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  1. 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…

  2. 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 MLB.com: 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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.…

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

    Apr 2, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT

    cain_matt

    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 CSNBayArea.com reports that “the volume of…

  7. 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…

  8. Jose Valverde is in The Best Shape of His Life

    Mar 9, 2012, 9:17 AM EDT

    Jose Valverde

    Via our friend Nick Collias comes the translation of an interview Tigers closer Jose Valverde gave to Mañana Deportiva on Dominican radio the other day. Valverde has lost weight.  And he has a nice description of Prince Fielder: “I lost 40 pounds, because I was very obese.” “I had to undergo that process because I was…

  9. “Best Shape Of His Life” roster includes a blogger now too

    Mar 7, 2012, 1:21 PM EDT

    gleeman bsohl

    I don’t normally link to my personal blog here, mostly because I figure HBT readers are sick of me already, but since we’ve been poking so much fun at all the players reporting to spring training in the “Best Shape Of His Life” it only seems right for me to join the BSOHL party: How…

  10. Brandon Inge is in The Best Shape of His Life

    Mar 7, 2012, 9:12 AM EDT

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

    You’d figure that with the games beginning and there being actual baseball stuff to talk about that BSOHL stories would have stopped by now, but they still keep trickling in. To wit: Peter Gammons on Tigers second baseman (I suppose) Brandon Inge: Inge worked out all winter in Ann Arbor, Mich., doing mixed martial arts…

  11. Francisco Cordero is NOT in The Best Shape Of His Life

    Mar 5, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

    Toronto Blue Jays' Cordero throws against the Pittsburgh Pirates during their MLB Grapefruit League baseball game in Bradenton

    Maybe it’s just a bad angle or some weird lighting or whatever, but after looking at this picture of Francisco Cordero it’s safe to say we finally found a player who didn’t report to spring training in The Best Shape Of His Life. Those giant eyes staring at him in the background seem awfully judgmental.…

  12. Darwin Barney is in The Best Shape of His Life

    Mar 2, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

    Pittsburgh Pirates v Chicago Cubs

    Or the freakiest. Guy is like 5’10”. How this can work is somewhat perplexing: Cubs second baseman Darwin Barney put on 20 pounds of muscle over the winter to try to avoid the second-half slump he experienced last year in his first full season. “I’m a little bit overwhelmed from watching him (while coaching in Milwaukee),” manager Dale Sveum said.…

  13. Shin-Soo Choo is probably in The Best Shape of His Life

    Feb 29, 2012, 4:59 PM EDT

    Cleveland Indians photo day

    So Shin-Soo Choo had a bad year.  So he goes back home to South Korea and his doctor, he suggested taking one these uh, aggression training courses. You know these aggression training courses like EST, those type of things? Anyway, it cost 400 bucks! 400 bucks to join this thing? Well he didn’t have the…

  14. Davey Johnson is not in The Best Shape of His Life, but he’s preparing for it

    Feb 29, 2012, 12:36 PM EDT

    Washington Nationals v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    The Nationals manager may be 69 years-old, but if Danny Espinosa can’t play, it’s go-time: This spring, Johnson brought a cup and jock strap. It’s hanging up in his locker right now … On Tuesday, a representatives from Dinger bats came through the Nationals clubhouse. Johnson sat down with him and asked, “Do you guys make…

  15. Kurt Suzuki was in The Best Shape of His Life … last year

    Feb 27, 2012, 3:30 PM EDT

    Kurt Suzuki

    Kurt Suzuki has added 15 pounds and talks to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle about how that extra muscle is going to help keep him from getting fatigued and stuff.  Is he … in the BSOHL?  No! That was last year: Last year at this time, Suzuki felt he was in the best…

