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  1. Prince Fielder has dropped weight; Adrian Beltre predicts he’ll win the MVP

    Jan 26, 2014, 10:44 AM EDT

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    It’s premature to call this a Best Shape of His Life report — we need a bit more — but be it known that Prince Fielder is officially on BSOHL watch: He has dropped weight. He has dumped the dreadlocks in favor of a high-and-tight haircut. He will move into the featured No. 3 spot…

  2. Play of the Day: Pablo Sandoval is looking spry at third base

    Jan 24, 2014, 5:20 PM EDT

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    There’s baseball going on down in Venezuela. And Pablo Sandoval — who is on his second tour of Best Shape of His Life Status — is picking it at third base. Check this out: He’s been rather cagey about how much weight he’s lost, but I cant’ remember seeing the Panda make that kind of…

  3. Pablo Sandoval is a hunk a hunk of burnin’ love

    Jan 15, 2014, 3:00 PM EDT

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    Last night it was reported that Pablo Sandoval had lost 42 pounds. Today Sandoval said that he has not told anyone how much weight he has lost, but that he will do so when he gets to spring training. Kinda doesn’t matter what the numbers are. Get a load of this: This picture is from…

  4. Josh Hamilton: “There’s something to say about having a little extra butt on you”

    Sep 27, 2013, 11:19 AM EDT

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    It turns out sometimes a ballplayer getting into The Best Shape Of His Life isn’t such a good thing, as Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com writes about Josh Hamilton: Last offseason, he started a natural-juice diet–or “lifestyle change,” as he calls it–and entered at an estimated 227 pounds, roughly 20 pounds lighter than normal. For next…

  5. Yankees School of Witchcraft and Wizardry

    May 14, 2013, 9:28 AM EDT

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    Every now and again — well, let’s face it, pretty much every day now — I get another email telling me that Vernon Wells — Vernon Bleepin’ Wells — just got another two hits with another homer with another three RBIs and so on. The emails are from Michael Schur, Parks and Recreation executive producer,…

  6. How the Nationals use analytics

    Mar 28, 2013, 10:00 AM EDT

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    Setting aside how old it makes me feel to hear that a team employee read Tom Tango’s “The Book” “while growing up,” these two stories — here and here — from Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post is a fascinating peek into how the Washington Nationals — a team always characterized as “scouting-first” use advanced…

  7. The Unbeatable Kansas City Royals

    Mar 6, 2013, 9:23 AM EDT

    Eric Hosmer

    SURPRISE, Ariz. — When I was columnist for The Kansas City Star, I would write an annual column where I predicted the Kansas City Royals to win the division. It wasn’t quite an inside joke … and it certainly wasn’t a serious prediction. It was, instead, my best effort to capture a little bit of…

  8. Youk As Yank: Just kind of weird

    Feb 26, 2013, 11:52 AM EDT

    New York Yankees infielder Youkilis takes batting practice during a workout at the team's MLB spring training complex at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Florida.

    Hey, it’s my first post on Hardball Talk. Very exciting. I still cannot believe that Calcaterra and Gleeman didn’t save the “Jeff Francoeur is in the best shape of his life” post for me. Kevin Youkilis plays for the New York Yankees now. I’m not typing those words as a fact. I’m typing those words…

  9. NBC Sports welcomes Joe Posnanski

    Feb 22, 2013, 9:00 AM EDT

    Joe Posnanski

    And now it’s my privilege to introduce NBC Sports’ latest addition, even if he’s a man who needs no introduction around here: welcome aboard, Joe Posnanski. Joe’s track record is well known. He comes to NBC from Sports on Earth. Before that he wrote for Sports Illustrated and before that, for many years, the Kansas…

  10. Grant Balfour needs knee surgery, out 4-6 weeks

    Feb 14, 2013, 11:51 AM EDT

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    How quickly spring training shifts from the “Best Shape of His Life” stage to the “Players Being Injured” stage. A’s closer Grant Balfour will miss 4-6 weeks following surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee, which apparently bothered him at the end of last season and then continued to be an issue…

  11. Tigers bring in “baserunning consultant” to get Austin Jackson running more

    Feb 12, 2013, 11:51 AM EDT

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    In an effort to get center fielder Austin Jackson to steal more bases the Tigers have brought Jeff Cox to spring training as a “baserunning consultant.” Jim Leyland explained the plan to Tom Gage of the Detroit News: I’m not being critical, because I don’t mean for it to be critical, but with Jackson, it’s…

  12. Brett Anderson has got the right idea

    Jan 30, 2013, 4:45 PM EDT

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    I don’t know if A’s pitcher Brett Anderson is truly in The Best Shape of His Life, but he is definitely thinking like he is.  Check out his new Twitter header. Why, it’s the Official BSOHL logo, created by our friend James Tyree last February:   I predict a line of 24-2, 1.15 ERA and…

  13. Javier Vazquez to have knee surgery on Wednesday

    Jan 28, 2013, 5:43 PM EDT

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    Wait, I thought Javier Vazquez was supposed to be in the Best Shape of His Life?  How does this fit into that? Javier Vazquez is getting right menisus repaired on Wed by Dr. Kaplan, Marlins team ortho..expected to be throwing 100% in 2-3 weeks — JIM BOWDEN (@JimBowdenESPNxm) January 28, 2013   Thing is, Vazquez…

