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Before and after: Dmitri Young lost a TON of weight

Jul 28, 2014, 11:50 AM EST

John McDonnell / TWP and via @Nationals) John McDonnell / TWP and via @Nationals)

During his 13-year MLB career Dmitri Young was one of the largest players in baseball, often struggling with his weight while being listed at 6-foot-2, 295 pounds.

Now he’s 40 years old and Young not only slimmed down in an effort to deal with his diabetes, the man nicknamed “Da Meat Hook” shocked people with how skinny he looks while saying hello to some friends at the Reds-Nationals game in Cincinnati game over the weekend.

Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post passes along quotes from a radio interview in which Young said he’s currently 205 pounds and “did it the right way” by “doing a lot of cardio” and then, once some of the weight came off, “working out” more seriously.

As someone who lost 150 pounds a few years ago and has been up and down several times since then, I commend Young on going with the diet-and-exercise route. It’s the hard way, but it’s also the most rewarding way and, hopefully in his case, the way to long-term success.

(Also, for a guy who dropped nearly 100 pounds that’s a pretty cool bacon shirt he’s wearing in the picture.)

  1. doncorleone17 - Jul 28, 2014 at 11:56 AM

    Lmao God Damn, looks so different. Good for him tho athletes after retirement tend to gain more wait

    • aceinthehole12 - Jul 28, 2014 at 12:01 PM

      Lol..wait.

    • asimonetti88 - Jul 28, 2014 at 4:03 PM

      Jordan Gross was the starting left tackle for the Carolina Panthers for over 10 years and recently retired. He has lost over 70 pounds since retiring earlier this year and weights around 230 pounds after being over 300 pounds his entire career. Good for Dmitri Young, this will help him with his diabetes and general health!

      • jrob23 - Jul 28, 2014 at 6:19 PM

        getting off PED will do that for you. Oh…I forgot..PED don’t do anything for you..people take them for ha has

  2. ripwarrior - Jul 28, 2014 at 12:19 PM

    Unless you are depressed or have a medical condition there is no excuse to be fat. Rigorous exercise, great dieting and ample rest does wonders.

    • doctorofsmuganomics - Jul 28, 2014 at 12:23 PM

      eff that.

    • danfrommv - Jul 28, 2014 at 12:36 PM

      Depression IS a medical condition

      • ripwarrior - Jul 28, 2014 at 12:37 PM

        A lot of fat people giving me thumbs down.

      • Bryz - Jul 28, 2014 at 12:54 PM

        6’2″, 190 here, and I still gave you a thumbs down. You were saying?

      • lenbias34pt - Jul 28, 2014 at 1:10 PM

        That is true.

        As a trainer i can tell you most of the people that are here (the gym) working out are working out the depression or issues or whatever it is.

    • Roger Moore - Jul 28, 2014 at 12:42 PM

      What about people who are too poor and busy to have time and money for rigorous exercise, great diet, and ample rest? That’s obviously not an excuse for a major league baseball player, but it is for a lot of ordinary people who aren’t paid big money for their physical talents.

      • 76ersdoubletank - Jul 28, 2014 at 12:50 PM

        I would say using the busy excuse for diet is a little lazy. It does not take a ton of time to chose water over a soda. Rest/time is a hinderance of United Stated society. Work until you drop so you can have 1.5 kids and a Nissan Altima.

        I will say this. Most of the men/women at my gym who are in great shape generally have no real careers and a ton of time. There are always excpections, but the tradeoff does exist.

      • ballislife365 - Jul 28, 2014 at 12:55 PM

        It’s a lot more expensive to be fat than thin in the long run.

      • ripwarrior - Jul 28, 2014 at 12:55 PM

        Water is cheap. Ditch the soda. Tuna, eggs, lean chicken real cheap.

    • jdd428 - Jul 28, 2014 at 1:15 PM

      Yeah 5-6, 150 here (not fat) and you get a thumbs down from me too.

    • billybawl - Jul 28, 2014 at 1:19 PM

      There is a short article in the current issue of National Geographic on the obesity epidemic in the US. It’s a much more complicated problem than willpower. Worth a read.

  3. pete2112 - Jul 28, 2014 at 12:24 PM

    Is it just me or does that after picture look strange. It looks like they photoshopped his head onto a young boys body. I’m not saying he didn’t lose the weight but rather his body has a weird appearance in the photo.

    • Roger Moore - Jul 28, 2014 at 12:39 PM

      It’s a camera angle thing. That picture was taken using a wide angle lens with the camera really close to his face. That distorts the picture, making his head look too big relative to his body. It’s a common problem with portraits, and seems especially common when people are using cell phone cameras, which have wide angle lenses.

    • stlouis1baseball - Jul 28, 2014 at 5:31 PM

      Looks like a damn fun house picture Pete. Lol! So…no. It isnt just you.

  4. genericcommenter - Jul 28, 2014 at 1:25 PM

    Now he needs to start lifting and add some muscle mass so his head doesn’t overpower his shoulders.

  5. neoshweaty - Jul 28, 2014 at 1:32 PM

    Wow. Good for him.

  6. natstowngreg - Jul 28, 2014 at 4:46 PM

    We used to laugh at Dmitri’s listed weight (under 300) on the RFK scoreboard, knowing it wasn’t real. At the same time, it was sad, knowing he has diabetes (and once came close to dying of it).

    So it was wonderful to see Dmitri doing much better. Hope he can keep moving in the right direction.

  7. stlouis1baseball - Jul 28, 2014 at 5:28 PM

    6-0” 250 and yep…I thumb downed yo’ ass.
    Suck it warrier. Suck it like a chocolate milk shake.
    Suck it like a chocolate dipped waffle cone. Suck it like a fat kid eating cake.
    Suck it like a pre-bariatric patient eating french fries.
    Just…suck it!

  8. laxer37 - Jul 28, 2014 at 5:38 PM

    He’s wearing a shirt that says bacon on it.

    Finally! It’s the all bacon diet that we’ve all been waiting for.

  9. stoutfiles - Jul 28, 2014 at 6:17 PM

    He looks like a bobblehead.

  10. jrob23 - Jul 28, 2014 at 6:18 PM

    cocaine is a hell of a drug

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