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  1. Casey McGehee is in the Best Shape of his Life

    Feb 2, 2012, 4:12 PM EST

    Casey McGehee

    From Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Hearing [Casey] McGehee will enter spring training at 208 pounds, down from 231 at end of 2011, cut body fat in half. Just a mere weight loss isn’t enough to qualify for BSOHL, but when you have a body fat cut too, that makes it rate, baby.

  2. So, what to make of Scott Boras’ winter?

    Feb 2, 2012, 3:30 PM EST

    Boras thinking

    Before Prince Fielder signed for $214 million, people were saying that Scott Boras was having a bad offseason for his free agents.  Then, all of  a sudden, everyone was saying how awesome he was.  Then today Edwin Jackson signed a one-year deal that, in my view anyway, is a borderline bargain for the Nationals. Then…

  3. Zack Greinke, soon to be a free agent, is agent-free

    Feb 2, 2012, 2:44 PM EST

    greinke getty

    You’d think that a guy who has been portrayed as not being able to handle a lot of distractions wouldn’t want to be in the business of handling his own business affairs as he enters his final season before free agency.  But more so than the social anxiety stuff, Zack Greinke has been defined by…

  4. UPDATE: The Nationals sign Edwin Jackson to a one-year deal

    Feb 2, 2012, 1:49 PM EST

    Edwin Jackson Getty

    UPDATE: That was a quick targeting. Heyman reports that the Nationals and Jackson have a deal. Jackson was seen in an airport, presumably on his way to Washington for a physical.  The shocker: it’s reportedly a one-year deal. Heyman says it’s in the $8-12 million range. Which, yes, we’ve heard that Jackson was willing to…

  5. Aaron Gleeman talks about pants, podcasts, unibrows and blogging and stuff

    Feb 2, 2012, 1:00 PM EST

    Aaron Gleeman

    Aaron was on the FanGraphs Audio Podcast with Carson Cistulli.  Among the highlights: “It’s tough, it’s tiring to be around people when you’re working” Truth. People frighten and scare bloggers. Aaron also gives out our blogging secrets. Like, the stuff about how we read Twitter all day. And how his name starting with two As…

  6. To ESPN, the Pirates and Astros are “other”

    Feb 2, 2012, 12:40 PM EST

    Dangerfield

    UPDATE:  ESPN has tried to improve it. 12:40 PM: Pirates blogger Jon Anderson of The “Mc” Effect was reading ESPN.com this morning when he noticed this fun little poll about the NL Central: Look, I’m not gonna pick either the Astros or the Pirates to win the NL Central this year, but I think they’re…

  7. The DH has tainted hitting records? Really?

    Feb 2, 2012, 12:11 PM EST

    Detroit Tigers v New York Yankees - Game 5

    Terrence Moore of MLB.com would like you — and every single development in baseball since, I dunno, 1965, to get off his lawn: No question, baseball’s home run records are tarnished by those who spent part of their careers with artificially enhanced bodies, or have been suspected of it. That said, why don’t folks talk much…

  8. The Official 2012 BSOHL Roster

    Feb 2, 2012, 11:30 AM EST

    Atlas

    Reader Kopy has been doing the Lord’s work: he’s been keeping track of all of the Best Shape of His Life guys as we post them.  Seriously, dudes: news you can use. Kopy has periodically updated them in the comments of BSOHL stories, but I figure it’s worth putting them in a post.  So, here…

  9. Bobby Valentine is the Newt Gingrich of baseball managers

    Feb 2, 2012, 10:24 AM EST

    Bobby Valentine

    The Baseball Crank is both a baseball expert and a contributor to the conservative blog Redstate. So he has special insight into all of this.  And he has basically blown my mind with his latest post:  Think about it. Both are essentially relics of the 1990s who have spent a good deal of the past…

  10. Chris Tillman is in the Best Shape of His Life

    Feb 2, 2012, 10:09 AM EST

    Chris Tillman

    BSOHL stories are usually reserved for veterans looking to rebound from a decline.  But even a 23 year-old can be in the BSOHL. Just ask Orioles’ pitcher Chris Tillman: “I’m in better shape than I’ve ever been, at least stronger,” he said. “All the running has definitely helped. I truly believe I’m better than I’ve…

  11. Joe Benson talks about being robbed in Venezuela

    Feb 2, 2012, 9:59 AM EST

    map_of_venezuela

    We learned a couple of months ago just how dangerous Venezuela can be for a ballplayer when Wilson Ramos was kidnapped.  Before that happened, however, Twins’ prospect Joe Benson was robbed at gunpoint while taking a taxi. That story got lost in the Ramos shuffle, but Fox has an interview with Benson about it all…

  12. Vicente Padilla might not be able to leave Nicaragua for Red Sox camp

    Feb 2, 2012, 9:13 AM EST

    Padilla_Vicente

    Via WEEI comes word that La Prensa newspaper in Nicaragua is reporting that Vicente Padilla — who just signed a minor league deal with the Red Sox — is facing an order not to leave Nicaragua over a child support flap. He originally had an arrest warrant issued but it was rescinded.  He’s alleged to…

  13. Probably more than you wanted to know about Brian Cashman’s extramarital affairs

    Feb 2, 2012, 8:41 AM EST

    Cashman profile

    Gawker/Deadspin’s A.J. Daulerio is not always the muckraker Gotham wants, but sometimes he’s the muckraker Gotham needs. Wait, not sure we really need this, but it’s out there anyway and 800 readers will send me this throughout the day asking me to link it, so I link it: Daulerio tracked down Brian Cashman’s mistress. She’s fed up…

