Josh Hamilton AP

Josh Hamilton is in The Best Shape of His Life


Josh Hamilton has a new team and a $125 million contract AND he’s the newest addition to the ever-expanding “Best Shape of His Life” roster.

Mike Giovanna of the Los Angeles Times writes that Hamilton spent the offseason “juicing” fruits and vegetables on the way to losing 20-25 pounds. At 6-foot-4 he now weighs 225, compared to 245-255 at the start of last season for the Rangers.

If nothing else the BSOHL lineup now has a cleanup hitter.

Homer Bailey is in The Best Shape of His Life (again)

Homer Bailey

Add another name to the list, via John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer:

Homer Bailey came in last year with about 10 pounds of added muscle. It worked pretty well, so added another 10 pounds or so this year. Bailey weighed in at 230. Bailey only carried 205 pounds on his 6-foot-4 frame when he arrived in the majors.

Bailey finally put together a good, healthy season at age 26, throwing 208 innings with a 3.68 ERA after never throwing more than 135 innings or posting a sub-4.40 ERA previously.

Mark Prior is in The Best Shape of His Life

Mark Prior throwing

I read that long piece about Mark Prior over at the other day. It was good. But it was missing one key ingredient that this report from has:

Prior, who has suffered multiple shoulder injuries, is in the best physical shape of his life, according to two people who have seen him. He has strengthened the area around his shoulder capsule in an attempt to beat the problems that have plagued him for so many years.

After all of these years I don’t think anyone should bet much on Prior coming back. But if he does, it’ll be Team-BSOHL’s greatest accomplishment yet.


Lance Lynn is in The Best Shape of His Life

Lance Lynn

Add another name to the list, from Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch:

Cardinals righthander Lance Lynn, who was challenged and helped by the club to improve his fitness level during the offseason, arrived at the team’s complex Friday with a tightened haircut, no beard, and a significantly slimmed-down frame. Teammates joked they didn’t recognize him. …

Lynn declined to go into the exact details of his lean look, suggesting first that he dropped about 20 pounds from the weight he came to spring training in a year ago. He gained more weight during the season, and that did contribute to his struggles in August and inconsistency later.

Goold actually mentions BSOHL in the article, noting: “Lynn knows how that description is often met with a smirk. So, he didn’t say it.”

Self-awareness really ruins all the fun.

In case you didn’t believe that John Lackey was in The Best Shape of His Life


Sometimes BSOHL is baloney p.r.-speak designed to raise expectations. Sometimes it’s the truth. Pete Abraham shows us that it’s definitely the truth with John Lackey.


Wow. Someone get that guy some nachos, stat.