Sam Page from Amazin’ Avenue nails the New York press to a freakin’ tree:
The best part is how these journalists created the players’ insidious
motives–by involving baseball. Because they’re not team players on the
field and in the clubhouse, it’s no surprise they fund Hamas and hunt
bald eagles in their spare time, all to get back at Fred Wilpon for
paying them hundreds of millions of dollars. The press created a story
to play on the universal sentiment that there are things greater than
baseball and money, but in doing so, completely trivialized something
important by unduly making it about baseball and money.
I’m with him 95%. I’ll just note, though, that there’s nothing wrong with hunting tasty, tasty bald eagles. The wild turkey should have been our national bird anyway.
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!