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  1. Scott Downs is in The Best Shape of His Life

    Jan 8, 2014, 7:24 AM EST


    New White Sox reliever Scott Downs may be getting up there in years, but Chicago has a great physical specimen to work with. Here’s Downs, talking to “I’m in the best shape of my life the last couple of years, and if my arm holds up, I still feel like I can go out…

  2. Starlin Castro is getting into The Best Shape Of His Life

    Dec 10, 2013, 10:47 AM EST

    Starlin Castro Getty

    Add another name to the list, as Carrie Muskat of reports that Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro is getting into The Best Shape Of His Life: The Cubs are making sure shortstop Starlin Castro reports to Spring Training in better shape. The team assigned strength and conditioning coach Tim Buss to the Dominican Republic to…

  3. Buster Posey is going to be in the Best Shape of His Life next season

    Dec 10, 2013, 8:11 AM EST

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    A true sign that the Winter Meetings are snoozeville: we’re already seeing January BSOHL stories. Case in point, Buster Posey, who is lifting weights and stuff: When the Giants training staff checked in with Buster Posey recently, the former National League MVP had a goal in mind. “He’s trying to get a little stronger in…

  4. Jeff Francoeur’s eyes are in the best shape of his life

    Dec 9, 2013, 12:53 PM EST

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    According to’s Ken Rosenthal, free agent Jeff Francouer recently had LASIK surgery and has decided to go to a lighter bat in an attempt to salvage his career. The soon-to-be 30-year-old Francoeur finished last season out of the league after being let go by the Giants in late August. On the heels of a…

  5. Matt Harrison is in The Best Shape Of His Life

    Nov 14, 2013, 11:49 AM EST

    Kansas City Royals v Texas Rangers

    We’re still three months from spring training, but after missing nearly all of this year following multiple back surgeries Rangers left-hander Matt Harrison is getting a head start on the annual Best Shape Of His Life rush: Via Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas: Harrison said he’s down to 240 pounds, a weight that he’d like…

  6. Mike Pelfrey is in The Best Shape of His Life … but I’m not sure how

    Mar 15, 2013, 10:31 AM EST

    Mike Pelfrey

    Mike Berardino of the Pioneer Press reports that Mike Pelfrey, who is on the comeback trail from Tommy John surgery, is down to 240 pounds from a previous 270, and that he’s doing it based on a lot of cardio. Imagine, then, what he’d be doing if he didn’t eat like this the night before…

  7. Joe Blanton is in The Best Shape of His Life

    Mar 12, 2013, 9:23 AM EST

    Joe Blanton

    When I was in Angels’ camp in Tempe a week ago Friday, I didn’t see Joe Blanton. I guess now we know why: When Joe Blanton takes the mound for the first time in Angel Stadium with his new team, fans who have been oblivious to his career since he left the Phils may be…

  8. Alberto Callaspo is NOT in The Best Shape of His Life

    Feb 26, 2013, 1:13 PM EST

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    For every 100 players who report to spring training in The Best Shape Of His Life one guy has to show up in sweatpants with Cheetos stains on them (or the equivalent). That’s the rule and Alberto Callaspo of the Angels was merely following it: Scioscia: Callaspo reported to camp 18-20 pounds above playing weight,…

  9. Jeff Francoeur is in The Best Shape of His Life

    Feb 25, 2013, 11:32 AM EST

    Jeff Francoeur

    He doesn’t utter the words, but when you have a story that spends multiple paragraphs on physical conditioning, change in diet and references to body fat percentage, all as a means of excusing last year’s poor performance and promising better performance in the coming year, you have captured the very essence of BSOHL. I’m not…

  10. Hunter Pence is in The Best Shape of His Life

    Feb 21, 2013, 8:24 AM EST

    Hunter Pence

    The Giants own Twitter feed says so: .@hunterpence‘s decision to eat like a “caveman” has him in the best shape of his career – [VIDEO] #GCast — San Francisco Giants (@SFGiants) February 21, 2013   Accompanying that is this video detailing Pence’s adherence to the paleo diet: As I’ve mentioned a couple of times, I’m…

  11. Roger Clemens throws batting practice to the Astros, is not in the Best Shape of His Life

    Feb 20, 2013, 1:03 PM EST

    Roger Clemens

    We’re all gonna go to hell to some extent after we retire. Many of us before. Roger Clemens is no exception: Roger Clemens in full uniform, awaiting to throw live BP. — Brian McTaggart (@brianmctaggart) February 20, 2013 And throw live BP he did. McTaggart has a report. The upshot: Clemens had fun, but…

  12. J.J. Putz is in The Best Shape of his Life

    Feb 20, 2013, 6:14 AM EST

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    We already knew that Trevor Cahill was, but add J.J. Putz to the mix. For he, like Cahill, went gluten and dairy free: Best shapes of their lives! #Diamondbacks‘ J.J. Putz lost 17 lbs. and Trevor Cahill almost 15 after going to gluten-free, dairy-free diets. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) February 20, 2013   I’m having…

  13. Carlos Gomez is in The Best Shape of His Life

    Feb 19, 2013, 3:00 PM EST

    Milwaukee Brewers Photo Day

    Man, we got actual professional beat reporters hipping us to these things now. We should spin this feature off to BSOHLTalk: Hey @craigcalcaterra! Carlos Gomez says, “Right now I’m in the best shape, ever, in my career.” — Adam McCalvy (@AdamMcCalvy) February 19, 2013   He’s always been in pretty good shape. But if he’s…

  14. Dusty Baker may be in The Best Shape of His Life

    Feb 19, 2013, 11:02 AM EST


    At least his managerial life. This pic was taken on Saturday. Dude looks like he could cover right field today if he had to.

