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A’s catcher Kurt Suzuki is eating 4,000 calories per day in the most boring way possible

Dec 1, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

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In an effort to put on 15 pounds this offseason A’s catcher Kurt Suzuki is eating 4,000 calories per day, telling Jane Lee of that his “gluttonous” diet plan includes non-stop eating and working out.

Of course, those 4,000 calories are coming in the form of turkey burgers, fruit, energy bars, protein shakes, salads, steak, vegetables, and various other things that fall on the healthy side.

In fact, Lee writes that even Suzuki’s “evening snack before bed” consists of “cheese or slices of deli meat and a handful of nuts and fruit.” Booooring.

Suzuki’s ultimate goal is to get physically stronger and also better prepare himself for the grind of catching every day without shedding weight during the season. He reported to spring training at 193 pounds, but was 185 pounds by the end of the season.

If nothing else, his adding 15 pounds would help offset all the “best shape of my life” guys slimming down.

  1. proudlycanadian - Dec 1, 2011 at 10:50 AM

    He wants to be in the roundest shape of his life.

  2. drmonkeyarmy - Dec 1, 2011 at 10:52 AM

    One can still put on weight and still be in the “best shape of your life” assuming the extra poundage is muscle and not fat.

    • Brandon Warne - Dec 1, 2011 at 10:56 AM

      That’s exactly what it is, too.

      Putting on weight isn’t unhealthy. Many weightlifters would do this exact thing in a bulk phase.

  3. trevorb06 - Dec 1, 2011 at 11:01 AM

    I eat 4000+ calories a day and still stuggle to keep weight on.

    • cur68 - Dec 1, 2011 at 12:07 PM

      Me too. I sympathize with Suzuki (and you, too Trev). Fact is, for people like us gaining weight is as hard as losing it is for guys like Sabbathia & Sandoval. The flip side is that people like us outlive people like them by a goodly span, on average. Willie Mays was the same way. He’s 80 by the way.

    • Brandon Warne - Dec 1, 2011 at 12:33 PM

      Who would “thumbs-down” Trevor for saying that? Huh?

      • cur68 - Dec 1, 2011 at 12:44 PM

        Fat people.

      • drmonkeyarmy - Dec 1, 2011 at 1:01 PM

        And Canadians. They don’t like skinny people….with all the whale blubber they eat. Except Cur, he likes the less fattening seal blubber.

      • cur68 - Dec 1, 2011 at 1:33 PM

        It’s the bat swinging exercise you get subduing the seal, y’see. Keeps the pounds off.

  4. APBA Guy - Dec 1, 2011 at 12:00 PM

    My concern is that Suzuki’s exceptionalism at catcher depends on his mobility behind the plate. He’s extremely active (you have to be with the movement-most of it barely controlled-in Gio and Cahill’s deliveries). He has definitely lost some bounce since he was a rookie, and an additional 15 pounds won’t help that.

    He’d be better served maintaining an optimal weight through the season with perhaps some loss during the summer. Big weight swings carry with them some accompanying side effects, like dizziness, or sluggishness, depending on the individual. All that can be countered with a high calorie maintenance diet, and a repeatable low-impact fitness routine.

    Anyway, he’s still a younger catcher, at 28, but his biggest worry is that his OPS has declined since 2009 to hold below .700.

    • cur68 - Dec 1, 2011 at 12:11 PM

      Generally “Big weight swings carry with them some accompanying side effects, like dizziness, or sluggishness” applies to quick weight loss. Gaining weight and then slowly losing it over the season would actually see Suzuki speeding up as the season progresses. I see this as a good move on his part, but I appreciate that you’ve seen more of him than I. Perhaps you’re right, but I think he’ll likely put up an excellent season.

      • APBA Guy - Dec 1, 2011 at 1:02 PM

        Cur- I hope you’re right, and thanks for the insight on quick weight loss vs. gradual controlled loss. But as I said, my fear is that the extra weight on top of his fatigue and wear induced slowing will produce unintended negative results. We’ll see, and of course this is what we all love about baseball, predicting is so darn difficult, but that only makes us more compelled to predict again and again.

  5. Jonny 5 - Dec 1, 2011 at 12:25 PM

    Just to play Devils advocate a bit. Something I “NEVER” do… ;>P

    “The report, the first time the exact numbers of off-season tests had been released, said that slightly more than 10 percent of baseball players had been tested for drugs in the 2010 off-season.

    For some experts on the testing of athletes, the report’s numbers undercut Selig’s claims about the rigor and effectiveness of baseball’s drug policy. Off-season drug testing is one of the most critical components of a meaningful program, experts generally agree, because it is aimed at monitoring athletes during the time they are most likely to use steroids and other drugs as they recover and build muscle for the coming season.

    And so to have tested such a modest percentage of athletes during that time frame is, they say, less than impressive.”

    Smoke screen Kurt? Maybe. Maybe not. But it would be safe to assume that there is a good chance you’d be part of the 90% as opposed to the 10% right?

  6. Old Gator - Dec 1, 2011 at 12:39 PM

    I could suggest an even more boring diet, but Suzuki would have to negotiate his munching rights with Glenn Rice.

  7. Charles Gates - Dec 1, 2011 at 12:39 PM

    Eat protein. Drink carbs.

  8. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Dec 1, 2011 at 12:45 PM

    You might want to invest in LivingSocial, Kurt. I got a $13 deal for 5 Big Macs and 5 fries this morning.

    • Brandon Warne - Dec 1, 2011 at 1:08 PM

      Five fries? What’s that, like two bites? You got had.

      • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Dec 1, 2011 at 3:16 PM

        Well they come with 5 Big Macs but I didn’t buy it, haha. I was merely helping Kurt 😉

  9. southpaw2k - Dec 1, 2011 at 1:10 PM

    Why doesn’t he do what Morgan Spurlock did and go to McDonald’s three times a day for all his meals? That’s easily 4000 calories a day.

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Dec 1, 2011 at 3:17 PM

      Not to mention 28 pounds, constant exhaustion, an upset stomach and several health issues arising! That documentary was incredible.

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