  14. Successful billionaire interested in both the Mets and the Dodgers for some reason

    Feb 2, 2012, 8:11 AM EST

    Hedge fund manager Cohen, founder and chairman of SAC Capital Advisors, responds to a question during an interview at the SALT Conference in Las Vegas

    Last April Steven Cohen — a bald man with glasses and thus, with the exception of having eight billion dollars to his name, is like me in most respects — was reported to be interested in buying into the Mets.  Then that all went away as he got involved in the bidding for the Los…

  15. The Red Sox may still have a shot at Roy Oswalt

    Feb 1, 2012, 5:05 PM EST

    Roy Oswalt

    The Red Sox are on the outs with Edwin Jackson.  Roy Oswalt is sour on the Cardinals. It’s getting close to closing time. They see each other at the end of the bar, lock eyes and … A Red Sox source confirmed Wednesday that the team had not abandoned hopes of signing Oswalt, indicating that…

  16. The Red Sox are “most likely out of the picture” for Edwin Jackson

    Feb 1, 2012, 2:00 PM EST

    Edwin Jackson Getty

    Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston reports that the Red Sox are “most likely out of the picture” for Edwin Jackson.  He reports that there are better deals on the table from other clubs. Who knows where he’ll go at this point. If, as some are suspecting, Jackson is going to settle for a one-year deal, he may prefer…

  17. Behold: The Brian Cashman-Theo Epstein Mutual Admiration Society

    Feb 1, 2012, 12:58 PM EST

    red sox and yankees logos

    Brian Cashman and Theo Epstein were at the same charity event on Tuesday night and they each talked about how great it is that they’re not competing head-to-head in the Yankees-Red Sox rivalry anymore. Why?  Each of them are just too awesome for the other to handle! “I was never able to totally relax because…

  18. What a surprise: Tom Brady loves the way Derek Jeter plays the game

    Feb 1, 2012, 11:40 AM EST

    Super Bowl XLVI - Media Day

    What’s more soul-killing: the lack of substantive baseball stories in the dead of winter or the proliferation of fluffy-nothing football stories a few days before the Super Bowl? Kind of an existential question. Maybe the fluff football stories are worse in some way because, really, it’s not like there isn’t a lot of substantive, legit…

  19. The Mets hope to sell ten minority shares by the end of February

    Feb 1, 2012, 11:03 AM EST

    mets logo hat

    When last we heard of the Mets’ sale of $20 million minority stakes in the team, they were allegedly close to closing on the sale of five shares.  That as early January, and as of yet, they haven’t closed.  At least as far as we know. Here’s the latest from Steven Marcus of Newsday: The…

  20. Roy Oswalt is not happy with the Cardinals’ offer

    Feb 1, 2012, 10:30 AM EST

    oswalt getty

    We’ve known that the Cardinals and Roy Oswalt have been pussy-footing around one another. But now we know that Roy Oswalt does not like the Cardianls’ pussy-footing:  Ken Rosenthal reports that the Cardinals have not made Roy Oswalt an offer “that the pitcher deems anywhere close to sufficient.” As Rosenthal notes, Oswalt is much to blame…

  21. Mark Teixeira is in the Best Shape of His Life

    Feb 1, 2012, 9:50 AM EST

    teixeira2

    Overlooked this in that Mark Teixeira-will-bunt-article, but … Teixeira tweeted Tuesday that he lost 14 pounds this offseason.  “I didn’t feel like I needed to, but I’m always trying to get better. I know that the older that I get, the more important nutrition is, any chance I get to make myself lighter, faster, more…

  22. In Kansas City, “your beer is going to be cooled by the sun”

    Feb 1, 2012, 9:20 AM EST

    solar-panels

    But wait? How?! The Kansas City Royals baseball team is getting greener with the largest in-stadium solar array generating electricity in Major League Baseball. The 160 solar panels, which have been installed and tested, are expected to produce 36,000 kilowatt hours of electricity per year, which is enough to power for four homes. That won’t…

  23. OK, so Mark Teixeira will bunt after all

    Feb 1, 2012, 8:50 AM EST

    Mark Teixeira

    Yesterday I mocked the idea that the Yankees may ask their power-hitting first baseman to eschew trying to hit the ball to Yankee Stadium’s short porch in right field like God and Nature intended and, instead, try to square around to bunt or to slap it the other way when batting left-handed so as to…

  24. Columnist Phil Rogers has decided Ryan Braun’s appeal for us

    Feb 1, 2012, 6:36 AM EST

    braun getty wide

    Phil Rogers of the Chicago Tribune writes an overview of the Brewers.  He devotes much of it to arguing that the Ryan Braun contract was a terrible move by the Brewers, and even compares it unfavorably to Alex Rodriguez‘s original $250 million deal with the Rangers. Yes, the contract that will never pay him more…

  25. The Astros sign Livan Hernandez to a minor league deal

    Jan 31, 2012, 5:33 PM EST

    Livan Hernandez

    Ken Rosenthal reports that the Houston Astros have signed Livan Hernandez to a minor league deal. On a personal note, allow me to say how happy I am that he’s out of the NL East. He could be 98 years-old with an ERA of infinity and he’d still go eight innings while giving up one…

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