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Joe Blanton is in The Best Shape of His Life

Mar 12, 2013, 9:23 AM EDT

Joe Blanton

When I was in Angels’ camp in Tempe a week ago Friday, I didn’t see Joe Blanton. I guess now we know why:

When Joe Blanton takes the mound for the first time in Angel Stadium with his new team, fans who have been oblivious to his career since he left the Phils may be a little surprised. Blanton, who signed with the Halos as a free agent in December, is about 30 pounds lighter than his normal 260.

He says he didn’t try to lose weight. “It just happened.” Tapeworms: is there no end to the good they can do?

(via Baseball Musings)

  1. lyon810 - Mar 12, 2013 at 9:28 AM

    Blanton being in the BSHOL means he’s still overweight. What’s even more disheartening as an Angels fan is that he wasn’t trying to lose the weight. Have to admire his commitment…

    • paperlions - Mar 12, 2013 at 9:42 AM

      Well, maybe before he was trying to gain weight, and he just stopped trying to do that. *shrug*

  2. proudlycanadian - Mar 12, 2013 at 9:31 AM

    Will wonders never cease? Good for him.

  3. chacochicken - Mar 12, 2013 at 9:41 AM

    You know, for some reason he just isn’t as funny minus 30 lbs. On a slightly more serious note, mysterious and rapid weight loss is usually a sign of several potential health problems, parasites notwithstanding.

  4. jarathen - Mar 12, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    The only thing that drives me nuts about this is the aspect of professionals suddenly acting like it. Suddenly, he weighs less. Suddenly, Miggy Cabrera loses weight to play third base (not that he was suffering offensively before, but still). Shouldn’t players always be trying to be at their physical peak?

    • zzalapski - Mar 12, 2013 at 10:35 AM

      They should, just like how we’re supposed to be totally focused on our respective jobs. Yet, here we are, reading HBT. *shrugs*

      • jarathen - Mar 12, 2013 at 11:56 AM

        I have no idea what you’re talking about.

        *cough*

  5. yougotgirouxed - Mar 12, 2013 at 11:45 AM

    At least he was fat in 2011 to head the best nickname for the Phillies starting rotation of “Fat Joe and the Terror Squad”

    • areyesrn - Mar 12, 2013 at 3:47 PM

      does this mean he’s not Fat Joe anymore?

  6. iamjimmyjack - Mar 12, 2013 at 12:04 PM

    Great job joe..we are going to need u to step up more than any other team you’ve been on. 200 plus innings, 12-15 wins. 20 plus quality starts. You can do it, and we need u to do it.

    • rickhigginshtbro - Mar 12, 2013 at 12:47 PM

      good luck with that… might flirt with 200 innings and 15 QS, but that’s about all I would expect.

    • xmatt0926x - Mar 12, 2013 at 2:53 PM

      The thing is he’ll have a run of quality starts. He always does that. The problem is his bad starts are just really bad.

  7. dizoakiusmaximus - Mar 12, 2013 at 1:17 PM

    Damn you Joe Blanton. You’re going to step in $hit and get another World Series even though you really don’t deserve it.

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