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Dusty Baker on Juan Francisco: “He’s got to stop eating”

Mar 6, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT


Francisco Cordero has some company on the “Not In The Best Shape Of His Life” team, apparently.

Here’s what manager Dusty Baker told Mark Sheldon of about Juan Francisco‘s calf injury and overall status in Reds camp:

He’s got time but he’s behind. Part of that is if he had rehabbed properly in the winter time. Part of that is he came into camp as one of the few guys overweight. The guys that came in ready, I can’t shelve them because he didn’t. I’m trying him ready the best I can. We need him. … Then he’s got to stop eating.

Sheldon says Francisco is about 10-12 pounds overweight, so “he’s got stop eating” is relatively sound advice.

And it’s sort of a weird coincidence that two of the few guys not to be in supposedly great shape upon arriving at spring training have “Francisco” in their name. Liriano, Cervelli, Rodriguez, Frank, and Ben better count calories for the rest of the month just to be safe.

  1. Brian Murphy - Mar 6, 2012 at 4:20 PM

    And then there’s an entire team of San FRANCISCO Giants …

  2. buffalomafia - Mar 6, 2012 at 4:37 PM

    The Reds & Pirates would be good for baseball if there ownership would spend a little money on players so they can compete?

    • kscott91685 - Mar 6, 2012 at 7:30 PM

      So when Walt Jockety went and made huge trades to bring in pitching and signed the top closer FA it wasn’t so they could compete?

  3. The Baseball Idiot - Mar 6, 2012 at 5:45 PM

    Wow, Baker was really harsh. Kind of mean, even? Who does is think he is? Terry Collins?

    Any word as to whether or not Francisco showed up to camp early, or waited until the last possible day?

    Because, you know, the idea of an over-paid ballplayer trying to get in game shape before the games start is completey wrong.

  4. shanabartels - Mar 6, 2012 at 6:41 PM

    I never heard anything about Francisco Cervelli reporting to camp in bad shape, unless you’re talking about him recovering from a concussion. But he’s not fat, so don’t lump him in there with the fatties. Cite your source, please.

    • bigxrob - Mar 6, 2012 at 6:50 PM

      You may want to read that again. I think you misunderstood the last paragraph.

  5. shanabartels - Mar 6, 2012 at 6:53 PM

    Oh I see now. Two of them. Not all of them. I rest my case.

  6. metalhead65 - Mar 6, 2012 at 7:24 PM

    what difference does it make if he were in shape or not,dusty will play rolen everyday til he breaks down and have 40 year old miguel cairo take his spot. the only reason he will make the team is he is out of options but actually play? not a chance the kid has to pay his dues on the bench because he is not the veteran dusty prefers.

  7. kscott91685 - Mar 6, 2012 at 7:31 PM

    He’s a professional athlete, you would think he would come in ready to play and being in shape isn’t really that much to ask for.

  8. whodeytn - Mar 6, 2012 at 11:27 PM

    The Reds & Pirates would be good for baseball if there ownership would spend a little money on players so they can compete?

    Ignorant post right there!

    • Brian Murphy - Mar 7, 2012 at 1:32 AM

      It sounds like spam, so don’t worry about it.

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