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Nick Swisher is in The Best Shape of His Life

Mar 14, 2012, 9:13 AM EST

Nick Swisher

This has to be the last one of these, right? Games are being played. Pitchers are going more than two innings. Clearly we’re past the point where feature articles are being written about ballplayers rededicating themselves and all of that, right?

Oh well, for now at least, here’s the last one: Nick Swisher:

Yet few think of Swisher in that company, and he knows he’s running out of time to change outside perceptions. After a generally down year in 2011, he rededicated himself to his offseason workouts. He showed up ripped, and said he’s quicker, stronger, and faster than ever before—something manager Joe Girardi couldn’t help but notice.

“He’s all three of those—quicker, stronger, and faster. I think he gets around the bases better, I watch him in the outfield, I watched him play first base the other day—he’s swung the bat well,” Girardi said.

That “outside perceptions” stuff is about how, despite being a pretty darn productive player overall, people tend to think of him as more of a goofball than as a solid, dedicated ballplayer.

Gee, if only people stopped making such unwarranted assumptions.

  1. phukyouk - Mar 14, 2012 at 9:23 AM

    On that note HAPPY PI DAY!

  2. El Bravo - Mar 14, 2012 at 10:09 AM

    Nick Swisher is a raging douchenozzle. If you don’t believe me, seek out the song he made. Also, see definition of douchenozzle, his picture is next to it.

    • phukyouk - Mar 14, 2012 at 10:26 AM

      damn.. you may be the first person to ever think that

      • El Bravo - Mar 14, 2012 at 10:58 AM

        No way! Nick Swisher is my least favorite MLB player. I disliked him back on the White Sox and nothing has changed. I don’t know, but a lot of Sox fans here don’t care for him so it’s normal to dislike the guy in Chicago I guess….

      • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Mar 14, 2012 at 1:11 PM

        Tell me again what he did in Chicago? I live here too and had no idea then either, other than him and Ozzie not getting along.

  3. kopy - Mar 14, 2012 at 10:29 AM

    I disliked Nick Swisher when he was with the A’s and White Sox, before it was cool to dislike him.

    Official 2012 BSOHL Roster

    Nick Swisher – NYY
    Jose Valverde – DET
    Darwin Barney – CHC
    Brandon Inge – DET
    Matt Diaz – ATL
    Shin-Soo Choo – CLE
    Bryan LaHair – CHC
    Mat Gamel – MIL
    Joe Saunders – ARI
    Danny Valencia – MIN
    Chris Davis – BAL
    Brandon McCarthy – OAK
    Anthony Swarzak – MIN
    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
    Mark Teixeira – NYY
    Dmitri Young – FA
    Yoenis Cespedes – OAK

  4. lyon810 - Mar 14, 2012 at 11:03 AM

    With Joanna Garcia as his wife, the least he could do is be in TBSOHL

  5. randygnyc - Mar 14, 2012 at 11:07 AM

    Swisher, you’re least liked MLB player? That says more about you, than him. With all the cheaters, quitters, gold-brickers and wife beaters, really, Nick Swisher?

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Mar 14, 2012 at 3:21 PM

      Amen.

  6. Gobias Industries - Mar 14, 2012 at 12:47 PM

    “This has to be the last one of these, right?” Pretty please?

  7. natstowngreg - Mar 14, 2012 at 6:04 PM

    Perhaps there should be some sort of BSOHL time limit. Say, a week after the deadline for players to report to Spring Training. Not trying to be too restrictive here.

  8. Kevin S. - Mar 14, 2012 at 8:58 PM

    I don’t get all the Swisher hate. Other than anti-stat luddites who couldn’t stand to see somebody from the Moneyball draft make it, I don’t understand at all. I’ve liked Swisher ever since his Oakland days. He’s personable, energetic, and a pretty good play. What’s to dislike?

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