left field and at third base because of Joey Votto‘s presence, but the Reds are certain the 24-year-old former first-round pick needs to lose some weight wherever he winds up.

Alonso, who’s listed at 6-foot-2 and 241 pounds, told John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer that he’s already hired a personal chief with an eye on changing his offseason routine:

It’s going to be an offseason where I’m going to do a lot of things differently. I’m going to get faster. My offseason workout regiment is going to be very different. A lot more running. It’s going to be a left fielder-type attitude coming into the offseason. I’m very excited. We’ll go from there.

Dusty Baker told Fay that the Reds haven’t decided on a specific number of pounds they want Alonso to lose, but the idea is clearly to find out if he’s capable of being the long-term answer in left field.

Prior to being called up most people who’d seen Alonso regularly in the minors had serious doubts about his ability to handle any position but first base and he’s made multiple miscues in left field while posting some hideous numbers in what’s admittedly a small sample size. However, if the goal is for Alonso to simply go from “horrendous” to merely “bad” defensively the combination of dropping 15-20 pounds and gaining more experience in the outfield could do the trick.

  1. Old Gator - Sep 15, 2011 at 10:18 AM

    If he’s going to play in America, he ought to sound like an American. Why doesn’t this unassimilated nonindigine change his name to “Alonso Over There”?

    Sorry – just thought it would be fun to sound like an Arizona Republican this morning….

    • presidentmiraflores - Sep 15, 2011 at 10:23 AM

      I don’t know about you, Gator, but I’ve heard yonder many times in the south. And what could be more American than being overweight, and having your employers make you take on the responsibilities of a position other than the one for which they hired you?

      • Old Gator - Sep 15, 2011 at 10:26 AM

        Coming out of a background in academics, I can assure you that nothing could possibly be more American than that. Especially if they’ve got you trying to teach football players to write coherent sentences. Not even the “special ed” faculty ever signed up for that.

    • stlouis1baseball - Sep 15, 2011 at 3:32 PM

      Come on Gator. Please don’t tell me your another one of those belonging to the “warm and fuzzy” party who happen to feel guilty about the monies they make. Capitalism…that nasty, vulger, filthy capitalism.

  2. bravesman1983 - Sep 15, 2011 at 11:59 AM

    Alonso, who’s listed at 6-foot-2 and 241 pounds, told John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer that he’s already hired a personal chief with an eye on changing his offseason routine:

    I’m also hearing speculation that Alonso’s personal chief will employ a rather unorthodox method for cardiovascular workouts: He’ll be having Yonder engage in a daily rain dance.

    • sandpiperair - Sep 15, 2011 at 12:11 PM

      Wouldn’t that be more the role of his personal shaman?

  3. APBA Guy - Sep 15, 2011 at 12:13 PM

    The Reds wouldn’t be the first team to try to hide a DH in left. That’s a tradition as old as baseball. The Reds themselves most recently had Jonny Gomes in left, pretty bad, but not horrendous. And watching the A’s Josh Willingham “play” left has been an eye opener. But I doubt that Alonso, should he lose 15 pounds, could possibly be worse than Ben Grieve, who made Benjie Molina look like Usain Bolt.

    • paperlions - Sep 15, 2011 at 1:10 PM

      True enough….but those DHs usually are not only 24 yrs old. Still, couldn’t be any worse than Dunn was out there, could he?

    • stlouis1baseball - Sep 15, 2011 at 3:34 PM

      Ummmm…Jonny Gomes IS horrendous in Left. Great teammate, solid hitter (at times)…but horrible Leftfielder. Make no mistake…most LF are horrible. But Jonny Gomes seems to lead the pack.

    • feartherallythong - Sep 15, 2011 at 5:33 PM

      I was at a Gigantes game, I timed Benjie running to first base.
      On a calendar (cue rim-shot)

  4. metalhead65 - Sep 15, 2011 at 3:47 PM

    great so what excuse will dusty use for not playing him next year when he reports in shape?over weight or not there is no excuse for keeping him and the rest of the triple A guys the reds called up on the bench. because of his mis management the reds still do not know who will play left field or 3rd base next year. if he had done the sensible thing and played Chris Heisey everyday for at least a month they might already have the answer. but no in dustyland .200 hiters like gomes get more at bats and playing time than a young guy with potential.and when he dows play he he hits, he even hit 3 homers in a game only to sit the next week. but he has no problem playing drew stubbs who strikes out 3-4 times a game everyday. he is without a doubt the worst manager in baseball. yes the reds won last year but that was in spite of him, everybody had career years and all the breaks went their way. this year? not so much. and please do not get me started about his mishandling of the pitching staff. who else sends a guy with mono out to pitch every 5th day and get pounded? that takes 6-8 weeks to get over but he never missed a start. he could do none of the conditioning you need between starts but that did not stop dusty from sending him out to get pounded!

    • stlouis1baseball - Sep 15, 2011 at 4:06 PM

      Metal…hahahaha! You sound exactly like all my buddies. For what it’s worth…I even mentioned several times that ole ‘Double Switch Dusty” should leave Heisy in Left for at least a month so he could get comfortable (and I am Cardinals fan). I think Dusty (similar to TLR at times) just doesn’t like prosperity.

  5. mianfr - Sep 15, 2011 at 4:17 PM

    How in the world can he afford a personal chef?

    • stlouis1baseball - Sep 15, 2011 at 4:20 PM


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