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  1. White Sox designate Scott Downs for assignment

    Jun 27, 2014, 10:15 AM EST

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    Veteran reliever Scott Downs was designated for assignment by the White Sox in a move that Dan Dayes of CSNChicago.com says came “much to the dismay of his teammates.”

  2. The Home Run Summer of ’54

    Mar 31, 2014, 3:15 PM EST

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    Joe Posnanski tells the story of the man who hit .400 with 72 homers in The Home Run Summer of ’54.

  3. And now something non-snarky about player weight

    Feb 25, 2014, 12:30 PM EST

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    We laugh at the Best Shape of His Life reports and we shake our heads in confusion at how someone like Jesus Montero can’t seem to take care of himself. But despite its status as an amusing spring training evergreen, player weight it a big deal to them and their teams. Adam Kilgore wrote a…

  4. The Mets aren’t happy with Ruben Tejada’s conditioning; could push them toward Drew

    Feb 25, 2014, 8:50 AM EST

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    Ruben Tejada was supposed to have been up at some complex in Michigan this offseason getting into The Best Shape of His Life or something close to it. Kevin Kernan of the New York Post reports, however, that the Mets aren’t too happy with what they’re seeing: Ruben Tejada still isn’t working out for the…

  5. Mike Moustakas almost has an offseason BINGO

    Feb 3, 2014, 8:46 AM EST

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    We already heard that Mike Moustakas has lost weight and may be in the Best Shape of His Life. Now we hear that he’s been working on his swing, trying to learn to take the ball the other way. Use that third base/left field side. Good for him! Hope he improves because a productive Mike…

  6. Joba Chamberlain has lost 15 pounds, has discovered seafood

    Jan 26, 2014, 11:40 AM EST

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    As with Prince Fielder, I’m inclined to wait for something more than mere weight loss to declare a Best Shape of His Life. It requires the weight loss along with some declaration — implied or explicit — that superior performance is soon to follow. Or a suggestion that the shape is unprecedented or something. Sure,…

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

    Jan 26, 2014, 10:44 AM EST

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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…

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

    Jan 24, 2014, 5:20 PM EST

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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…

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

    Jan 15, 2014, 3:00 PM EST

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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…

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

    Sep 27, 2013, 11:19 AM EST

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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…

  11. Yankees School of Witchcraft and Wizardry

    May 14, 2013, 9:28 AM EST

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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,…

  12. How the Nationals use analytics

    Mar 28, 2013, 10:00 AM EST

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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…

  13. The Unbeatable Kansas City Royals

    Mar 6, 2013, 9:23 AM EST

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    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…

  14. Youk As Yank: Just kind of weird

    Feb 26, 2013, 11:52 AM EST

    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…

  15. NBC Sports welcomes Joe Posnanski

    Feb 22, 2013, 9:00 AM EST

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    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…

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

    Feb 14, 2013, 11:51 AM EST

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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…

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

    Feb 12, 2013, 11:51 AM EST

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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…

  18. Brett Anderson has got the right idea

    Jan 30, 2013, 4:45 PM EST

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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…

  19. Javier Vazquez to have knee surgery on Wednesday

    Jan 28, 2013, 5:43 PM EST

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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…

  20. Chris Sale is bulking up

    Jan 25, 2013, 5:00 PM EST

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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.…

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

    Jan 16, 2013, 9:20 AM EST

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    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…

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

    Dec 3, 2012, 10:18 AM EST

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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…

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

    Nov 20, 2012, 11:32 AM EST

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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…

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

    Nov 10, 2012, 11:45 AM EST

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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…

  25. How did the BSOHL guys do in 2012?

    Oct 29, 2012, 12:03 PM EST

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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…

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