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Buster Posey is going to be in the Best Shape of His Life next season

Dec 10, 2013, 8:11 AM EDT

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A true sign that the Winter Meetings are snoozeville: we’re already seeing January BSOHL stories. Case in point, Buster Posey, who is lifting weights and stuff:

When the Giants training staff checked in with Buster Posey recently, the former National League MVP had a goal in mind.

“He’s trying to get a little stronger in the lower half,” trainer Dave Groeschner said Monday, the first day of the annual Winter Meetings. Near the end of a disappointing second half of last season, Posey said he would do additional strength training this offseason so that he might “feel good all year.”

Because it was never, ever a priority for him to feel good all year in the past. Like, in 2012, Posey said he wanted to feel good until, say, August, then let himself slide slowly into exhaustion. Let’s not even talk about his rookie year when his clearly stated goal was to “totally hit a wall in July,” after which he would need orthopedic shoes.

So, there we have it: “professional athlete working out to keep himself in top physical condition” news at a time when we’re supposed to be talking about trades and signings and things.

  1. chiadam - Dec 10, 2013 at 8:23 AM

    So why bother to write about this? Just to continue your nauseating habit of pointing out everything everyone else says that you don’t agree with? Get over yourself.

    • joecool16280 - Dec 10, 2013 at 12:16 PM

      Nice.

    • mrpinkca - Dec 10, 2013 at 1:29 PM

      You know you don’t have to read it if it makes you feel nauseous. There’s a whole internet of stuff out there and if you look hard enough you can probably find something that doesn’t make you sick.

  2. spudchukar - Dec 10, 2013 at 8:36 AM

    Usually the BSOHL stories are B.S., but in Posey’s case it has a little more validity. Coming off the broken leg, he was probably a little reticent to go full tilt in the conditioning department in the 2012 off-season, letting it rest after the title run. Who knows, maybe he was playing with pain in the latter parts of the WS drive. Another year, full strength, and now no limitations. Makes more sense than the usual story.

  3. nymets4ever - Dec 10, 2013 at 8:36 AM

    Maybe if you ever actually played sport at any level, you’d know that there are ALWAYS performance and conditioning aspects to improve on from year to year.

    It’s the offseason and it’s human nature for these professional athletes to be excited about honing their game, getting back on the field, and competing.

    There’s a reason why Buster Posey is a top-flight Major League Baseball superstar and you wear a suit and tie and write a blog.

    • zzalapski - Dec 10, 2013 at 9:08 AM

      That’s funny. You put the words “suit and tie” and “blog” in the same sentence.

    • clydeserra - Dec 10, 2013 at 10:27 AM

      I love these comments. It makes me feel so much better about myself.

  4. zzalapski - Dec 10, 2013 at 9:05 AM

    Wow, some people are really missing the point of BSOHL stories.

  5. sportsdrenched - Dec 10, 2013 at 9:53 AM

    Some of these comments are why there should be a pledge peroid for new posters. Maybe even some hazing.

    • zzalapski - Dec 10, 2013 at 10:32 AM

      Would listening to Old Gator talk about the Marlins for 30 minutes qualify as hazing? Or is that cruel and unusual punishment?

      • dcarroll73 - Dec 11, 2013 at 8:48 AM

        No, actuaqlly having to watch the Marlins for 30 minutes (an inning?) would be cruel and unusual punishment. Hazing is the WordPress interface that they make pledges deal with until they become full members.

  6. luisrivasbuttocks - Dec 10, 2013 at 10:48 AM

    Is there any way to customize my HBT feed so I don’t have to read 897 of these pointless posts?

    I used to yearn for baseball to start because I love baseball.

  7. joecool16280 - Dec 10, 2013 at 12:19 PM

    Yay, lets mock everything!

  8. Tyree Studio - Dec 10, 2013 at 12:51 PM

    This is not to mock this post or Buster coming off of a serious leg injury, but why do mlb guys this time of year make it a point to tell people they are in BSOHL? Good job professional, million dollar, baseball player for taking the time to work on your body.
    Really there is no excuse (other than laziness) for professional athletes not to be in BSOHL. What else do they have to do with their off-time?

    The rest of us poor, normal smucks have to actually carve out time to get a workout in and don’t get paid for it. Just venting…

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