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  1. Jaime Garcia is in the best shape of his life

    Jan 16, 2012, 8:56 AM EST

    St Louis Cardinals v Houston Astros

    The Cardinals’ version of the offseason festival/fan interest thing is called the Winter Warm-up.  It went down over the weekend and Christine Coleman of the Aaron Miles‘ Fastball blog was there. She overheard Jaime Garcia dropping BSOML bombs: “There’s always room to get better. But I am excited to get two full years under my…

  2. Miguel Tejada is in the best shape of his life

    Jan 5, 2012, 12:28 PM EST

    Miguel Tejada

    Jon Heyman on Twitter: miguel tejada is training in miami w/ legendary workout guru pete bommarito. looking for comeback. word is, he looks great Tejada turns 38 in May. Last year he hit .239/.270/.326 with four home runs and 26 RBI in 322 at-bats. The Giants released him. Repeat: the Giants, who couldn’t collectively hit water…

  3. Aubrey Huff is in the best shape of his life

    Jan 4, 2012, 8:20 AM EST

    San Francisco Giants v St. Louis Cardinals

    The Giants called out Aubrey Huff after his miserable 2011 season was over, saying that their big money first baseman was out of shape.  Huff has responded thusly: “I think I’m preparing a lot better this offseason as far as Pilates. I’m feeling physically better this year. I know I’m making a lot of money to go…

  4. Carlos Zambrano is in the best shape of his life

    Dec 14, 2011, 8:00 AM EST

    zambrano getty wid

    Our friend Nick Collias of MLBTR has been reading the Venezuelan newspapers and he passes along word from Joiner Martinez at Líder en Deportes that Carlos Zambrano is either (a) getting into the best shape of his life; or (b) getting ready to fight Ivan Drago in Moscow on Christmas Day: “I’m preparing like when I…

  5. Yonder Alonso is in–you guessed it–the best shape of his life

    Dec 1, 2011, 11:51 AM EST

    Alonso_Yonder

    Add another name to the ever-growing “best shape of my life” list. John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer caught up with Yonder Alonso today and reports that the Reds prospect has lost about 18 pounds already this offseason. Alonso hired a personal chef and switched up his workout routine in order to prepare for potential…

  6. Mark Teixeira is in the best shape of his life

    Nov 30, 2011, 3:30 PM EST

    teixeira getty

    This doesn’t quite qualify as a BSOML story because he didn’t use the magic words, but at this time of the year I’ll accept any story that leads with weight loss and conditioning. Mark Teixeira: Mark Teixeira says that he is already about 10 pounds lighter thanks to diet and exercise, but what the Yankees…

  7. Dmitri Young was in the best shape of his life but got released by his Venezuelan team anyway

    Nov 29, 2011, 2:04 PM EST

    Dmitri Young AP

    I was so excited last month when we got a Dmitri Young sighting. Not only was he playing baseball and talking comeback, but he was … in the best shape of his life. Sadly, the party seems to be over. Via the translation services of our friend Nick Collias comes a report from Ignacio Serrano of…

  8. Come February, Phil Hughes may be in the best shape of his life

    Nov 14, 2011, 10:31 AM EST

    Phil Hughes

    Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York notes that the Yankees weren’t pleased with Phil Hughes conditioning last year and are heartened that he appears to be taking steps to correct that heading into 2012: Phil Hughes didn’t show up to spring training grossly overweight last February, but he’d packed on enough pounds to end up in…

  9. Yoenis Cespedes is in the best shape of his life

    Nov 9, 2011, 1:40 PM EST

    Yoennis Cespedes

    It’s never too early to start my favorite offseason cliche. And today we have once from a guy who may be in the best shape of ten people’s lives: Yoenis Cespedes.  From Kevin Goldstein’s latest over at Baseball Prospectus, here’s the money quote from Cespedes’ advisor, Edgar Mercedes: “We wanted to show that he’s left…

  10. Dontrelle Willis is in the best shape of his life

    Jul 5, 2011, 8:48 AM EST

    dontrelle-willis-reds-spring

    Boy, it’s a rare treat to get a BSOHL story in July, but we have one! It’s Dontrelle Willis, who was scratched from his start down at AAA Louisville yesterday. The speculation was that he was going to get called up to Cincinnati to fill in for Bronson Arroyo, who was complaining of dizziness, but…

  11. We have a late “best shape of his life entry”

    Apr 5, 2011, 2:30 PM EST

    Floyd_Gavin

    Someone’s gonna catch hell for this. The guild does not like it when spring training stories slip into the regular season. It just totally screws up the whole deal: In Gavin Floyd‘s estimation, he ran into trouble before he stepped on the mound last season. During the day, Floyd would load up on carbohydrates and finish…

  12. Jim Leyland backtracks on Miguel Cabrera being in the best shape of his life

    Mar 11, 2011, 3:59 PM EST

    jim leyland

    You know, I’m beginning to think that you can’t necessarily take someone’s word for it when they say a player is in the best shape of his life. For example, Jim Leyland said that of Miguel Cabrera while he still stunk of scotch the morning of his DUI arrest. Now, however, he’s saying that may…

