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Freddie Freeman is in, you guessed it, the best shape of his life

Feb 6, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

Calcaterra stepped out of the virtual office for a moment, so it’s my duty to inform you of yet another player in the Best Shape of His Life.

David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution has the big news on Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman:

Freeman, who finished runner-up to teammate Craig Kimbrel in the Rookie of the Year balloting, is listed at 6-foot-5 and 225 pounds. Add him to the list!

  1. tcgators1 - Feb 6, 2012 at 1:10 PM


  2. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Feb 6, 2012 at 1:31 PM

    Could a team put a BSOHL clause in a contract? I’m sure it is impossible due to a union issue, but it seems like professional athletes should be held accountable for their conditioning by their employers. Either bonus for BSOHL by some tangible measure (BMI? Weight? Speed? some combination?) or some fat-camp requirement for failing to be in the BSOHL 1 month prior to Spring training.

    • CJ - Feb 6, 2012 at 1:40 PM

      I think the BSOHL requirement you propose is too complicated. If you make kopy’s official BSOHL list then you get the bonus, if not, time for some more P90X.

      In other news, it seems we’re on pace for every 1B in the majors (minus of course Prince Fielder and the one Achilles-ed Ryan Howard) to be in the BSOHL. Howard will probably earn the title around mid to late May, and Fielder–well–let’s just say it’s a good thing he doesn’t have one of those clauses in his contract.

      • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Feb 6, 2012 at 1:42 PM

        The bar is not all that high for Fielder. BSOHL could still be morbidly obese.

      • CJ - Feb 6, 2012 at 3:11 PM

        doesn’t matter how high/low the bar is, he still isn’t jumping over it anytime soon.

  3. okobojicat - Feb 6, 2012 at 2:01 PM

    kopy? Anywhere?

    CF Guitierrez
    RF Heyward
    ’3B’ Cabrera
    1B Teixera
    DH Alonzo
    LF Cespedes
    ‘SS’ Tejada
    ’2B’ McGehee
    C Olivio

    3B, SS, 2B, Hall
    1B, ’3B’ ‘RF–hhahahaha’ Huff
    OF Fowler
    1B Smoak
    1B, ’3B’ Dmitri (Viking) Young
    1B Freeman

    S1: Garcia
    S2: Cecil
    S3: Hughes
    S4: Zambrano
    S5 Tillman

    I don’t think Freeman’s superior defense over Teixera gets him the starting nod. Maybe after this year. And yes, Yankee Fans, I acknowledge that Teixera is widely considered very good at 1B, but Freeman is also very good, and much younger.

    Also, notice we have 6 first baseman on this list? Does anyone else think this is weird?

    I understand 1B are occaisionally out of shape, but they all shouldn’t be in that bad of shape.

    • kopy - Feb 6, 2012 at 2:11 PM

      Here we are:

      Anybody have strong thoughts on the Lincecum/Wilson duo?

      I’ve added Wilson, but I didn’t think Lincecum counted because he only lost the weight that he gained just for 2011 and didn’t have in 2010. But I don’t feel strongly about either case, and this list isn’t exactly my sole intellectual property. Opinions encouraged, and weighted by thumb ratio.

      Official 2012 BSOHL Roster

      Freddie Freeman – ATL
      Brian Wilson – SFO
      Jason Heyward – ATL
      Casey McGehee – PIT
      Chris Tillman – BAL
      Franklin Gutierrez – SEA
      Miguel Olivo – SEA
      Miguel Cabrera – DET
      Justin Smoak – SEA
      Dexter Fowler – COL
      Jaime Garcia – STL
      Miguel Tejada – FA
      Aubrey Huff – SFO
      Vicente Padilla – BOS
      Carlos Zambrano – MIA
      Yonder Alonso – SD
      Carlos Gutierrez – MIN
      Mark Teixeira – NYY
      Dmitri Young – FA
      Yoenis Cespedes – FA

      Awaiting Confirmation:
      Phil Hughes – NYY
      Brett Cecil – TOR
      Bill Hall – FA

      • kopy - Feb 6, 2012 at 2:16 PM

        Oh, and I think Brett Cecil will be confirmed next time around. He really did lose 30+ pounds, after all. Hughes still needs to be confirmed, and although Hall has lost weight, he probably needs to sign with a team that will confirm his shape before we can say he’s BSOHL.

  4. takingbovadasmoney - Feb 6, 2012 at 3:03 PM

    Wait, under the NHL section NBC had a post that said making the same dumb comments over and over will get you banned. So when will the baseball writers be banned for the best shape of my…. stories?

    • kopy - Feb 6, 2012 at 3:50 PM

      When baseball stories are posted in the NHL comment section.

  5. btwicey - Feb 6, 2012 at 4:05 PM

    15 pound is a lot?

    • cur68 - Feb 6, 2012 at 7:39 PM

      According to Arnold’s Bodybuilding for Men (1984) the average person can mange about 7 to 10 pounds/year. Schwarzenegger (1984) contends that with supplements, intensive training, and a dedicated diet a person could exceed this, but there is considerable risk of injury. So, yeah, I think if you believe that wimp Schwarzenegger, 15 pounds is a lot.

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