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Touring MLB’s 2011 leaderboards: the hitters

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American League

Batting average
1. Miguel Cabrera (Det): .344
2. Adrian Gonzalez (Bos): .338
3. Michael Young (Tex): .338

Home runs
1. Jose Bautista (Tor): 43
2. Curtis Granderson (NYY): 41
3. Mark Teixeira (NYY): 39

RBI
1. Curtis Granderson (NYY): 119
2. Robinson Cano (NYY): 118
3. Adrian Gonzalez (Bos): 117

Runs
1. Curtis Granderson (NYY): 136
2. Ian Kinsler (Tex): 121
3. Jacoby Ellsbury (Bos): 119

Steals
1. Coco Crisp (Oak): 49
1. Brett Gardner (NYY): 49
3. Ichiro Suzuki (Sea): 40

OBP
1. Miguel Cabrera (Det): .448
2. Jose Bautista (Tor): .447
3. Adrian Gonzalez (Bos): .410

Slugging percentage
1. Jose Bautista (Tor): .608
2. Miguel Cabrera (Det): .586
3. Adrian Beltre (Tex): .561

National League

Batting average
1. Jose Reyes (NYM): .337
2. Ryan Braun (Mil): .332
3. Matt Kemp (LAD): .324

Home runs
1. Matt Kemp (LAD): 39
2. Prince Fielder (Mil): 38
3. Albert Pujols (StL): 37

RBI
1. Matt Kemp (LAD): 126
2. Prince Fielder (Mil): 120
3. Ryan Howard (Phi): 116

Runs
1. Matt Kemp (LAD): 115
2. Ryan Braun (Mil): 109
3. Albert Pujols (StL): 105
3. Justin Upton (Ari): 105

Steals
1. Michael Bourn (Hou-Atl): 61
2. Emilio Bonifacio (Fla): 40
2. Matt Kemp (LAD): 40
2. Cameron Maybin (SDP): 40
2. Drew Stubbs (Cin): 40

OBP
1. Joey Votto (Cin): .416
2. Prince Fielder (Mil): .415
3. Lance Berkman (StL): .412

Slugging percentage
1. Ryan Braun (Mil): .597
2. Matt Kemp (LAD): .586
3. Prince Fielder (Mil): .566

Corey Dickerson has lost 25 pounds

PORT CHARLOTTE, FL - FEBRUARY 25:  Corey Dickerson #10 of the Tampa Bay Rays poses for a photo during the Rays' photo day on February 25, 2016 at Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte, Florida.  (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)
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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.

James McCann is in The Best Shape of His Life

Detroit Tigers catcher James McCann blows a bubble while warming up during a spring training baseball workout, Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016, in Lakeland, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
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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!