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  1. Nyjer Morgan: 2010 “wasn’t a Nyjer Morgan year”

    Feb 14, 2011, 5:35 PM EST

    Nyjer Morgan

    I mock Best Shape of His Life stories a lot, but it’s not like they’re the only spring training evergreen story out there. Another big one is “guy who imploded last season says he’s got a new attitude this season.”  Ladies and gentlemen, Nyjer Morgan, who says he has refocused and simplified his approach to…

  2. CC Sabathia has lost 30 pounds

    Feb 8, 2011, 5:32 PM EST

    CC Sabathia

    Buster Olney says that CC Sabathia has lost 30 pounds this winter.  To which I say: wow. Still, I’m not going to slap with this with “best shape of his life” for a couple of reasons.  Most directly, because I remember when CC was a young Cleveland Indian, and it would probably take more than…

  3. Strasburg to begin throwing in 2-3 weeks, but long rehab ahead

    Jan 18, 2011, 2:19 AM EST

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    Adam Kilgore of The Washington Post caught up with Washington Nationals phenom pitcher Stephen Strasburg, and has some information on how the right-hander has been handling his rehabilitation from Tommy John surgery, how he has been spending his time this offseason, and his prospects for returning to action. There are some good nuggets, so check…

  4. HBT Weekend Wrapup

    Jan 17, 2011, 6:24 AM EST

    Divisional Playoffs - New York Jets v New England Patriots

    Things you missed while either (a) watching the NFL; or (b) taking care of the house and kids while your wife was out of commission with the flu. Guess which one was me!

  5. Pablo Sandoval is shrinking!

    Jan 16, 2011, 8:55 AM EST

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    At the beginning of last week, Hank Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle published a story about Pablo Sandoval and his offseason workout program.  The third baseman, of course, was claiming to be in “the best shape of his life” and ready to turn his career around after a disappointing 2010 campaign. We were skeptical. …

  6. Call off the Bartolo Colon watch

    Jan 10, 2011, 1:27 PM EST

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    Remember when Bartolo Colon was reported to be in the best shape of his life and the Yankees were maybe interested and, hey, he’s pitching pretty good down in the winter league and everything? Yeah, well: Colon failed to secure a win for the third straight game in the postseason, allowing four runs in five…

  7. Is Brad Penny Detroit-bound?

    Dec 17, 2010, 12:19 PM EST

    Brad Penny

    It’s been a busy offseason so far for Brad Penny. He got engaged to one of the pros from “Dancing with the Stars.” He’s busy getting into The Best Shape of His Life.  And now he may be packing his bags for Detroit. That’s what Jon Paul Morosi is saying, reporting that the Tigers have expressed…

  8. Your Prince Fielder Photo of the Day

    Dec 15, 2010, 1:29 PM EST

    The below pic was taken today as Prince Fielder visited a Japanese junior high school and taught some mad baseball skills to the kids as a part of the Major League Baseball International Ambassador program.  I also like this one. But really, the reason I posted them is that judging by others in the stream of…

  9. Elijah Dukes is in trouble again. Which makes me sad, though not for him.

    Nov 2, 2010, 3:59 PM EST

    Washington Nationals Photo Day

    It’s not major trouble by his standards — he’d have to be accused of robbing a moving train or sedition or something in order for this to really register on the Elijah Dukes scale — but the former Ray and Nat was arrested again, this time for failing to pay court-ordered child support payments. Like,…

  10. Fergie Jenkins thinks Zambrano got too skinny

    May 11, 2010, 10:17 AM EST

    And here we thought being in the best shape of his life would make a big difference.  Here’s the great Fergie Jenkings on the Cubs’ highly-paid mopup man: “The guy I thought was going to be a winner was Carlos Zambrano,” Jenkins said. “But he just can’t get it together.” The reason, Jenkins speculated, was…

  11. Springtime Storylines: Can anyone on the White Sox hit the ball over the fence?

    Mar 26, 2010, 8:55 AM EST

    Between now and Opening Day, HBT will take a look at each of the 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2010 season.  Next up: The Ozzie Guillen Show The big question: Can anyone hit the ball over the fence? This is a pretty punchless…

