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Javier Vazquez is in The Best Shape of his Life

Jan 16, 2013, 6:18 AM EDT

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This is five days old. I know, I feel like I fell down on the job too. Still, as long as it didn’t go completely overlooked, I suppose we’re OK.

Alex Cora, manager of Javier Vazquez‘s winter league team, commenting on his pitcher:

“He’s been great,” Cora said. “Right now, he’s the Javy Vazquez who pitched well in the second half of the 2011 season. … Physically, he’s in the best shape of his life. It’s funny, he was here in the summer and he was playing tennis and I helped him play. He started doing CrossFit … His command is still there but his stuff is better now.”

Would that we all felt this way at 36 years-old.

  1. skerney - Jan 16, 2013 at 7:03 AM

    Craig’s BSOHL stories = Adam Scott’s “Are we having fun yet?!”
    Except I suspect Craig still thinks his are amusing.

    • paperlions - Jan 16, 2013 at 8:25 AM

      Actually, the point isn’t to be amusing, per se, just to make fun of the frequency with which such things are said and to disabuse people of the notion that it results in rebound years for older players.

  2. royhobbs39 - Jan 16, 2013 at 9:36 AM

    For some reason I am having a difficult time picturing to major leaguers hanging out playing tennis in the offseason. Golf, basketball. some two-hand touch, possibly swimming. Seems like that would be normal. But tennis? Is it just me? Just as surprising as Bonds and his cycling…

  3. kopy - Jan 16, 2013 at 9:44 AM

    2013 BSOHL Baseball Club

    Javier Vazquez, P – FA
    Hanley Ramirez, SS/3B – LAD
    Neil Walker, 2B/3B – PIT
    Ryan Howard, 1B/DH – PHI
    Carlos Quentin, OF – SD

    • number42is1 - Jan 16, 2013 at 9:45 AM

      IT HAS BEGUN!!!!!!!!!!!

      • paperlions - Jan 16, 2013 at 10:04 AM

        It’s like the first robin of spring (for you kids out there, that used to be a thing, now….not so much, as robins over-winter farther north now than they used to), only better.

    • cur68 - Jan 16, 2013 at 11:23 AM

      A BIIIIG Marv Albert “YES!”

      BSOHL 2013 is officially underway.

  4. djjackson81 - Jan 16, 2013 at 2:18 PM

    And the phone ring with the Dodgers calling

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