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Homer Bailey is in The Best Shape of His Life (again)

Feb 11, 2013, 2:49 PM EST

Homer Bailey AP

Add another name to the list, via John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer:

Homer Bailey came in last year with about 10 pounds of added muscle. It worked pretty well, so added another 10 pounds or so this year. Bailey weighed in at 230. Bailey only carried 205 pounds on his 6-foot-4 frame when he arrived in the majors.

Bailey finally put together a good, healthy season at age 26, throwing 208 innings with a 3.68 ERA after never throwing more than 135 innings or posting a sub-4.40 ERA previously.

  1. coryfor3 - Feb 11, 2013 at 2:56 PM

    Wow. Hard to believe we have already hit the time of the year when every new story is that a player is in the best shape of his life. Wake me when spring training ends.

  2. Ben - Feb 11, 2013 at 3:06 PM

    Is Homer Bailey one of the few (only?) documented cases of a BSOHL candidate actually improving that same year?

  3. kopy - Feb 11, 2013 at 3:11 PM

    2013 BSOHL Baseball Club

    Homer Bailey, P – CIN
    Mark Prior, P – FA
    Lance Lynn, P – STL
    Vinnie Pestano, P – CLE
    Jhonny Peralta, SS – DET
    Mitch Moreland, 1B/OF – TEX
    Albert Pujols, 1B – LAA
    John Lackey, P – BOS
    CC Sabathia, P – NYY
    Javier Vazquez, P – FA
    Hanley Ramirez, SS/3B – LAD
    Neil Walker, 2B/3B – PIT
    Ryan Howard, 1B/DH – PHI
    Carlos Quentin, OF – SD

    • bolweevils2 - Feb 12, 2013 at 9:48 AM

      If we assume no one will much notice or care that a utility infielder in in the BSOHL, and only focus on the everyday lineup, starting pitchers, and a reliever or two, there are about 15 BSOHL eligible players per team, or 450 total in the majors. If we also assume that players will be in the best shape of their life at some point in their major league career, and assume the average career is, let’s be generous and say 12 years, then one twelfth of those 450 guys, or 37 players, should be in the best shape of their life in any one year.

      Looking at it that way, the number of guys saying it isn’t really surprising. It should really be higher. True, some guys may be in the BSOTL when they are younger before they reach the majors. But on the other hand, a player could be in the BSOHL more than once in their career, if the second time they were in even better shape than the first time they were BSOHL.

      But I guess the knock on guys saying BSOHL isn’t because it’s not true, it’s because it’s a cliche thing to say.

  4. tfbuckfutter - Feb 11, 2013 at 4:52 PM

    Doesn’t matter.

    Darryl Strawberry is still better.

  5. raulduke11 - Feb 11, 2013 at 5:53 PM

    Needs to be a BSOHL award

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