  14. Chris Sale is bulking up

    Jan 25, 2013, 5:00 PM EDT

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    In the days leading up to spring training you will hear a lot of stories about bulky guys losing weight or trying to get more flexible and a lot of stories about skinny guys bulking up. Yesterday there was a story about Dan Uggla that filled the former slot. This is the latter: Sale gaining weight offseason.…

  15. Signs of Spring: guys talking about their new batting stance

    Jan 16, 2013, 9:20 AM EDT

    Kevin Youkilis

    Best Shape of His Life stuff is a clear sign that we’re in the offseason, but an actual harbinger of spring is this kind of thing: Interviewed Youkilis on Tues. He will revamp stance in 2013. Hands will be lower, legs will be wider apart and he’ll be in more of crouch. — Jack Curry…

  16. Reports of Derek Jeter’s fatness were greatly exaggerated

    Dec 3, 2012, 10:18 AM EDT

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    On Friday Derek Jeter appeared to not be in The Best Shape of His Life. Yesterday he hung out with Harold Reynolds, and he looks much skinnier. He’s clearly the beneficiary of the most intense two-day workout ever devised. Or, possibly, that was a bad picture of the guy last week. For now I’m going…

  17. Orioles prospect Kevin Gausman has had a stressful few days

    Nov 20, 2012, 11:32 AM EDT

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    Last week Hostess announced it was going to cease operations.  Yesterday, some hope emerged in the form of a judicially-ordered mediation, but it’s still unclear what will happen. It’s likely that even if Hostess liquidates, their brands and products will still live on with another company.  But that’s cold comfort for addicts.  Addicts like Orioles…

  18. One year removed from kidnapping, Wilson Ramos trying to focus on rehab from knee surgery

    Nov 10, 2012, 11:45 AM EDT

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    Yesterday marked the one-year anniversary of Wilson Ramos being kidnapped from his home in Venezuela. The harrowing ordeal has made an indelible imprint on his memory, but he told Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post yesterday that he’s much more focused on rehabbing his surgically-repaired right knee. “The truth is that I’m happy to be…

  19. How did the BSOHL guys do in 2012?

    Oct 29, 2012, 12:03 PM EDT

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    Each winter we keep tabs on which players — and sometimes which managers or even bloggers — report to spring training in The Best Shape of Their Lives.  Let’s see how the winter 2011-12 roster did compared to their 2011 seasons when, presumably, they were in terrible shape. Note: there may have been a few…

  20. And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

    Jul 17, 2012, 6:07 AM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Chris Tillman wipes sweat from his forehead during the first inning of the Orioles' MLB baseball game against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field in Minneapolis

    Twins 19, Orioles 7: This was a multifaceted butt-whupping, but it got started with Chris Tillman’s butt. Which is a shame considering that five short months ago he was in the Best Shape of His Life. All of those runs for the Twins despite hitting only one homer. It was a Gashouse Gorillas-style conga line…

  21. Former closer Chad Cordero wants to make a comeback

    Apr 30, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

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    Chad Cordero hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2010 and hasn’t been healthy and effective in the same season since 2007, but the former All-Star closer is apparently preparing for a comeback next year. Bill Ladson of MLB.com caught up with Cordero at yesterday’s Nationals-Dodgers game and reports that he’s “in great shape after losing…

  22. Blue Jays demote Brett Cecil to minors after rough spring

    Apr 3, 2012, 1:43 PM EDT

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    Brett Cecil led the Blue Jays with 15 wins in 2010 and has started 65 games in the majors, but now the 25-year-old left-hander is headed back to the minors following a rough spring training. Toronto let Cecil pick between going to Triple-A or Double-A and he opted for the lower level because Triple-A affiliate…

  23. Tigers place Brandon Inge on disabled list with groin injury

    Apr 3, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Brandon Inge came into spring training in The Best Shape Of His Life, but now he’s leaving camp on the disabled list with a strained groin. Because the DL stint is backdated he’ll be eligible to return on April 14 and Inge told Jason Beck of MLB.com that he expects to be ready by then,…

  24. Can Magic Johnson play third base?

    Mar 30, 2012, 11:18 PM EDT

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    Because Juan Uribe is looking pretty much cooked. Fresh off an inaugural season with the Dodgers in which he hit .204/.264/.293 with four homers in 270 at-bats, Uribe is batting .231/.286/.282 in 39 at-bats this spring. It’s also a safe guess he wasn’t the subject of any “best shape of his life” articles after reporting…

  25. Dusty Baker on Juan Francisco: “He’s got to stop eating”

    Mar 6, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

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    Francisco Cordero has some company on the “Not In The Best Shape Of His Life” team, apparently. Here’s what manager Dusty Baker told Mark Sheldon of MLB.com about Juan Francisco‘s calf injury and overall status in Reds camp: He’s got time but he’s behind. Part of that is if he had rehabbed properly in the…

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