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  1. Orioles prospect Kevin Gausman has had a stressful few days

    Nov 20, 2012, 11:32 AM EST

    Donuts

    Last week Hostess announced it was going to cease operations.  Yesterday, some hope emerged in the form of a judicially-ordered mediation, but it’s still unclear what will happen. It’s likely that even if Hostess liquidates, their brands and products will still live on with another company.  But that’s cold comfort for addicts.  Addicts like Orioles…

  2. One year removed from kidnapping, Wilson Ramos trying to focus on rehab from knee surgery

    Nov 10, 2012, 11:45 AM EST

    Wilson Ramos

    Yesterday marked the one-year anniversary of Wilson Ramos being kidnapped from his home in Venezuela. The harrowing ordeal has made an indelible imprint on his memory, but he told Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post yesterday that he’s much more focused on rehabbing his surgically-repaired right knee. “The truth is that I’m happy to be…

  3. How did the BSOHL guys do in 2012?

    Oct 29, 2012, 12:03 PM EST

    Print

    Each winter we keep tabs on which players — and sometimes which managers or even bloggers — report to spring training in The Best Shape of Their Lives.  Let’s see how the winter 2011-12 roster did compared to their 2011 seasons when, presumably, they were in terrible shape. Note: there may have been a few…

  4. And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

    Jul 17, 2012, 6:07 AM EST

    Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Chris Tillman wipes sweat from his forehead during the first inning of the Orioles' MLB baseball game against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field in Minneapolis

    Twins 19, Orioles 7: This was a multifaceted butt-whupping, but it got started with Chris Tillman’s butt. Which is a shame considering that five short months ago he was in the Best Shape of His Life. All of those runs for the Twins despite hitting only one homer. It was a Gashouse Gorillas-style conga line…

  5. Former closer Chad Cordero wants to make a comeback

    Apr 30, 2012, 12:16 PM EST

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    Chad Cordero hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2010 and hasn’t been healthy and effective in the same season since 2007, but the former All-Star closer is apparently preparing for a comeback next year. Bill Ladson of MLB.com caught up with Cordero at yesterday’s Nationals-Dodgers game and reports that he’s “in great shape after losing…

  6. Blue Jays demote Brett Cecil to minors after rough spring

    Apr 3, 2012, 1:43 PM EST

    Brett Cecil;

    Brett Cecil led the Blue Jays with 15 wins in 2010 and has started 65 games in the majors, but now the 25-year-old left-hander is headed back to the minors following a rough spring training. Toronto let Cecil pick between going to Triple-A or Double-A and he opted for the lower level because Triple-A affiliate…

  7. Tigers place Brandon Inge on disabled list with groin injury

    Apr 3, 2012, 10:15 AM EST

    Detroit Tigers' Brandon Inge horses around during their MLB spring training workout in Lakeland, Florida

    Brandon Inge came into spring training in The Best Shape Of His Life, but now he’s leaving camp on the disabled list with a strained groin. Because the DL stint is backdated he’ll be eligible to return on April 14 and Inge told Jason Beck of MLB.com that he expects to be ready by then,…

  8. Can Magic Johnson play third base?

    Mar 30, 2012, 11:18 PM EST

    Juan Uribe

    Because Juan Uribe is looking pretty much cooked. Fresh off an inaugural season with the Dodgers in which he hit .204/.264/.293 with four homers in 270 at-bats, Uribe is batting .231/.286/.282 in 39 at-bats this spring. It’s also a safe guess he wasn’t the subject of any “best shape of his life” articles after reporting…

  9. Dusty Baker on Juan Francisco: “He’s got to stop eating”

    Mar 6, 2012, 4:16 PM EST

    Francisco_Juan

    Francisco Cordero has some company on the “Not In The Best Shape Of His Life” team, apparently. Here’s what manager Dusty Baker told Mark Sheldon of MLB.com about Juan Francisco‘s calf injury and overall status in Reds camp: He’s got time but he’s behind. Part of that is if he had rehabbed properly in the…

  10. Freddie Freeman injures knee, likely to miss two weeks

    Feb 28, 2012, 2:14 PM EST

    New York Mets v Atlanta Braves

    Freddie Freeman reported to spring training in The Best Shape Of His Life, but the Braves’ first baseman is expected to sit out at least two weeks after injuring his right knee in this morning’s workout. Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports that “Freeman’s right knee popped out of place as he reached to pick a…

  11. Russell Martin, Yankees still discussing long-term deal

    Feb 23, 2012, 4:10 PM EST

    That can't be good for his back

    UPDATE: Martin’s agent told Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York that the Yankees are now pitching the idea of figuring out a three-year deal that would cancel out his one-year contract, but “negotiations are in the early stages.” ========== Russell Martin and the Yankees avoided arbitration by signing a one-year, $7.5 million contract back in…

  12. Bob Wickman used to throw up to make weight with the Yankees

    Feb 20, 2012, 12:16 PM EST

    bob wickman yankees

    Before becoming as successful closer in his thirties Bob Wickman was a starter and then a middle reliever for the Yankees, debuting at age 23 in 1992. Later in his career Wickman’s gut expanded significantly, but with the Yankees he was merely chubby (or perhaps even in The Best Shape Of His Life) and general…