  12. Quote of the Day II: Andruw Jones and Joey Cora

    Feb 23, 2010, 5:00 PM EST

    From Olney.  And an added “best shape of his life” too! Best line of the spring so far: Andrew Jones showed up in great shape, about 25 pounds lighter than last year. And he proclaimed to others, “I am the best CFer you guys have in camp.” To which Joey Cora replied, “You should be.…

  13. So much for Camp Panda

    Feb 17, 2010, 5:50 PM EST

    Courtesy of ‘Duk over at Big League Stew comes a photo of Pablo Sandoval at his first day of Giants’ spring training. I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that — for all the talk of his offseason training regimen — Kung Fu Panda is not in the best shape of…

  14. Jerry Manuel vows to make the Mets work on fundamentals

    Feb 17, 2010, 4:20 PM EST

    When it comes to spring training evergreen stories there aren’t many more venerable than “best shape of his life” and “Player X spent the winter working on a new arm angle to get on top of his breaking ball” pieces. After those, however, you have to go with “Manager X plans on emphasizing fundamental baseball…

  15. Mark McGwire: hitting coach

    Feb 16, 2010, 10:30 AM EST

    Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch has an in depth article on Mark McGwire today. And — surprise! — it’s about Mark McGwire the hitting coach, not Mark McGwire the sideshow freak: “I used to have a different swing for every type of pitch, like it was this advanced game of pepper up there,”…

  16. Justin Verlander: Jeremy Bonderman looks good

    Feb 10, 2010, 6:00 PM EST

    Give a guy $80 million and he’ll wear any hat you want him to. Starter. Team leader. Scout: Justin Verlander said the throws have life on them, more than he saw last year. He talked about making adjustments, going back to the basics. He’s really excited about the progress. He wasn’t talking about himself. He…

  17. Derek Jeter: Captain Provocative

    Feb 10, 2010, 4:40 PM EST

    Stop the presses: Derek Jeter thinks the Yankees have a chance to repeat. He also said “I like the team that we have.” Jeter was going to say that he was in the best shape of his life but his agent, business manager, publicist and life coach decided that they didn’t want to get all…

  18. Matt Stairs set to become a Padre

    Jan 23, 2010, 4:59 PM EST

    Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports that 41-year-old outfielder Matt Stairs has agreed to a minor league contract with the Padres.  From Jerry’s Twitter account, a must-follow for any baseball fan: “[Padres GM] Jed Hoyer was very aggressive in trying to bring Matt into a young team to have a veteran presence,” said Stairs’ agent, Bob…

  19. Mike Lowell is "on a mission"

    Jan 8, 2010, 10:00 AM EST

    If I had any skills I’d create some sort of interactive bingo card for the right-hand margin on which we’d put chips every time a player is reported this spring to (a) be in the best shape of his life; (b) be working on a new pitch that he thinks will make the difference; (c)…

  20. Francisco Liriano is "throwing the living fire out of the ball"

    Jan 5, 2010, 9:25 AM EST

    And with this quote from Ron Gardenhire about Francisco Liriano, we officially begin to transition from the hot stove season to the “Player X is in the best shape of his life” season: “I just got a report that he’s throwing the living fire out of the ball down in the Dominican (Republic). He threw…

  21. Rich Harden desperately wants to stay healthy

    Dec 11, 2009, 5:47 PM EST

    Rich Harden’s new deal gives him $11.5 million reasons to want to stay healthy. This piece at MLB.com talks about what he’s doing to make that elusive goal come to pass: Harden has been searching for answers and believes he is getting there. He works with a private physiotherapist in Phoenix and has worked hard…

  22. Minnesota columnist: Paul Molitor will crack down on those wimpy players with piddly little concussions

    Nov 5, 2014, 7:56 AM EST

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    We’re up to round 179 of “Joe Mauer is soft” in Minnesota. And it’s frankly sickening.

  23. Wrigley Field — the most human park in baseball — turns 100-years-old

    Apr 23, 2014, 10:48 AM EST

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    Fenway may be the site of more accomplishments, but it’s easier to see ourselves in Wrigley Field.

  24. 2014 Preview: Texas Rangers

    Feb 26, 2014, 4:11 PM EST

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    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2014 season. First up: The Texas Rangers. The Big Question: Were the bold moves bold enough? The past two offseasons seasons saw the division…

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