Jackie Bradley Jr.

Jackie Bradley Jr. is in The Best Shape of His Life


This one in video form. It comes at the 2:45 mark of this 3:00 video over at Boston.com. Best part: totally unprompted. Just blurts it out when talking about stealing bases.

But watch the whole thing because at the beginning he talks about how great it was that he failed at the major league level last year. Really: “it’s great that I failed.” Which, while it’s clear what he’s actually getting at, is a surprisingly aggressive way to couch the whole “learn from adversity” concept.

Jose Bautista is in The Best Shape of His Life

Toronto Blue Jays' Bautista looks into the stands between innings during a MLB American League baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays in St. Petersburg

We heard about Melky Cabrera being in The Best Shape of His Life last week. Well, he didn’t work out alone. He had teammate Jose Bautista with him, and Bautista characterizes the purpose of those workouts:

“It was kind of easy and natural and we just decided to start earlier than we normally do,” Bautista said. “We are both coming off injuries and we wanted to try to get into the best shape of our lives before spring training started.”

Good for you, Jose. Good for you.

(Thanks to Rik for the heads up)

Yasiel Puig: not in The Best Shape of His Life

Yasiel Puig

Trouble in Puig-a-dise? Mark Saxson of ESPN Los Angeles reports that Yasiel is a little too big for his britches. Literally:

 Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly acknowledged the team has some concerns about Yasiel Puig’s conditioning. Mattingly said Puig showed up at camp weighing 251 pounds, 26 more than he weighed at the end of the regular season.

Mattingly said he didn’t think it’d be a problem, but oof, even if you are a big exciting star, you can’t show up to camp fat.

Can’t wait until Plaschke’s column tomorrow: “Too much fast driving. Too much fast food. Maybe the Dodgers were too fast to make Yasiel Puig the face of the franchise.”

Melky Cabrera is in The Best Shape of His Life

Toronto Blue Jays' Cabrera heads to the batters box during the first inning of their MLB baseball game against the San Francisco Giants in San Francisco, California

This shouldn’t cause anyone to snark in Melky’s direction. Nope:


His past good seasons corresponded with better conditioning. How much of that better conditioning came with the aid of PEDs is an open question, of course. Thing that stinks for Melky is, even if he is clean now, no one will ever give him the benefit of the doubt on it.

Mike Trout is in The Best Shape of his Life

Mike Trout Getty

On the one hand, dude, you’re 22, you had better be in The Best Shape of Your Life. Indeed, there has been some talk in BSOHL circles that we should disqualify everyone under, say, 30, from BSHOL consideration.

On the other hand, well, he said it:

Trout checked into camp last spring weighing 241, ended the season at 238 and has checked in this year at 235.

“I feel great,” he said. “Best shape I’ve ever been in.”

If he felt something less-than-great the past two seasons, boy howdy, 2014 is gonna be scary.