  13. Corey Hart was in the best shape of his life but he’s not anymore

    Mar 8, 2011, 2:00 PM EST

    corey-hart-brewers

    Joel Sherman of the New York Post had the tweet of the day earlier when he said that now is that time of the spring when all of those guys who said that they were in the best shape of their lives are breaking down. I literally lol’d. Tom Haudircourt has a concrete example of…

  14. Daisuke Matsuzaka is in the best shape of his life

    Mar 1, 2011, 9:11 AM EST

    Daisuke Matsuzaka

    Maureen Mullen of CSN New England reports! “In the past two years the condition, the overall condition was not excellent and was not to the point where I needed to be,” Matsuzaka said through interpreter Kenta Yamada. “So this year my goal will be to [in] better shape and be on the mound throughout the…

  15. Russell Martin has been in the best shape of his life since 2008

    Feb 25, 2011, 4:10 PM EST

    Russell Martin

    I thought that Jim Leyland’s claim that Miguel Cabrera was in the best shape of his life was the final nail in the coffin of my favorite spring training cliche.  It seems, however, that Russell Martin is truly the man who took the BSOML meme out back and beat it to death with a large…

  16. Update: Orlando Cabrera denies the report about him retiring after this year, says he’s in the best shape of his life

    Feb 22, 2011, 4:00 PM EST

    Orlando Cabrera, Jayson Werth

    UPDATE:  Call off the retirement party: Orlando Cabrera told the U.S. media today that the report in the Colombian newspaper was wrong and that he’s not going to retire after 2011.  And then — as if he was targeting me specifically — he said “I feel I can play for many years. I feel I’m…

  17. Miguel Cabrera is in the best shape of his life

    Feb 18, 2011, 9:19 AM EST

    Detroit Tigers v New York Yankees

    I swear: I am not joking. Someone just said that. And that someone was Jim Leyland

  18. Baseball player reports to camp in the fourth best shape of his life

    Feb 17, 2011, 4:34 PM EST

    Spring training

    I suppose a satire like this was inevitable.  I’m just sad that I didn’t think of it first: Seattle Mariners veteran catcher Miguel Olivo reported to training camp this week feeling as though he is already physically ready for the 2011 season. “I’m in the fourth best shape of my life,” said a sort of…

  19. Danny Valencia is in the best shape of his life

    Feb 15, 2011, 3:04 PM EST

    New York Yankees v Minnesota Twins, Game 2

    Actually, I’m thinking that Valencia is just trolling me here. From his Twitter feed: Just got done working out, best shape of my life!!! Now to the field! In other news, the USA Today Daily Pitch blog has begun tracking “best shape of his life” stories.  The more the merrier, but really USA Today: you…

  20. Joba Chamberlain is not in the best shape of his life

    Feb 9, 2011, 11:00 AM EST

    Joba chamberlain throwing

    UPDATE:  Erik Boland talked to Chamberlain.  Joba says his added weight is muscle, and is the result of adding a home gym this winter.  So there. 11:oo AM: CC Sabathia lost 30 pounds. If you believe this tweet from the Post’s Brian Costello a few minutes ago, Joba Chamberlain may have found some of them: Joba…

  21. Andres Torres is in the best shape of his life

    Feb 8, 2011, 12:26 PM EST

    Andres Torres swinging

    I’ve noticed that baseball writers are actually using the phrase “best shape of his life” less and less. Probably because it’s becoming a cliche.  But here the writers’ conscientiousness works against them! Yes, they are professional enough to quickly eshew cliche in their own writing, but they are also required by the same devotion to professionalism…

  22. Jim Tracy is in the best shape of his life

    Feb 8, 2011, 8:23 AM EST

    Colorado Rockies v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Well, maybe of his managerial life. Because, it seems, that his collapse at the Winter Meetings that threw a scare into everyone wasn’t the first time that’s happened to him.  According to Jannie McCauley of the Associated Press, Tracy has been having issues with dizziness and fatigue for several years, and the fainting down in Florida…

  23. Tommy Hanson is in the best shape of his life

    Feb 1, 2011, 11:35 AM EST

    Tommy Hanson

    The “Player X has added Y pounds of muscle” construction is closely related to the BSOML phenomenon.  Indeed, it is believed that that “muscle” and “shape” have similar roots in Indo-European etymology!* Don’t let the overgrown offseason beard fool you. Braves pitcher Tommy Hanson has been working hard this offseason, taking advantage of some new resources…

  24. Manny Ramirez is in the best shape of his life

    Jan 31, 2011, 9:12 AM EST

    Manny Ramirez

    This is a bit of a stretch. Neither he nor his agent used those words, and that’s normally what triggers this kind of post.  But this is fun anyway: Marc Topkin, who covers the Rays for the St. Pete Times, waited for Manny Ramirez as he arrived at the Tampa airport last night: He was…

  25. Pedro Alvarez is not in the best shape of his life

    Jan 28, 2011, 11:34 AM EST

    Pedro Alvarez

    Pedro, Pedro, Pedro: It will take a big man to carry the Pirates offense next season, but not quite as big as Pedro Alvarez happens to be at the moment, apparently. Alvarez has put on a few pounds this off-season, and more than one team official isn’t thrilled about it. At last report, the third…

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