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Billy Butler and Mike Moustakas are in The Best Shape of Their Lives

Feb 15, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT

Mike Moustakas Getty Images

A rare twofer on the BSOHL beat.  From the mouth of Ned Yost in Bob Dutton’s notes column from yesterday’s KC Star, talking about how a ton of guys are already in Royals camp despite it still being ten days from the mandatory reporting date:

“There are a ton of position players here, too. Billy Butler and Mike Moustakas — I’m extremely proud of both of those guys. They are in the best shape they’ve been in their career. Billy looks great, and I hardly recognized Moose, he looks so good.”

Of course Mike Moustakas is 23 years-old and has a grand total of five professional seasons under his belt, so I would hope he was pretty close to the best shape of his career as it was.  But really, good for him.

  1. illcomm - Feb 15, 2012 at 11:44 AM

    BSOYL is boring. Who cares.

  2. kopy - Feb 15, 2012 at 11:45 AM

    Official 2012 BSOHL Roster

    Billy Butler – KC
    Mike Moustakas – KC
    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

    • okobojicat - Feb 15, 2012 at 11:59 AM

      Kopy, I think you missed Jake Westbrook from last night.

      I think we might have enough for two lineups…let’s see how we do

      Team 1 Team 2
      CF: F. Guitierrez CF: Fowler
      RF: J Heyward 3B: Moustakas
      DH: Cabrera DH: Butler
      3B: Longoria 1B: Freeman
      1B: M Teixera ‘LF’: Smoak
      LF: Cespedes ‘RF’: Huff….hahahahaha
      SS: Lowrie C: Molina
      C: Martin SS: Tejada
      2B: Hall 2B: McGehee

      Ok, so we’ll have to hope and pray for the ground balls. As this outfield defense will be lacking in range…

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

      CL: Wilson
      BP: Grilli
      BP: Lynn
      BP: Padilla
      BP: C Guitierrez

      • okobojicat - Feb 15, 2012 at 12:01 PM

        grrrr, my formatting looked good before…

      • phukyouk - Feb 15, 2012 at 12:58 PM

        I’m pretty sure that Team 1 is going to kick the living shit out of team 2.

      • wlschneider09 - Feb 15, 2012 at 6:57 PM

        Dare I suggest that we start Butler over Tex against righties?

        *Runs for the door*

    • hudsonjc - Feb 16, 2012 at 4:33 PM

      Would this article about Geovany Soto be BSOTL material?

      “Now, I have a better balance [in my diet],” he said. “[Cubs outfielder] Marlon Byrd and I are going to be on the same program and keep the weight off. He looks unbelievable. I just want to stay in shape and get the club some wins.”

  3. ss - Feb 15, 2012 at 11:48 AM

    Should the plural be “Best Shapes of their Lives?” You know, like Attorneys General.

    I always root for the Attorneys General style of pluralism, myself.

    Sidenote – this is a baseball blog.

  4. davidpom50 - Feb 15, 2012 at 11:50 AM

    I have BSOHL question… ESPN recently posted a video showing Matt Kemp’s offseason workout regimen, and he talks about being in the best shape possible coming into the season. Does that count?

  5. deathmonkey41 - Feb 15, 2012 at 12:21 PM

    Boring- I’m not caring about this unless Detroit says that Prince Fielder is in the BSOHL.

  6. - Feb 15, 2012 at 12:44 PM

    Been laying off the Country Breakfast has Billy Butler? This may not be good.

  7. phukyouk - Feb 15, 2012 at 12:46 PM

    Can i please point out that they are in the best shapes of their CAREERS.

    • wlschneider09 - Feb 15, 2012 at 3:00 PM

      Their career is baseball…
      Baseball is life….

      • phukyouk - Feb 15, 2012 at 3:05 PM


  8. geoknows - Jan 27, 2014 at 6:33 PM

    I don’t know whose “Notes” column it was (I can’t get the link to work), but I’m sure it wasn’t Bob Dutton. He left the Kansas City Star last month.

    • geoknows - Jan 27, 2014 at 6:34 PM

      Oh, and Mike Moustakas is 25 years old, not 23.

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