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Neil Walker is in The Best Shape of His Life

Dec 7, 2012, 1:51 PM EDT

Neil Walker AP AP

Man, this is two days old! The things I miss at the Winter Meetings. From Tom Singer’s report at

According to the GM, [Neil] Walker “is getting close to getting into his [regular] offseason routine after a great rehab program … The rehab went really well, and he’s worked his tail off and looks forward to coming into Spring Training in the best shape of his life.”

Right on the nose, but I fear the era of BSOHL stories is drawing to a close. Singer, the writer, is quite aware of this being a meme. With the writers are aware, next will come the agents and players and eventually, I’d say within a year or two, even team owners and officials will either avoid the cliche or only offer it with a wink.

Sad, I suppose, but also the final evidence of the success of the BSOHL awareness campaign.


  1. angrycorgi - Dec 7, 2012 at 1:56 PM

    Ahhh…ye ol’ “Best Shape of His Life” post…it feels like its been forever since we’ve gotten one of these…

  2. Gamera the Brave - Dec 7, 2012 at 2:09 PM

    Who is compiling the BSOHL list this year?

    • cur68 - Dec 7, 2012 at 11:22 PM

      I think the first person who asks that question is. So…that would be you. Keep track of dates as well as names, please.

  3. kardshark1 - Dec 7, 2012 at 2:35 PM

    So if he’s in the best shape of his life this year, does that mean that every other year up to this point, Walker has been half assing it?

    Here’s to you not giving your best effort the first 7 years of your professional career. Good job.

    • nderdog - Dec 7, 2012 at 2:52 PM

      I think you’re confusing “best shape of his life” with “best effort of his life”. Think of it in terms of a runner who is able to shave a few seconds off of their time every year due to continued training and improvement. They’re always giving the same effort, but every year they can say they’re running the fastest times they’ve ever had.

    • magicrat13 - Dec 7, 2012 at 3:26 PM

      as walker is coming off a back injury and working on rehabbing it, i would huntington is referring to that when he talks about being in shape….walker is not someone who i would question effort from what i have since in his career, but ymmv…

    • napoleonblownapart6887 - Dec 7, 2012 at 4:09 PM

      Yeah! Screw Improvement!

  4. rob0527 - Dec 7, 2012 at 3:21 PM

    Great you just jinxed him.

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