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Matt Adams is in The Best Shape of His Life

Jan 19, 2014, 3:04 PM EDT

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Matt Adams projects to open the 2014 baseball season as the Cardinals’ starting first baseman and is preparing for that role with an extensive offseason diet and workout program. Listed last year at 6-foot-3 and 260 pounds, he showed off a much more slender physique this weekend at the Cardinals’ annual Winter Warmup fan festival in downtown St. Louis.

The 25-year-old is, by all indications, in The Very Best Shape of His Life. MLB.com’s Jenifer Langosch had a chat with Adams early Sunday morning …

And Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch provides the video evidence …

Adams batted .284/.335/.503 with 17 home runs and 51 RBI in 108 games last season for the NL champs.

  1. ozzies85dinger - Jan 19, 2014 at 3:14 PM

    Smart move. Nothing good can come from starting a MLB career at 250+lb.

  2. missingdiz - Jan 19, 2014 at 3:16 PM

    I like the “hitting lefty sliders” part even more than the weight loss bit. Regarding the weight, the hard part will be to keep it off during the season. If he lives on pizza and potato chips on the road, the weight will jump on him like Ironman’s suit.

  3. spudchukar - Jan 19, 2014 at 3:42 PM

    He is now 6′ 6″, weighs 280, and runs a 4.4 forty, with 0.5% body weight.

    • chacochicken - Jan 19, 2014 at 5:15 PM

      No, you are confusing him with J.J. Watt. He does look a bit rhombus like however.

  4. yahmule - Jan 20, 2014 at 3:09 AM

    In the previews to that movie called Grudge Match – which I still can’t believe happened – Stallone opines that “round is a shape.” I swear it feels like it takes him a solid ten minutes to get to the punchline on a one sentence joke.

  5. okobojicat - Jan 20, 2014 at 10:39 AM

    Sounds like its time to start building up the BSOHL roster:

    C – Buster Posey*
    1B – Matt Adams
    2B –
    SS – Starlin Castro*
    3B –
    RF – Jeff Francoeur’s eyes (aren’t they dreamy)
    CF –
    LF –
    DH –
    SP1 – Kevin Gausman
    SP2 – Matt Harrison
    LOOGY – Scott Downs

    *Indicates that they are planning on being in the best shape of their life
    There are reasons to believe Pablo Sandoval is in the best shape of his life, but he nor anyone else besides Craig has made that claim yet.

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