Prince Fielder

Prince Fielder is in The Best Shape of His Life


He’s on an MMA kick. Heavy training. And his interviewer, Toni Collins, asks him specifically if he’s in The Best Shape of His Life. And yep, he says yes.

Thank you, Toni. I owe you one.


A.J. Ellis is in The Best Shape of His Life

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While Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis didn’t come right out and say it, this comes right out of the BSOHL playbook.

According to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times, Ellis said today that he lost 15 pounds over the winter. The 32-year-old dropped the weight because he wants to take on a bigger load behind the plate this year and catch between 120-125 games.

Ellis has functioned as the Dodgers’ primary catcher over the past two seasons. After catching 131 games (128 starts) in 2012, he dropped down to 113 games (109 starts) last year because of a stint on the disabled list with a strained left oblique.

Mike Moustakas is in The Best Shape of His Life

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Provisionally anyway. No actual declaration by Moustakas, but he is a strong candidate for BSHOL status during spring training:

Of course, the entire enterprise of BSHOL watches we’ve undertaken here at HBT may be working against us. Because now the reporters of BSOHL status are wary of stepping into cliche, and may thus be underselling what used to be unequivocal BSHOL declarations:


Better to be a victim of one’s own success, of course, than to never have had success at all. That is, if you consider coming up with a silly winter time waster like BSOHL stuff a form of “success.”