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Come February, Phil Hughes may be in the best shape of his life

Nov 14, 2011, 10:31 AM EDT

Phil Hughes AP

Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York notes that the Yankees weren’t pleased with Phil Hughes conditioning last year and are heartened that he appears to be taking steps to correct that heading into 2012:

Phil Hughes didn’t show up to spring training grossly overweight last February, but he’d packed on enough pounds to end up in what the New York Yankees call “fat camp.” It is for players who need to up their conditioning a bit to ready themselves for the season. With 2012 spring training now less than 100 days away, Hughes is reverting to the workout program that preceded his All-Star 2010 season, which makes Yankees GM Brian Cashman think an uptick in Hughes’ performance will follow.

So I presume that we’ll see some “Phil Hughes is in the best shape of his life stories this spring.  Which is fine.  Of course if people think that conditioning, as opposed to other physical problems, was his biggest issue in the first half of the season, well, whatever.

  1. yankeesfanlen - Nov 14, 2011 at 10:41 AM

    Nice to see “2012 spring training is less than 100 days away”. Also, Yankees have 2 BSOLs already.
    Make that three: Beep-beep is ALWAYS perfect.

    • yankeesgameday - Nov 14, 2011 at 10:47 AM

      Len, the spring training is less than 100 days away part is totally what got me about that story too.

  2. rollinghighwayblues - Nov 14, 2011 at 10:56 AM

    ” Hughes is reverting to the workout program that preceded his All-Star 2010 season”

    Sooo…if he became an All-Star in 2010 after completing the workout regimen, why in the hell would he not follow it up for the 2011 campaign?? I will never understand how players with tons of talent neglect their bodies and consequently let their game go to crap.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Nov 14, 2011 at 12:45 PM

      Well it was more his lofty win total than anything that caused him to be an all-star in ’10

      • Kevin S. - Nov 14, 2011 at 1:30 PM

        His first half of the year was pretty solid beyond just his win totals, justifying All-Star status. His second half was where the wins kept coming even though the performance dropped.

  3. - Nov 14, 2011 at 11:38 AM

    I think “Spring Training is less than 100 Days Away” should have it’s own post.

  4. sdelmonte - Nov 14, 2011 at 11:46 AM

    What if he shows up in the second best shape of his life?

    • Kyle - Nov 14, 2011 at 12:01 PM

      That would be a bold strategy.

  5. proudlycanadian - Nov 14, 2011 at 12:09 PM

    I was waiting for this story once I read about his off season plans. We know that we will not see a story about C C being in the best shape of his life. I want to see a story about A. J’s off season plans.

    • foreverchipper10 - Nov 14, 2011 at 3:51 PM

      I was hoping instead of fat camp they referred to it as Camp CC

  6. whatthehellisansky - Nov 14, 2011 at 12:12 PM

    wow if hughes is the pillsbury doughboy than pablo sandoval is the stay puft marshmallow man (of ghostbusters fame)

  7. romoscollarbone - Nov 14, 2011 at 10:25 PM

    Paid six plus figures and can’t stay in shape? And I bust my hump 40 hrs a week and hit the gym by choice

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