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Russell Martin is in The Best Shape of His Life. Again!

Feb 13, 2012, 12:02 PM EDT

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Last Sam Miller of the OC Register/Baseball Prospectus noticed something neat:  Russell Martin declares himself to be in The Best Shape of His Life just about every single year.  Really: Here he is in 2008, here he is in 2009, here he is in 2010 and here he is last year.

So, shocker, but Martin is out there crowing about how he’s in good shape once again.  From Yahoo!

Russell Martin is healthy going into spring training, a change from his first season as a Yankee, when he was finishing up rehab on an injured hip and knee. Before 2011 spring training, Martin had little chance to build power in his legs, so a full winter of workouts “will be a huge difference,” Martin told the New York Daily News. Martin believes, in fact, that he might be the fittest Yankee in camp this year. “If there’s any guys in more shape than me, I”d be surprised,” Martin said. “If there are, I’d be happy, because I’m coming ready this year.” Martin also said he’s already begun taking swings, something he didn’t do until a few days before spring training began last year.

So, last year’s claim that he was “in the best shape of his career” was a bald-faced lie?  Say it ain’t so, Russ!

And if it is so then — brace yourselves people — it’s possible that all of these players claiming to be in such great shape are full of baloney and are making such claims either because (a) they are taking kindly to reporters by throwing them a meaningless bone when they have nothing else to report; or (b) they are trying to mask eroding baseball skills with a sheen of positive P.R.

I know. Crazy.

  1. buffalomafia - Feb 13, 2012 at 12:14 PM

    Good player if he stays healthy?

  2. hep3 - Feb 13, 2012 at 12:19 PM

    Yeah, but he dated Alyssa Milano (along with so, so many other players), so he gets a pass.

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Feb 13, 2012 at 1:31 PM

      Russell’s dated many players?

      • surefooted1 - Feb 13, 2012 at 9:22 PM

        Well he does take balls from different guys every day…

    • lostsok - Feb 14, 2012 at 1:04 AM

      Alyssa’s f****d more plays than Scott Boras.

    • lostsok - Feb 14, 2012 at 1:04 AM

      Alyssa’s f****d more players than Scott Boras.

  3. deathmonkey41 - Feb 13, 2012 at 12:20 PM

    ” Martin believes, in fact, that he might be the fittest Yankee in camp this year”

    Impossible- Joba’s coming this year.

    • bigharold - Feb 13, 2012 at 7:31 PM

      Leave Joba Alone!

  4. kopy - Feb 13, 2012 at 12:26 PM

    Official 2012 BSOHL Roster

    Russell Martin – NYY
    Jason Grilli – PIT
    Jed Lowrie – HOU
    Logan Schafer – MIL
    Lance Lynn – STL
    Phil Hughes – NYY
    Bill Hall – NYY
    Yadier Molina – STL
    Evan Longoria – TB
    Brett Cecil – TOR
    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 – OAK

    • diehardcubbiefan4life - Feb 13, 2012 at 12:28 PM

      I should draft this exact fantasy team just for yuks and see how they do.

  5. stevesper88 - Feb 13, 2012 at 12:43 PM

    Its funny how he was “injured” before Spring Training, yet in the early part of the season he put up most of his numbers. Now if you told me he was injured at the end of the season I would of believed it.

  6. whatthehellisansky - Feb 13, 2012 at 1:01 PM

    i always thought it was “bold-faced lie”??

    • proudlycanadian - Feb 13, 2012 at 1:10 PM

      He is simply double dipping on his BSOHL status. It can happen if he is in better shape this season than he was in the previous BSOHL year.

      • 24missed - Feb 13, 2012 at 1:43 PM

        Double dipping made me laugh.

  7. 24missed - Feb 13, 2012 at 1:50 PM

    Looks like Martin is in for a shocker. He’s in competition for fittest Yank, given the BSOHL list.

  8. cur68 - Feb 13, 2012 at 2:24 PM

    When a Son of Beaver Land claims BSOHL what he really means is, he is in the best beaver wrestling shape of his life. It is possible to improve this status year by years as the big rats get hip to your moves and you have to change your game up a lot to beat them. As for baseball skillz and such, well Russell Nathan Jeanson Coltrane Martin, Jr knows no peers in the baseball skillz department (catchers). He’s always in good shape in that regard.

  9. cleverbob - Feb 13, 2012 at 2:26 PM

    Round is a shape.

  10. explodet - Feb 13, 2012 at 7:05 PM

    Given Martin’s career path, maybe he should try getting in worse shape instead.

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