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

    Jan 14, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

    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.…

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

    Jan 2, 2012, 3:12 PM EDT

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    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…

  3. The top ten HBT posts of 2011

    Dec 21, 2011, 11:31 AM EDT

    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…

  4. Dmitri Young is making a comeback

    Dec 5, 2011, 9:38 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Dec 3, 2011, 8:45 AM EDT

    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…

  6. CC Sabathia willing to lose weight

    Nov 1, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Oct 7, 2011, 9:15 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Sep 29, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

    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.…

  9. Ronnie Belliard to retire after one final game tonight

    Jun 14, 2011, 5:56 PM EDT

    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…

  10. Francoeur returns to form

    May 27, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

    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…

  11. Astros announcer criticizes Lance Berkman in Houston return

    Apr 27, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

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    Lance Berkman returned to Houston yesterday for the first time since being traded by the Astros last season and was met with some pretty harsh criticism from local announcer Milo Hamilton. Appearing on a radio show, Hamilton rhetorically asked of Berkman: Why did you think it wasn’t necessary to get in shape your last couple…

  12. Another spring cliche: “we want to run more”

    Mar 18, 2011, 9:41 AM EDT

    Marco Scutaro, Jason Bartlett, Paul Emmel

    “Best shape of his life” is so last month.  “I’m just working on stuff, just trying to get my work in,” is old hat.  The new one — and it may not be new; I’m just noticing it now —  is “we’re gonna run some more.”  The Royals are saying it. The Pirates are saying it…

  13. Ken Rosenthal is beating the contraction drum again

    Feb 24, 2011, 8:28 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Tampa Bay Rays, Game 1

    Ken Rosenthal wrote a column today — or maybe it was yesterday; I told you that this mountain time stuff was weirding me out — in which he said he’s “hearing rumblings that certain big-market teams want to drop the A’s and Rays.”  Meaning contract them. Rosenthal then quickly proceeded to dismiss the contraction gambit…

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

    Feb 14, 2011, 5:35 PM EDT

    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…

  15. CC Sabathia has lost 30 pounds

    Feb 8, 2011, 5:32 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Jan 18, 2011, 2:19 AM EDT

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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…

  17. HBT Weekend Wrapup

    Jan 17, 2011, 6:24 AM EDT

    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!

  18. Pablo Sandoval is shrinking!

    Jan 16, 2011, 8:55 AM EDT

    sandoval tweet

    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. …

  19. Call off the Bartolo Colon watch

    Jan 10, 2011, 1:27 PM EDT

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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…

  20. Is Brad Penny Detroit-bound?

    Dec 17, 2010, 12:19 PM EDT

    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…

  21. Your Prince Fielder Photo of the Day

    Dec 15, 2010, 1:29 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Nov 2, 2010, 3:59 PM EDT

    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,…

  23. Fergie Jenkins thinks Zambrano got too skinny

    May 11, 2010, 10:17 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Mar 26, 2010, 8:55 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Feb 23, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

    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.…

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