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Mike Trout is in The Best Shape of his Life

Feb 20, 2014, 8:30 AM EDT

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On the one hand, dude, you’re 22, you had better be in The Best Shape of Your Life. Indeed, there has been some talk in BSOHL circles that we should disqualify everyone under, say, 30, from BSHOL consideration.

On the other hand, well, he said it:

Trout checked into camp last spring weighing 241, ended the season at 238 and has checked in this year at 235.

“I feel great,” he said. “Best shape I’ve ever been in.”

If he felt something less-than-great the past two seasons, boy howdy, 2014 is gonna be scary.

  1. chacochicken - Feb 20, 2014 at 8:31 AM

    He is in the best shape of all of our lives.

    • historiophiliac - Feb 20, 2014 at 11:33 AM

      Speak for yourself.

      • chacochicken - Feb 20, 2014 at 11:51 AM

        When the rooster crows he crows for all.

      • historiophiliac - Feb 20, 2014 at 12:02 PM

        Isn’t any rooster that speaks for the hens.

    • mick2014 - Feb 20, 2014 at 8:02 PM

      Aren’t all 21 yr olds in the best shape of their lives? The 2014 bombshell will be Trout is using steroids. Look at the size of his noggin is double from his rookie season.

  2. jarathen - Feb 20, 2014 at 8:44 AM

    I assume this means Mike Trout has surpassed corporeal form.

    • chacochicken - Feb 20, 2014 at 8:48 AM

      He’s made of some kind of mithral-adamantium alloy.

      • ltzep75 - Feb 20, 2014 at 9:09 AM

        Cloud of energy.

      • infieldhit - Feb 20, 2014 at 11:28 AM

        Liquid metal.

    • moogro - Feb 20, 2014 at 9:18 PM

      I once saw him run all the way to catch a foul ball against the hollywood sign on MLB network. That he hit himself.

  3. rbj1 - Feb 20, 2014 at 8:59 AM

    As someone who’s going to be putting it 20 years past, if you’re in BSOHL after the age of 30, there’s something wrong.

    • karlkolchak - Feb 20, 2014 at 9:11 AM

      I ran my first marathon at 41 and really was in the BSOML. But I’ve never been paid to play sports.

      • kevinbnyc - Feb 20, 2014 at 1:27 PM

        Clearly you needed to be tested for PEDs

    • historiophiliac - Feb 20, 2014 at 12:05 PM

      I was in much better shape after 30 than before. It was due to economics, discipline, and knowledge in probably equal parts.

  4. crispybasil - Feb 20, 2014 at 9:05 AM

    The cynic in me is already wondering how some baseball writers will use this against him when we get to the Trout vs. Cabrera MVP Debate 2014.

    But the optimist in me is giddy!

    • genericcommenter - Feb 20, 2014 at 9:21 AM

      Cabrera managed to do it all without the benefit of naturally being in the best shape of any human in the universe. So he should get bonus points.

      • Liam - Feb 20, 2014 at 10:01 AM

        He moved positions again! That’s worth at least 5 WAR.

      • historiophiliac - Feb 20, 2014 at 11:48 AM

        And without Prince behind him in the lineup!

  5. chiadam - Feb 20, 2014 at 9:06 AM

    He must eat at Subway like our Olympians. Thank you, chicken and bacon ranch!

    • philliesblow - Feb 20, 2014 at 10:29 AM

      Subway, soon to feature real bread…………

      • infieldhit - Feb 20, 2014 at 11:26 AM

        Well, we can’t say it gave some kind of performance enhancement to Trout because Ryan Howard would suggest otherwise.

        Or, as the kids like to say, “because Ryan Howard.” Ugh.

    • jarathen - Feb 21, 2014 at 12:37 PM

      That’s what I’ve been doing wrong! I’ve been eating the one stacked with Fritos!

  6. Eric Ferguson - Feb 20, 2014 at 9:16 AM

    “The cynic in me is already wondering how some baseball writers will use this against him when we get to the Trout vs. Cabrera MVP Debate 2014.”

    Anybody can play great in their 20s. True greatness means digging deep and finding the will to win when you’ve cracked the seal on your fourth decade on this mortal coil. For this reason, Miguel Cabrera deserves the 2014 MVP.

    • stex52 - Feb 20, 2014 at 9:36 AM

      My sarcasm meter just went off scale.

      • natstowngreg - Feb 20, 2014 at 11:23 AM

        I once helped moderate a message board for fans of my favorite NFL team. We had a feature where you could click a button, and “(sarcasm)” would appear at the bottom of your post.

        We need that on this here blog right here. And, of course, an edit function.

      • historiophiliac - Feb 20, 2014 at 11:39 AM

        With this group, it might be simpler to have a “no sarcasm” button.

    • stlouis1baseball - Feb 20, 2014 at 3:35 PM

      You for real yo’? Nooo…can’t be. I simply refuse to believe you are being sincere.
      Otherwise, I am truely embarrassed. And I don’t embarrass easily.

  7. aceshigh11 - Feb 20, 2014 at 1:38 PM

    There’s something fishy about this story.

    Ah, I missed this place.

  8. American of African Descent - Feb 20, 2014 at 5:54 PM

    Mike Trout v. Chuck Norris. Who wins?

    • ptfu - Feb 20, 2014 at 8:03 PM

      In a very close contest, Mike Trout lands more hits, but Chuck Norris takes home the award.

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