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Roger Bernadina is in The Best– Oh My God, HE IS FREAKISHLY HUGE

Jan 16, 2013, 2:03 PM EDT

Last year Roger Bernadina showed off a super-pumped body that stretched the definition of baseball shape. He posted this to his Twitter feed a little while ago and, well, just look:


We’re reaching Superstar Tony Atlas territory here. Which is no insult. He was the best of that thin layer of guys who were better than jobbers but not good enough to carry a card.  Kinda describes Bernadina too.

(h/t to the Sports Bog)

  1. cur68 - Jan 16, 2013 at 2:12 PM

    If I looked like that guy I’d never put my shirt on.

    • historiophiliac - Jan 16, 2013 at 3:09 PM

      Ok, now that one will hit the creep factor with the ladies. Just saying.

      • cur68 - Jan 16, 2013 at 3:21 PM

        I have intrigued you, don’t try and hide it. Relax. This is common. I inspire feelings in others that they themselves do not understand. Its a gift.

      • historiophiliac - Jan 16, 2013 at 3:55 PM

        Hmmm, clearly, I am missing something here….??????

      • cur68 - Jan 16, 2013 at 4:05 PM

        Me without my shirt on? I’m sure that’s it.

    • slappymcknucklepunch - Jan 16, 2013 at 7:44 PM

      @historiaophiliac and @Cur68,just get a ROOOOOOMMMM,and be done with it already.I feel like the the bartender at last call.You do not have to go home but you can’t stay here.

      • historiophiliac - Jan 16, 2013 at 8:55 PM

        I tried to tell him walking around without a shirt all the time would creep out the ladies. He’s very sorry about that…also, for making you look at that tattoo of his grandbeavers. Soooo, anywhoooo, how exactly does one become a bartender of a baseball blog? Does the house have a a virtual drink specialty? I don’t drink rum, you know that, right? Oop, out of peanuts. Can you refill the bowl? Who’s the most famous baseball player you’ve ever served? What did he drink? They should make a drink called the Yogi Berra. Cur, shouldn’t they make a drink called the Yogi Berra? Oooh, you know who else they should name a drink after? Jack Morris. You could call it the HoF’er and I bet a lot of the guys around here would drink that koolaid. Betcha it’d be your most popular drink ever. You should make that the house virtual drink special!

      • cur68 - Jan 16, 2013 at 8:58 PM

        Ok, I wish I’d said this instead.

      • historiophiliac - Jan 16, 2013 at 9:18 PM

        Be quiet, cur. Can’t you see I’m talking to the bartender? Sorry about that interruption, honey. So, as you were saying: you’ve invented a drink called the Jack Morris? What’s in it? I bet it’s stiff & foamy. Not really my kind of thing, but the gents all go for that. Don’t you wish it was baseball season already? I’d so rather be watching a game. Wouldn’t you? Wait, do I smell that Jeff Loria? Hmmph! I thought this was a reputable establishment. I know the manager, Mr. Calcaterrio. I’m totally going to mention this to him, the next time we tweet. Yessir,, he is gonna hear about this!

    • cur68 - Jan 16, 2013 at 8:37 PM

      Slappy, Show where it says we can’t stay here? Are we going to get our clever repartee on you?

  2. smoochytherhino - Jan 16, 2013 at 2:13 PM

    Blood test him.

    • tripleg3 - Jan 16, 2013 at 6:18 PM

      blood testing isn’t right you can’t constantly be taking blood from players every other day, that will be bad for them

  3. qcubed3 - Jan 16, 2013 at 2:19 PM

    The only thing bigger than the size of those guys’ bicepts (may he rest in peace), are the size of their foreheads.

    • yahmule - Jan 16, 2013 at 5:27 PM

      The guy on the right auditioned for the role of The Leader in the next Hulk movie.

  4. paperlions - Jan 16, 2013 at 2:21 PM

    Obviously, with that body, he must hit a kagillion HRs and slug .600 every year….unless, oh, I don’t know, upper body strength isn’t particularly indicative of hitting for power, in which case all those muscles could result in only 1 HR per 50 PA and a career slug of .373.

    • cosanostra71 - Jan 16, 2013 at 2:27 PM

      shh, be quiet, you make too much sense.

    • zacksdad - Jan 16, 2013 at 3:03 PM

      Well if it did not help, then why work out at all. Yes there is eye hand speed, blah, blah, blah. But if you have the speed and more power, maybe the ball goes farther. If PEDs does not help, then why do they risk suspension to do it? Why did they risk getting in the HOF, why did they lie when it was not illegal to use.

      Maybe it does work. Just a thought.

      • frank433 - Jan 16, 2013 at 3:21 PM

        Oh, I don’t know. Maybe they do it because steroids can help healing and recovery time so that their body can be healthier to play baseball everyday? It might not be that it helps them hit homeruns. Go to the doctor with inflammation issues, I bet they give you steroids to get you healthy and have less pain.

      • cur68 - Jan 16, 2013 at 3:23 PM

        Ha! Frank beat me to it. Not only beat me to it but took it out of the park with one mighty sing. You on the ‘roids, Frank?

