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Rafael Soriano has lost ten pounds, found his breaking ball

Feb 17, 2014, 8:50 AM EDT

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This isn’t BSOHL territory — no one makes that claim here or anything close to it — but Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reports that Rafael Soriano has lost 10 pounds and looks a lot learner as camp opens.

Soriano started working a month early. He claims having extra weight on him last year is what sapped his velocity and kept him from throwing his breaking ball effectively. He became a fastball-only pitcher for all practical purposes and as Soriano notes, not many people can get away with that:

“If I’ve got my stuff and they hit it, I’m fine,” Soriano said. “I’ll take it. I got a problem when my second pitch is not there. Most of the time I throw a fastball. There’s one guy that do that [stuff]. Mariano [Rivera]. There’s nobody else.”

I bet he didn’t say “stuff.” And I bet here, when he was talking about Florida being cold compared to the Dominican, he didn’t say “messed”:

At the locker next to him, Ross Detwiler overheard Soriano’s plans. “Too cold?” Detwiler asked him.

“The problem is when I go to the Dominican right away, everything be [messed] up,” Soriano replied.

“You can come stay in St. Louis one winter with me,” Detwiler said.

“No chance, bro,” Soriano said, drawing laughter from Detwiler.

Interesting column about an interesting and, I would suspect, kinda complicated guy that is probably destined to hit the free agent market next winter.

  1. jpash42 - Feb 17, 2014 at 9:02 AM

    Looks a lot learner eh?? Craig…u dumb.

    • spudchukar - Feb 17, 2014 at 10:42 AM

      I actually liked the “error”. I think Craig has coined a new word. Learner, both thinner and smarter. Well done o’ smooth pated one.

  2. proudlycanadian - Feb 17, 2014 at 9:08 AM

    He has become a lean mean pitching machine bro.

  3. nymets4ever - Feb 17, 2014 at 9:53 AM

    Riiight, it’s just so interesting how he both talks and acts like a douchebag. Let’s marvel at the complex nuances of how he throws cursewords around in the most pointless contexts, and how he yanks his shirt untucked the nanosecond after every game. What a renaissance man. lol

    • spudchukar - Feb 17, 2014 at 10:48 AM

      It is his second language. I’d like to see how well you would place your colorful language in Spanish.

    • karlkolchak - Feb 17, 2014 at 12:55 PM

      Speaking of someone who is fluent in Douchebag.

  4. bankboy2012 - Feb 17, 2014 at 11:49 AM

    So his breaking ball was trapped under a fat roll?

  5. Francisco (FC) - Feb 17, 2014 at 12:30 PM

    Rafael Soriano has lost ten pounds, found his breaking ball

    It’s always in the last place you look.

    • karlkolchak - Feb 17, 2014 at 12:56 PM

      Stuck between the couch cushions again. Should’ve known.

    • paperlions - Feb 17, 2014 at 3:27 PM

      Well, I would hope so….I mean, if you find it and keep looking for it anyway, you’ve got more problems than lost balls.

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