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A.J. Ellis is in The Best Shape of His Life

Feb 8, 2014, 3:02 PM EDT

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While Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis didn’t come right out and say it, this comes right out of the BSOHL playbook.

According to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times, Ellis said today that he lost 15 pounds over the winter. The 32-year-old dropped the weight because he wants to take on a bigger load behind the plate this year and catch between 120-125 games.

Ellis has functioned as the Dodgers’ primary catcher over the past two seasons. After catching 131 games (128 starts) in 2012, he dropped down to 113 games (109 starts) last year because of a stint on the disabled list with a strained left oblique.

  1. Professor Fate - Feb 8, 2014 at 4:37 PM

    He’s an athlete and has been for most of his life. Like all high-level athletes he was likely in the BSOHL in his twenties. Unless you were a fat slob in your twenties and wised up, you are almost never in better shape than your late teens and twenties.

    All that said, nice to see Ellis taking his job seriously and wanting to catch more games. With that staff to manage I can see why he’d want to be out there as much as possible.

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