It’s a couple of days old, but this article about the sea change in clubhouse food (out: hot dogs, burgers, pizza and candy; in: lean meats and vegetables and stuff) is pretty interesting reading. The two most interesting things about it:
(1) that in an age where athletes are going to great lengths to monitor their health and optimize their performance, junk food in the clubhouse still remains, in large part, a given; and
(2) that being “the son of Barry Zito’s chiropractor” can get you a job cooking for the Giants. At this point one would think that any connection to Barry Zito would be a detriment, as opposed to an advantage, in trying to get the Giants to like you. I mean really, haven’t they already done him enough favors?
Unless . . . nah. Brian Sabean isn’t smart enough to pull off the old “your son gets a job in exchange for there being an ‘unfortunate complication’ during Zito’s next spinal adjustment” trick.
Corey Dickerson of the Tampa Bay Rays wasn’t a super huge guy or anything, but he’s going to be smaller this year: he told reporters today that he’s lost 25 pounds. He attributes it to a new diet and a workout regimen and says it’ll help him with his running, swing and throwing.
Dickerson had a down year in 2016, so if losing 25 pounds is something he thinks will work for him he’s got nothing to lose. Of course the best way for him to improve his numbers is to convince the Rays to trade him back to Colorado, but that’s not likely.
As I note every spring, “Best Shape of His Life” stories aren’t really about players being in The Best Shape of Their Lives. They’re about players and agents seeking to create positive stories.
We know this because the vast majority of Best Shape of His Life claims are about guys who were either injured the season before, guys who had subpar years the season before or players whose conditioning was a point of controversy the season before. These folks, or their agents + reporters who have little if nothing to write about in the offseason = BSOHL.
James McCann hurt his ankle last season and had a subpar year at the plate. So not only is he a perfect BSOHL candidate, he went old school with the claim and hit it right on the money, verbatim:
Spring training is less than a month away, folks!