      • paperlions - Jan 16, 2013 at 3:27 PM

        Ah yes, because people only ever do things that work and most certainly do not do things that have no effect generation after generation.

        Probably the example with the most evidence that it has no benefit whatsoever is prayer. For thousands of years, millions of people, in most every religion pray for things that never happen….but they keep doing it. I mean, so many people couldn’t possibly be wasting time, could they?

        Steroids were made illegal in the US over the protest of the AMA.

        If you are looking at porn on the internet, and your phone rings and you answer it, in response to “what are you doing?”, do you say “Just looking at some porn.” After all, it isn’t illegal. There are many things people won’t admit to if they don’t have to.

    • yahmule - Jan 16, 2013 at 5:33 PM

      Yeah, because that year Brady Anderson reported to spring training looking like someone had shoved an air hose up his ass and then proceeded to increase his high for home runs from 21 to 50 totally never happened.

      But, go ahead and keep making too much sense.

      • dontfeedgigantor - Jan 17, 2013 at 11:57 AM

        Yeah, because obviously the only thing that affects the flight of a ball is the shape of a person’s body.

  5. ningenito78 - Jan 16, 2013 at 2:23 PM

    Now he just needs to learn how to hit a baseball…

  6. Joe - Jan 16, 2013 at 2:28 PM

    Not sure he’s really focusing on his weaknesses as a ballplayer here.

  7. thebadguyswon - Jan 16, 2013 at 3:33 PM

    He still sucks. Great shape, but he’s in MLB not Mr Olympia.

    • cur68 - Jan 16, 2013 at 3:52 PM

      A good point and perhaps a corollary point can be added: being that muscular might inhibit a free easy swing. Comparing a couple of the best hitters in Jose Bautista & Miguel Cabrera to Bernadia and you’d be forgiven in assuming on the eye test alone that its Roger who was the big deal slugger and not the other two (one;’s rather slight and the other a touch pudgy). But in fact, good hitters come in all shapes and sizes. About the only generalized statement that one can make about a good hitter is that being ripped-up-muscular does not equal HR hitting. You can even be arguably fat and still clobber them: See Fielder, Prince. Quality ball contact counts for more. A smallish park and nice lively baseball helps (in some cases really helps: see 1987), but no doubt about it, Mr. Olympia ≠ hitting.

      • historiophiliac - Jan 16, 2013 at 3:56 PM


      • cur68 - Jan 16, 2013 at 4:04 PM

        I said not one word about anyone’s moobs. Anyhow, Fielder does not have moobs either. He has pecs. They’ve just slipped a bit. And your boy Miggy? Well, he could do with a slimming, but so long as he can hit like he did last year, so what if he’s a bit on the + size side of things? I thought you fancied Miggy, anyways? What’s that quote? “Love does not alter, when it alteration finds”? You’ll hurt Miggy’s lil feelin’s you keep on calling his pecs “moobs”.

      • historiophiliac - Jan 16, 2013 at 4:40 PM

        First of all, Burgie started w/ the Tiger Moobs (where is she? i miss her.) But, I agree with her. It is the source of their powers. Although I love Miggy, it is not in that way. However, for the record, <10% body fat grosses me out.

      • aceshigh11 - Jan 16, 2013 at 5:18 PM

        Hasn’t the whole notion of being “musclebound” (limited mobility from being TOO big) been discredited?

      • cur68 - Jan 16, 2013 at 8:40 PM

        Burg’s abroad. Working on her formative drinking and doubtless being charming to the locals. Were she here I’m certain she’d have much to say on the subject of the moobisity of certain ballplayers.

    • sportsdrenched - Jan 16, 2013 at 4:37 PM

      Not sure I would be as harsh as “he sucks”. If you get to that level you don’t suck at baseball…there are just people that are better at baseball than you are.

      I suck at baseball. I also spend a lot of time trying to stay in shape. I WISH being “in shape” equalled athletic ability, particularly baseball…but it doesn’t. So, I’ll just be a req league softball player and enter the occaisional running/cycling/triathlon event.

  8. pinkfloydprism - Jan 16, 2013 at 4:33 PM

    So that is what Conan O’Brien looks like on steroids!

  9. deathmonkey41 - Jan 16, 2013 at 5:05 PM

    The guy he’s next to looks like a pumped up version of Lars Ulrich…I wonder if he’s just as annoying?

  10. cshearing - Jan 16, 2013 at 5:11 PM

    Strange, as I would guess that having that build would actually hurt your baseball career. Agility, flexibility and range of motion are as important, if not more so.

    • stex52 - Jan 16, 2013 at 5:32 PM

      I’m no expert, but I tend to agree. And eventually you will get an injury. Jeff Bagwell probably lost three productive years due to working out too hard (against trainers’ advice.)

  11. seahawks19081 - Jan 16, 2013 at 7:00 PM

    Is Obama going to try and ban those guns too?

    • louhudson23 - Jan 17, 2013 at 5:30 AM


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