Man, we got actual professional beat reporters hipping us to these things now. We should spin this feature off to BSOHLTalk:
He’s always been in pretty good shape. But if he’s truly in the BSOHL, I can’t even imagine how fast his home run trots are going to be.
At least his managerial life. This pic was taken on Saturday. Dude looks like he could cover right field today if he had to.
Here was David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution tweeting during spring training 2012:
Here is David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution tweeting today:
Next year: “Dan Uggla lops off leg to drop weight but packs on pounds in his upper body. Frankly, he’s lost.”
Shortly after the season ended Padres outfielder Carlos Quentin vowed to get into The Best Shape of His Life in an effort to avoid the injuries that have plagued his career and guess what? He actually did it:
Quentin has never played more than 131 games in a season and was in the Padres’ lineup for just 86 games last year, but hit .261 with 16 homers and an .877 OPS and signed a three-year, $27 million extension in July.
On a related note, “Inflammation-Fighting Food” would be an interesting parody song idea for “Street Fighting Man” by the Rolling Stones. Just saying.
This is good, because the “Best Shape of His Life” team can always use more catching depth:
Hernandez was limited to just 52 games last season and hit .217 with a career-worst .601 OPS at age 36.