  15. Dan Uggla has no idea when he is truly in The Best Shape of His Life

    Feb 15, 2013, 5:38 PM EST

    Dan Uggla

    Here was David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution tweeting during spring training 2012: Meanwhile, #Braves 2B Dan Uggla, who already had Popeye arms, has even larger guns now after adding about 20 lbs through heavier lifting. — David O’Brien (@ajcbraves) February 21, 2012 Here is David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution tweeting today: #Braves 2B…

  16. As promised, Carlos Quentin is in The Best Shape of His Life

    Feb 14, 2013, 3:45 PM EST

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    Shortly after the season ended Padres outfielder Carlos Quentin vowed to get into The Best Shape of His Life in an effort to avoid the injuries that have plagued his career and guess what? He actually did it: Hoping to stay healthy, Carlos Quentin dropped 15 lbs, hired a chef to cook inflammation-fighting food, went…

  17. Ramon Hernandez is in The Best Shape of His Life

    Feb 13, 2013, 2:49 PM EST

    San Francisco Giants v Colorado Rockies

    This is good, because the “Best Shape of His Life” team can always use more catching depth: Biggest body transformation from last spring is catcher Ramon Hernandez. He’s roughly 20 lbs lighter. Dropped weight to ease burden on legs — Troy Renck (@TroyRenck) February 13, 2013 Hernandez was limited to just 52 games last season…

  18. Josh Hamilton is in The Best Shape of His Life

    Feb 12, 2013, 2:49 PM EST

    Josh Hamilton AP

    Josh Hamilton has a new team and a $125 million contract AND he’s the newest addition to the ever-expanding “Best Shape of His Life” roster. Mike Giovanna of the Los Angeles Times writes that Hamilton spent the offseason “juicing” fruits and vegetables on the way to losing 20-25 pounds. At 6-foot-4 he now weighs 225,…

  19. Homer Bailey is in The Best Shape of His Life (again)

    Feb 11, 2013, 2:49 PM EST

    Homer Bailey

    Add another name to the list, via John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer: Homer Bailey came in last year with about 10 pounds of added muscle. It worked pretty well, so added another 10 pounds or so this year. Bailey weighed in at 230. Bailey only carried 205 pounds on his 6-foot-4 frame when he…

  20. Mark Prior is in The Best Shape of His Life

    Feb 10, 2013, 10:02 AM EST

    Mark Prior throwing

    I read that long piece about Mark Prior over at the other day. It was good. But it was missing one key ingredient that this report from has: Prior, who has suffered multiple shoulder injuries, is in the best physical shape of his life, according to two people who have seen him. He has…

  21. Lance Lynn is in The Best Shape of His Life

    Feb 8, 2013, 5:47 PM EST

    Lance Lynn

    Add another name to the list, from Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch: Cardinals righthander Lance Lynn, who was challenged and helped by the club to improve his fitness level during the offseason, arrived at the team’s complex Friday with a tightened haircut, no beard, and a significantly slimmed-down frame. Teammates joked they…

  22. In case you didn’t believe that John Lackey was in The Best Shape of His Life

    Feb 7, 2013, 10:41 AM EST


    Sometimes BSOHL is baloney p.r.-speak designed to raise expectations. Sometimes it’s the truth. Pete Abraham shows us that it’s definitely the truth with John Lackey. Here’s John Lackey playing catch. #redsox… — Pete Abraham (@PeteAbe) February 7, 2013   Wow. Someone get that guy some nachos, stat.

  23. Vinnie Pestano is in The Best Shape of His Life

    Feb 4, 2013, 8:24 AM EST

    Vinnie Pestano

    Maybe! Ok now its baseball time. 1 more week!Best shape I’ve been in a long time…maybe ever. Can’t wait for Baseball back on Sportscenter #letsgo — Vinnie Pestano (@VinnieP52) February 4, 2013   Dude just had two really nice seasons no one outside of Cleveland noticed. If he really is in better shape is could…

  24. Jhonny Peralta is in The Best Shape of His Life

    Feb 1, 2013, 7:29 AM EST

    Jhonny Peralta

    The main point of BSOHL articles is to poke a bit of fun at the recurrence of a cliche that, until around last year anyway, most people didn’t realize was a cliche.  The secondary though related point was to observe that, as far as cliches go, it’s a kind of empty one inasmuch as the…

  25. Mitch Moreland is in The Best Shape Of His Life

    Jan 30, 2013, 11:19 AM EST

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    Add another name to the “Best Shape Of His Life” list, via Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas: Mitch Moreland showed up for one of his few public appearances with the Texas Rangers this offseason (at a Winter Caravan event on Tuesday night) looking fit and ready for spring training. Moreland said he’s lost 10 pounds…

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