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

    Feb 19, 2013, 3:00 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Feb 19, 2013, 11:02 AM EDT


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

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

    Feb 15, 2013, 5:38 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Feb 14, 2013, 3:45 PM EDT

    Carlos Quentin Getty

    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…

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

    Feb 13, 2013, 2:49 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Feb 12, 2013, 2:49 PM EDT

    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,…

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

    Feb 11, 2013, 2:49 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Feb 10, 2013, 10:02 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Feb 8, 2013, 5:47 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Feb 7, 2013, 10:41 AM EDT


    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.

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

    Feb 4, 2013, 8:24 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Feb 1, 2013, 7:29 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Jan 30, 2013, 11:19 AM EDT

    moreland getty

    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…

  14. Albert Pujols is in The Best Shape of His Life

    Jan 29, 2013, 6:18 AM EDT

    Albert Pujols

    Well, “in years,” but I think the “wedge” part makes this qualify: Those who saw Albert at Stan’s funeral insist Pujols looks in best shape in years. A wedge. — Joe Strauss (@JoeStrauss) January 28, 2013   Pujols is an all-time great already, but given his slow start last year — and slow finish, followed…

  15. John Lackey is in The Best Shape of His Life, Part Two

    Jan 26, 2013, 3:07 PM EDT

    lackey face

    We heard the other day that John Lackey may very well be in The Best Shape of His Life.  Now we have greater confirmation! . @middlebrooks also telling us we won’t recognize John Lackey. Says he’s in best shape of his career. #RedSoxTalk — Trenni Kusnierek (@trenni) January 26, 2013 Really, though. What would it…

  16. John Lackey is in The Best Shape of His Life

    Jan 23, 2013, 10:00 AM EDT

    john lackey getty

    Spring inches closer … Red Sox manager John Farrell said you won’t recognize John Lackey because he’s in such great shape. Lackey returns from Tommy J surgery. — Nick Cafardo (@nickcafardo) January 23, 2013 This should make it hard to know if it’s actually Lackey on the mound. Hopefully we’ll be able to recognize him…

  17. CC Sabathia is in The Best Shape of His Life

    Jan 20, 2013, 2:41 PM EDT

    sabathia getty

    We’ll have to get Craig in here on Monday to make sure this one qualifies:     Sabathia posted a 3.38 ERA and 1.14 WHIP across 28 starts last season, fanning 197 batters in 200 innings. The 32-year-old lefty underwent elbow surgery in October but is expected to be recovered by Opening Day. The Yankees…

  18. Javier Vazquez is in The Best Shape of his Life

    Jan 16, 2013, 6:18 AM EDT

    javier vazquez getty

    This is five days old. I know, I feel like I fell down on the job too. Still, as long as it didn’t go completely overlooked, I suppose we’re OK. Alex Cora, manager of Javier Vazquez‘s winter league team, commenting on his pitcher: “He’s been great,” Cora said. “Right now, he’s the Javy Vazquez who…

  19. Hanley Ramirez is in The Best Shape of His Life

    Dec 17, 2012, 4:51 PM EDT

    Hanley Ramirez

    This comes straight from the team president, so it’s an extremely official BSOHL: Stan Kasten President of the Dodgers told us that Hanley Ramirez “is in the best shape of his life” according to their reports #SXM — JIM BOWDEN (@JimBowdenESPNxm) December 16, 2012   Thanks to the many people who brought that to my…

  20. Neil Walker is in The Best Shape of His Life

    Dec 7, 2012, 1:51 PM EDT

    Neil Walker AP

    Man, this is two days old! The things I miss at the Winter Meetings. From Tom Singer’s report at According to the GM, [Neil] Walker “is getting close to getting into his [regular] offseason routine after a great rehab program … The rehab went really well, and he’s worked his tail off and looks forward…

  21. Derek Jeter is not in The Best Shape of His Life

    Nov 30, 2012, 9:11 AM EDT

    Mr. Creosote

    God love the New York Post. They got a paparazzi photo of Derek Jeter not looking his best yesterday, and ran it with the headline “Derek Jeter packing on the pounds during recovery.” It ain’t exactly newsworthy, but it’s fun and I’m pretty OK with fun being the threshold for most things sports-related, especially on November 30. But…

  22. Ryan Howard is in the Best Shape of His Life

    Nov 6, 2012, 6:48 AM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Philadelphia Phillies

    Man, it’s starting early this year. Take it away Ruben Amaro: Amaro said Ryan Howard’s offseason conditioning program has already shown results. “I think he’s lost a significant amount of weight, which bodes well for him,” the GM said. Good for Howard. And good for Amaro for making it safe for all general managers and…

  23. Carlos Quentin is planning to get into the Best Shape Of His Life

    Oct 17, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    carlos quentin getty

    We’re months away from tracking all the “Best Shape Of His Life” players, but here’s a new twist: Carlos Quentin is planning to get into the Best Shape Of His Life this offseason. Quentin played just 86 games this season due knee problems that required one surgery in March and another surgery two weeks ago.…

  24. Matt Cain is in The Best Shape of His Life

    Apr 2, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT


    This is the latest BSOHL I have ever witnessed, but this is an unequivocal case. As we’ve noted, Matt Cain has set a Friday deadline for contract extension talks with the Giants. As recently as the other day he said that there was nothing really happening. Now Andrew Baggarly of reports that “the volume of…

  25. Nick Swisher is in The Best Shape of His Life

    Mar 14, 2012, 9:13 AM EDT

    Nick Swisher

    This has to be the last one of these, right? Games are being played. Pitchers are going more than two innings. Clearly we’re past the point where feature articles are being written about ballplayers rededicating themselves and all of that, right? Oh well, for now at least, here’s the last one: Nick Swisher: Yet few…

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