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  1. Former closer David Aardsma to throw a showcase for teams on Monday

    Jan 31, 2015, 11:25 AM EDT

    David Aardsma AP

    Aardsma pitched exclusively in the Cardinals minor league system last year, but he’s hoping to get back on the radar in 2015.

  2. Jered Weaver packed on 25 pounds during the offseason

    Jan 26, 2015, 10:15 AM EDT

    Jered Weaver AP

    “I don’t know if my metabolism is slowing down from getting older or what, but I feel good.”

  3. Nick Swisher has lost 15 pounds during the off-season

    Jan 23, 2015, 7:20 PM EDT

    Nick Swisher

    Is it possible that Nick Swisher could be… in the best shape of his life?

  4. Joe Nathan: “I don’t want people thinking that I’m done”

    Jan 23, 2015, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Nathan is under contract for $10 million in 2015.

  5. Oh, look, we’re back to “The Yankees should try to void A-Rod’s contract” land again

    Nov 6, 2014, 10:30 AM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v New York Yankees

    It’s only 10:30 AM and it’s already been a banner day for A-Rod overreactions.

  6. Alex Rodriguez is “working out like a fiend”

    Nov 6, 2014, 9:24 AM EDT

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    But is he . . .in The Best Shape of His Life?

  7. CC Sabathia to have season-ending surgery on Tuesday

    Jul 18, 2014, 5:11 PM EDT

    CC Sabathia

    Call it two lost years for Sabathia now.

  8. White Sox designate Scott Downs for assignment

    Jun 27, 2014, 10:15 AM EDT

    Scott Downs White Sox

    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.”

  9. The Home Run Summer of ’54

    Mar 31, 2014, 3:15 PM EDT

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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.

  10. And now something non-snarky about player weight

    Feb 25, 2014, 12:30 PM EDT

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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…

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

    Feb 25, 2014, 8:50 AM EDT

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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…

  12. Mike Moustakas almost has an offseason BINGO

    Feb 3, 2014, 8:46 AM EDT

    Mike Moustakas

    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…

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

    Jan 26, 2014, 11:40 AM EDT

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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,…

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

    Jan 26, 2014, 10:44 AM EDT

    Prince Fielder

    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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

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

    Sep 27, 2013, 11:19 AM EDT

    Josh Hamilton Getty

    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…

  18. 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,…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

  21. 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…

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

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