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Mariners prospect Nick Franklin is on a 6,500 calorie a day diet

Feb 18, 2013, 8:23 AM EDT

Nick Franklin AP

Most guys get into the BSOHL club by cutting weight. Mariners shortstop prospect Nick Franklin, however, weighed 165 pounds last year. Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times reports that because he felt like his small size killed his power, Franklin wants to be 200 pounds by the end of spring training. How’s he doing it? The three C’s: Carrabba’s, Chipotle, and Chick-fil-A:

Franklin starts each morning off with a 1,500-calorie breakfast consisting of six scrambled eggs — yolks included — and a high-caloric protein shake.

By 10:30 a.m., he’ll have another 500-calorie shake and then throw in a 1,500-calorie lunch by noon. At 2 p.m., there’s another 500-calorie shake, a 250-calorie shake at 3 p.m. and then a 500-calorie shake to “hold me over” until a 1,500-calorie dinner.

Say what you want about anabolic steroids, but at least they don’t clog your arteries, dude.

And say what you want about wanting more power, but I’d be pretty cool with a 21 year-old shortstop who has posted a line of .283/.351/.458 in four minor league seasons and would assume that the gap power Franklin tells Baker he’s dissatisfied with would improve with aging. But I suppose as long as Mariners trainers are cool with him pounding down the calories like that it’s cool.

  1. papacrick - Feb 18, 2013 at 8:35 AM

    HGH is way easier dude and they don’t even test for it. Do you wanna toil around in the minors living from paycheck to paycheck or would you rather be a wealthy superstar set for life from a single contract?- Mariners trainer

  2. unclemosesgreen - Feb 18, 2013 at 8:51 AM

    All Nick had to do was go visiting Dr. Nick.

    • unclemosesgreen - Feb 18, 2013 at 8:55 AM

      Derp. Everybody let’s go visiting.

      Edit function, sarcasm font. Make it happen, o’ mighty Posedion, King of the Sea.

    • rmfields - Feb 18, 2013 at 9:58 AM

      The best part was when Homer goes out to eat and rubs his greasy food on the wall to make it clear. Then out of nowhere a bird smacks into it.

  3. Ryan - Feb 18, 2013 at 8:53 AM

    Nihilists!

  4. goirishgo - Feb 18, 2013 at 9:36 AM

    I was on a 7,000 calorie per day diet for my last three years in college and was still unable to hold my target weight through a basketball season. Some young guys just have a high metabolism that, when combined with vigorous physical activity over a long period of time, drains strength. Eat son, eat!

  5. historiophiliac - Feb 18, 2013 at 9:36 AM

    Isn’t that the Michael Phelps Diet?

  6. rmfields - Feb 18, 2013 at 9:59 AM

    I’m on a 6,500 calorie a day “diet” but I’m not a professional athlete. Just a fat slob.

  7. ptfu - Feb 18, 2013 at 10:34 AM

    This is what drives me nuts about the minor leagues. Why the heck does this kid’s mom have to send him restaurant gift cards so he can (try to) perform better for his team? Where the heck is a trainer from the Mariners organization to supervise this? The article had exactly zero mentions of Mariners support staff, and the manager doesn’t count. Why is this kid training with his own performance coach instead? The article paints him as a knowledgeable trainer, and I’m sure he is, but if I’m the Mariners I want to be in control of the training plan, or at least sign off on it, and not ignore it or delegate it to some outside person.

    Seriously, teams need to wake up and start treating their minor leaguers right. These kids are your future. How about investing in their developmental needs? You get what you pay for and you are what you eat. Minor league per diems are notoriously small. How much better off would you be if you had your kids eating right? Guide these kids. Provide a cheap postgame spread of reasonably healthy food–lean cold cuts, veggies, and whole grain bread would be a start. I cannot believe that a team trainer/nutritionist would be that expensive, and in any case the benefits to the club would far outweigh any costs. Plus maybe you can extend players’ careers, shorten injury recovery or prevent injuries altogether, and more.

    And yes, I am aware that top prospects get large signing bonuses and need no help affording as much Carrabba’s, Chipotle, and Chick-fil-A as they want. They can afford their own trainers too. Well, they’re the exception. Most signees get next to nothing and live on next to nothing. Treat the kids right and they’ll more than repay you with increased production.

    • Reflex - Feb 18, 2013 at 1:29 PM

      Read up on the changes JackZ has made to the minors in the M’s system. They actually are doing dietary management and conditioning work with thier prospects and they are one of the few teams taking that seriously. Its one of the things I like about Jack’s approach. That does not preclude players from doing their own thing or having additional coaching from their own trainers of course.

  8. vallewho - Feb 18, 2013 at 11:36 AM

    The inconveniences of having spring training in AZ. If he was in FL, there are clinics that could readily help him out with his weight issue.

    • historiophiliac - Feb 18, 2013 at 1:12 PM

      very nice

  9. vivabear - Feb 18, 2013 at 8:36 PM

    Actually lots of anabolics can raise cholesterol levels…so do some research Craig.

  10. tvguy22 - Feb 19, 2013 at 4:33 PM

    Snark has no calories.

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