  16. Matt Diaz is in The Best Shape of His Life

    Feb 27, 2012, 1:30 PM EDT

    Pirates Braves Trade

    Maybe. It’s possible Matt Diaz was in better shape years ago with the Royals or something, but this story has all the hallmarks of a BSOHL story: struggling player with a weakening hold on a major league job + big weight loss and optimistic talk. Take it away Dave O’Brien of the AJC: After seeing his slugging…

  17. Bryan LaHair is in The Best Shape of His Life

    Feb 23, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT

    Bryan LaHair

    Bryan LaHair was the MVP of the Pacific Coast League last year.  Yes, Iowa is in the Pacific Coast League. Just let it go. But he’s not content to rest on those laurels. He’s cranking it to 11, BSOHL-style! “I’m about as ready as I can be,” he said. “I’m probably in the best shape…

  18. Mat Gamel is in The Best Shape of His Life

    Feb 21, 2012, 2:02 PM EDT

    mat gamel brewers

    Tom Haudricourt is in Brewers camp, and he spoke with the man who is tasked with replacing Prince Fielder: Mat Gamel. What say you, Mat? Feel up to the task? Gamel is focused on the opportunity at hand to replace Prince Fielder. “I’m in the best shape of my life. I’m excited about my opportunity.”…

  19. Brett Cecil is in The Best Shape of His Life; quotes Bruce Lee

    Feb 21, 2012, 8:20 AM EDT

    Brett Cecil, Scott Richmond

    Rumors of Blue Jays pitcher Brett Cecil‘s weight loss have floated around all winter, but today the Globe and Mail has a full report on it. And, unlike a lot of the BSOHL stories, this one is damn definitive and pretty impressive: Cecil has gone from 252 pounds last season to 219.  Which, on a…

  20. Danny Valencia is in The Best Shape of His Life

    Feb 20, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT

    Valencia_Danny

    From La Velle Neal of the Star-Tribune, reporting from Fort Myers this morning: I headed over to the other side of the clubhouse, where Danny Valencia dresses. Get your urban dictionaries out, because Valencia wants everyone to know he’s “yoked,” this year. He weighs about the same as he did last season but says it’s…

  21. Chris Davis is in The Best Shape of His Life

    Feb 20, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    chris davis getty

    Yesterday pitchers and catchers reported. Today is the first day of full workouts. It also means that the beat reporters are hanging around locker rooms again which, in turn, means many more opportunities for us to get updates on the sort of shape the ballplayers are in.  Like this: First “best shape of my life”…

  22. Brandon McCarthy is in The Best Shape of His Life

    Feb 18, 2012, 6:41 PM EDT

    Brandon McCarthy

    It’s not often that we have original news here. Scoops and such.  But I can report to you — exclusively — that A’s starter Brandon McCarthy is in The Best Shape of His Life. I know this because he told me himself: @craigcalcaterra just fyi, I’m in the best shape of my life. Thought you…

  23. Michael Pineda is NOT in The Best Shape Of His Life

    Feb 17, 2012, 4:26 PM EDT

    Michael Pineda

    For every 10,000 or so players who arrive at spring training amid reports that they’re in the best shape of their life there’s someone for whom the opposite is true. Today that someone is new Yankees right-hander Michael Pineda, according to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com: #Yankees RHP Michael Pineda said he reported to camp around…

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

    Feb 17, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT

    sabathia reuters

    Last year’s story about CC Sabathia giving up Cap’n Crunch and losing weight was red herring. Sabathia wasn’t really in the best shape of his life last season. Especially late in the season when he seemed to be back on the Crunch. And maybe lots of pizza and stuff. But Buster Olney reports that we…

  25. It’s possible, but not certain, that Geovany Soto is in The Best Shape of His Life

    Feb 16, 2012, 5:40 PM EDT

    Giants Cubs Baseball

    I have to put a caveat on this report from Carrie Muskat at MLB.com: It’s all a matter of balance for Cubs catcher Geovany Soto. He’s working on better balance in his diet, which should help Soto keep off the 25 pounds he dropped this offseason. The caveat being that he lost 40 pounds prior to…

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