  13. Jhoulys Chacin upset about GM Dan O’Dowd’s criticism

    Feb 13, 2012, 11:49 AM EST

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    Last week Rockies general manager Dan O’Dowd criticized Jhoulys Chacin for being one of the few players not reporting to spring training in the best shape of his life, saying that he wasn’t pleased with the right-hander’s offseason workouts and added weight. Chacin spoke to Rafael Rojas Cremonesi of the Venezuelan newspaper Meridiano and SB…

  14. Justin Smoak gives up burritos, hoping for strong 2012

    Feb 12, 2012, 5:01 PM EST

    smoak getty

    While not quite a Best Shape of His Life tale, this weekend report from Larry Larue of the Tacoma News Tribune does profess Mariners first baseman Justin Smoak as having an improved physique: “I gave up Mexican food – man, I could crush burritos,” Smoak told Larue. “And pizza. I could crush those, too. I…

  15. 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…

  16. Jim Thome is going to play more first base than expected

    Jan 14, 2012, 10:00 AM EST

    Third baseman Jim Thome

    Even I can’t distort this quote from Ruben Amaro into a full-blown Best Shape of His Life post, but it’s close — more of a “best shape of the decade” thing — and it is notable all the same.  From Jon Paul Morosi: “Our medical people are surprised at the shape he’s in,” Amaro said.…

  17. Vicente Padilla: “erect, proud, shining, and solid”

    Jan 2, 2012, 3:12 PM EST

    Padilla_Vicente

    This is actually a Best Shape of His Life story, but I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to use that phrase as a headline. It comes from a story by Osman Rosales Cruz at El Nuevo Diario in Nicaragua, where Vicente Padilla is plying his trade this winter. And it’s a thorough tongue-bathing.  Thanks a million to Nick…

  18. The top ten HBT posts of 2011

    Dec 21, 2011, 11:31 AM EST

    Alex Rodriguez and Cameron Diaz

    Gleeman and I spend a lot of time chatting during the day, and one of the few recurring topics of conversation that doesn’t involve Coen Brothers movies is the correlation between meaningful stories and stories that get a lot of traffic. While we don’t set out to write about things that will make people click…

  19. Dmitri Young is making a comeback

    Dec 5, 2011, 9:38 PM EST

    Dmitri Young AP

    Yesterday it was Manny, today it’s Da Meat Hook. Dmitri Young is in attendance at the Winter Meetings in Dallas and word from multiple baseball scribes is that he is in the best shape of his life. Really. According to Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com, he has lost 70 pounds (!) and is hoping to make…

  20. Pablo Sandoval won’t play in Venezuelan Winter League

    Dec 3, 2011, 8:45 AM EST

    Pablo Sandoval

    According to Andrew Baggarly of the San Francisco Chronicle, Pablo Sandoval won’t play for his hometown Navegantes de Magallanes in the Venezuelan Winter League. While the Giants initially cleared him to play in 10 games, he will now participate in the Home Run Derby and visit for a few days with family and friends before returning…

  21. CC Sabathia willing to lose weight

    Nov 1, 2011, 10:00 AM EST

    CC Sabathia

    It was reported last winter that CC Sabathia lost 30 pounds simply by cutting Captain Crunch out of his diet. No, really. Of course, anyone who watched Sabathia pitch this year — especially in the second half — could not help but notice that the Yankees’ ace was not exactly in the best shape of…

  22. Instant classic: the Red Sox had “nutritional issues”

    Oct 7, 2011, 9:15 AM EST

    Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Josh Beckett reacts after striking out Tampa Bay Rays John Jaso to end the top of sixth inning of their MLB American League baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston

    Red Sox owner John Henry gave a press conference this morning summing up the team’s problems down the stretch, talking about Terry Francona’s departure and all of that stuff.  We’ll have more on that later this morning, but for now I am preoccupied with one particular thing he said. When asked about the team’s conditioning…

  23. The Giants are very much interested in bringing Carlos Beltran back

    Sep 29, 2011, 5:00 PM EST

    beltran scores getty

    On this day of rest, let us take a sneak peak at what basically every post on HBT will look like between November and February: Andrew Baggarly reports that Brian Sabean and Bruce Bochy have already reached out to Scott Boras “to let him know the Giants are very much interested” in re-signing Carlos Beltran.…

  24. Ronnie Belliard to retire after one final game tonight

    Jun 14, 2011, 5:56 PM EST

    Ronnie Belliard turns a double play

    Veteran infielder Ronnie Belliard said Tuesday that tonight’s game for the Phillies’ Triple-A Lehigh Valley affiliate will be his last and that he’s going to retire. Belliard signed a minor league deal with the Phillies after failing to make the Yankees out of spring training this year.  He played in 82 games with the Dodgers…

  25. Francoeur returns to form

    May 27, 2011, 3:00 PM EST

    Kansas City Royals Photo Day

    That’s the headline of this later-than-usual “Jeff Francoeur has figured it all out and is kicking butt and taking names” story from Stan McNeal at the Sporting News.  I mean, we’ve come to expect them when Francoeur gets off to his usual fast start following a chance of scenery, but late May is certainly an…

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