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Darwin Barney is in The Best Shape of His Life

Mar 2, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

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Or the freakiest. Guy is like 5’10”. How this can work is somewhat perplexing:

Cubs second baseman Darwin Barney put on 20 pounds of muscle over the winter to try to avoid the second-half slump he experienced last year in his first full season. “I’m a little bit overwhelmed from watching him (while coaching in Milwaukee),” manager Dale Sveum said. “He’s a lot stronger and a lot quicker than I thought.

Because we all know how well that works.

Oh well. He has two home runs in 656 major league plate appearances. Let’s see if he can double that this year.

  1. marshmallowsnake - Mar 2, 2012 at 1:32 PM

    Does this fall under his natural selection/survival of the fittest theory?

  2. chap6869 - Mar 2, 2012 at 2:03 PM

    Was he hanging with Braun this past winter?

  3. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Mar 2, 2012 at 2:37 PM

    Any word on whether he’s going to hit like an MLB player?

  4. foodstamp69 - Mar 2, 2012 at 3:04 PM

    so now were all gonna have to read was that guy hangin wit braun this winter cuz they add 10-20lbs muscle but yet brauns being accused of peds but hasnt added much if any weight/muscle since being called up 6 or so years ago

    . give it up people if the giy was using roids wouldnt u think he’d of added all kinds of muscle n went up a few hat sizes over the years like proven roid users like bonds, clemens, sosa, mcguire, palmero,

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Mar 2, 2012 at 3:20 PM


    • vivabear - Mar 2, 2012 at 3:21 PM

      foodstamp – depending on the substance, doseage, etc…someone could easily use PEDs on a regular basis and not add noticeable size. If someone’s trying to be inconspicuous about thier usage, this is exactly what they’d do. Yeah it’s a cheapshot at Braun to say Barney was hanging out with him this winter, just b/c Barney added some muscle. Braun’s inviting cheap shots with his defiant behavior – there are people, like myself, who believe he used PEDs – at the same time I can live with him not being punished b/c it seems as though proper procedure was not followed. That’s debateable too, obviously.

      BTW – ESPNChicago has a story about how some Cubs players have mentioned the collector has always been a professional when taking samples from them. Barney was not one of the players in the piece.

      • chap6869 - Mar 2, 2012 at 3:34 PM

        I was only messin when I posted that earlier but Brauns such a touchy subject here, any little thing sparks a debate.

      • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Mar 2, 2012 at 3:59 PM

        It is a very touchy subject.

  5. foodstamp69 - Mar 2, 2012 at 4:01 PM

    it just urks me man cuz from here to sports radio most of the time its bout peds n braun im just so sick of hearing bout it. n u make a good point bout usage of the stuff wat u said made me think back to andy pettite n he admitted to it while using to help the healing process from a back injury a few years back.

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