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Dexter Fowler is in, you guessed it, the best shape of his life

Jan 19, 2012, 12:21 PM EDT

Dexter Fowler AP

Calcaterra is on vacation, but before leaving he gave me permission to cover the “best shape of my life” beat should the need arise and … well, shockingly another player has been working out this offseason!

Troy Renck of the Denver Post writes that Rockies center fielder Dexter Fowler has been working out with teammates Jason Giambi and Troy Tulowitzki, and is “noticeably stronger from a season ago.”

Here’s more:

The scene at Philippi Institute provides proof. Fowler, once a blade of grass, easily muscles his way through a day that includes sledgehammer smashes, heavy ropes and decline push-ups. His knees, which he admitted bothered him in September, are sturdy. He has added about 7 pounds and dropped 4 percent body fat thanks to a diet heavy on greens.

“I have put on weight before and felt heavy. This is the best I’ve ever felt,” said the 6-foot-4 Fowler, who said he would like to play at 195 pounds. “Working out with these guys has really pushed me.”

Despite a midseason demotion to the minors Fowler finished last season with slightly better overall numbers than his rookie and sophomore years, hitting .266 with a .796 OPS compared to .263 with a .764 OPS coming into 2011. And much of his game is based on speed and athleticism, both offensively and defensively, so it’s worth wondering if the 25-year-old adding weight and muscle is automatically a great thing.

Either way, we’re thrilled to add another name to the “BSOML” list.

  1. phukyouk - Jan 19, 2012 at 12:28 PM

    a diet of all “greens” is how i got fat in the first place

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Jan 19, 2012 at 12:51 PM

      You must be talking about marijuana!

      • phukyouk - Jan 19, 2012 at 12:54 PM

        ummm… it was sorta implied…

    • whatthehellisansky - Jan 19, 2012 at 2:40 PM

      im upset that i can only give that a “thumbs up” once, phukyouk. Hilarious.

    • whatthehellisansky - Jan 19, 2012 at 2:43 PM

      Im upset i can only gives this a thumbs up once. great work phukyouk. hilarious.

  2. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Jan 19, 2012 at 12:31 PM

    Damn right he’s in the best shape of his life. See that photo? Dude can make baseball bats levitate with his right hand.

  3. stex52 - Jan 19, 2012 at 12:32 PM

    The extra muscle may not make much difference, but I would have to think coming into ST with extra conditioning is a plus.

  4. yankeesfanlen - Jan 19, 2012 at 12:42 PM

    Working out with the Giambino? That’s cool, except for the wind sprints to Taco Bell.

    • cur68 - Jan 19, 2012 at 1:34 PM

      Taco Bell is the best diet food. After one of their burritos you don’t wanna eat again for like, ever.

      • foreverchipper10 - Jan 19, 2012 at 3:04 PM

        I think its more the other way around. After eating them they clean out your whole system.

  5. illcomm - Jan 19, 2012 at 12:42 PM

    Gleeman. There is no need to take any lines from CC. His articles are on the level of a sixth grader, so please respect yourself and don’t lower your standards.

  6. cordellgc - Jan 19, 2012 at 12:45 PM

    working out with Jason g.????? what bonds was busy…

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Jan 19, 2012 at 12:59 PM

      It’s really hard to be successful at snarkiness with such grammatical errors. Just saying.

  7. trevorb06 - Jan 19, 2012 at 12:46 PM

    So no BSOHL from Tulo or Giambi?

  8. yankeesgameday - Jan 19, 2012 at 2:34 PM

    Who?

    More articles about players no one outside Denver knows about please.

    • tomfroemming - Jan 19, 2012 at 3:22 PM

      Leave this garbage at the Yankee boards.

  9. papacrick - Jan 19, 2012 at 2:58 PM

    What’s wrong with Taco Bell? The best pitcher on the planet eats it before every start. If it’s good enough for JV it’s good enough for me (;

  10. adcoop22 - Jan 19, 2012 at 6:44 PM

    ” He has added about 7 pounds and dropped 4 percent body fat” and his head has grown two hat sizes.

  11. motherscratcher23 - Jan 19, 2012 at 9:28 PM

    BSOML List 2012

    1. Aubrey Huff
    2. Dexter Fowler
    3.
    4.
    5.
    6.

    Who am I missing so far?

    • cur68 - Jan 20, 2012 at 1:34 AM

      Possibly Vincente Padilla (who was reported as being “erect shining and proud” this off season in the DR: that’s gotta be BSO anyone’s life), Dimitri Young (Meat Hook gave up pie and lost 70lbs!), Manny Ramirez (new this season with a 50 game suspension, Positive Role Model Kung Fu Grip™ and Swimming Motion™), and everyone’s favorite madman, Carlos Zambrano (running up mountains to the theme from Rocky). I think that’s it so far, but stay tuned and keep that list up to date.

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