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Yonder Alonso is in–you guessed it–the best shape of his life

Dec 1, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT


Add another name to the ever-growing “best shape of my life” list.

John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer caught up with Yonder Alonso today and reports that the Reds prospect has lost about 18 pounds already this offseason.

Alonso hired a personal chef and switched up his workout routine in order to prepare for potential outfield action, which the 24-year-old called “part of being a professional.”

Fay described Alonso as “noticeably trimmer and more cut.”

Whether or not that actually enables him to become a passable defensive outfielder remains to be seen after he looked pretty awful anywhere but first base for the Reds. And in the meantime Alonso’s name will continue to pop up in just about every Reds-related rumor because he’s stuck behind Joey Votto at first base.

  1. Charles Gates - Dec 1, 2011 at 12:22 PM

    Aaron, Craig, can you set up a BSOML pool? Maybe set odds on who will be associated with a BSOML quote?

    • - Dec 1, 2011 at 2:34 PM

      Or have a pool with the BSOHL Total Pounds Lost/Gained.

      Like that First Baseman for that team in NY said he wants to gain 10 lbs of muscle, add that to the 18 lost here. and you get 8 lbs.

  2. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Dec 1, 2011 at 12:32 PM

    Fay also described Alsonso as “Delightful, delicious and to die for.”

  3. metalhead65 - Dec 1, 2011 at 1:01 PM

    I don’t really think it is fair to say he is awful defensivly just yet. dusty starts him in wrigley field and he misplays a ball hit in the corner like alott of people have and he is going to be branded a liability for for life? plus instead of letting him play and learn the position he sits him in favor of the immortal fred lewis and gives him what a dozen starts? yeah just like they gave Cris Heisey a fair chance in left to. maybe if you people who don’t like me picking on Dusty actually followed the reds like I do you would understand the frustration we fans have with his moves. seriously what other manager would stick with a guy batting.200 as your starting left fielder thru June? then instead of giving a prospect like Heisey a shot at the job you platoon him with Fred Lewis. and by platooniong I mean 2 games Heisey 5 for Lewis. hit 3 homers in a game Heisey? nice now sit for a week and do it again your next start or sit for another. then when he goes down play lewis everyday instead of Alonzo. people keep saying they need a left fielder a shortstop and a third baseman but the answers are already on the team they just need to play them. cozart is the future at short and fransisco is answer at third. start him over rolen and either go with Heisey or Alonzo in left and be done with it. but they will wait untill spring cuts and sign somebody else’s rejects and Dusty will play then ahead of the prospects. rolen is always injured so he should be the backup at third.

    • purnellmeagrejr - Dec 1, 2011 at 1:19 PM

      metalhead – you are a true fan – sounds like you have the weight of the world (or at least Cincinnati) on your shoulders. I hope you make it to Spring Training.
      By the way – that’s a great picture of Alonso – how could anybody that looks like that not be a nice guy? It’s like looking a RIngo Starr.

    • cintiphil - Dec 1, 2011 at 1:20 PM

      No No No. He is bad in the outfield, and it just remains to be seen if he is able to be coached to be a little better. He is certainly worse than Big Klu, and he was poor. Look how bad the poor defense hurt the cards last season. If they didn’t pick up Furcal, they would have never advanced. You can not play at this level with Yonder’s defense. But if Yonder can hit .300 + and learn a little more about the OF, then he could be valuable. It remains to be seen what progress he has made.

      • metalhead65 - Dec 1, 2011 at 3:14 PM

        and how are you going to know if he can do either of those things if he does not get a fair oppertunity to play? you seem to ignore he was a pretty good third baseman who moved to first when he went to miami. he is athletic enough to make the switch if given the chance which he will not get if they sign somebody else’s rejects again. Dusty will always go with the proven veteran no matter how washed up they are.

    • cintiphil - Dec 2, 2011 at 11:31 AM

      And, what do you think Winterball is for? Why not play in a league intended to sharpen your talents while you are losing the weight they boast about? Why would you throw him into the starting line up in April and then [ray that his fielding doesn’t kill you??? What is the appropriate thing to do? Have him tune up his skills in the OF in Arizona or South America so you can see if he can play in the there next season. You don’t hide the fact that he is not a MLB fielder and just throw him into game situations. First you learn how to play at this level. If he can’t, the team has a decision to make.

  4. ruehlmann - Dec 1, 2011 at 1:26 PM

    Not really sure why this one is worthy of the ironic eyebrow raising. The reason the BSOML thing is so funny & ridiculous is the fact that players throw out that exact, tired phrase so often & journos repeat it without question, even if there’s no evidence the player did anything all offseason except eat a bathtub full of ham. Here, Fay’s just reporting a fact: Alonso actually dropped 18 pounds.

  5. hushbrother - Dec 1, 2011 at 1:51 PM

    Wasn’t that a line by Tony Curtis? “Yonder lies the castle of my Votto.”

  6. 2r2d - Dec 1, 2011 at 1:55 PM

    I hope it does not take anything off of his hitting

  7. firemarshal1 - Dec 2, 2011 at 8:47 AM

    Hey Metalhead65, I agree with you 100 percent. Toothpick manager needs to play our young talent. Alonso needs to be given a real chance to play. His natural position is actually 3B. But for some reason, management is not interested for him to play at third. Maybe it’s because of the money tied up with Scott Rolen? Who really knows? The Toothpick manager will sit all our young talent on the bench for some journeymen. Or bunt with a two strikes on a batter, with a baserunner on third base with less than two outs. Who knows once again…….

    • cintiphil - Dec 2, 2011 at 7:34 PM

      So we have a turkey for a manager in Cinti. The team still has to play well. And great players will make a great manager. (who said that)? These guys have to stop relying on Brandon and Joey to do everything. A guy who can hit like Yonder will be a big help, if he learns to play well in the field. If not, he will lose as many games with the glove as he wins with his bat.

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