Martin Maldonado is in The Best Shape of His Life


Adam McCalvy knows what time it is. He saw catcher Martin Maldonado walk into Brewers camp and asked the hard questions that needed to be asked:

After only four days off, a noticeably trim Maldonado reported for duty at Maryvale Baseball Park.

“Not that I was overweight last year, but I wanted to come into camp ready,” Maldonado said. “I feel like I’m in the best shape of my life since I signed.”

Twenty-six pounds. Not bad, Martin.

Ian Kinsler is in The Best Shape of His Life

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In anticipation of sweating much less in Detroit than he did in Arlington, Texas, new Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler showed up to camp this week with an already-trim physique …

Kinsler was traded to the Tigers in late November for first baseman Prince Fielder and cash.

The 31-year-old second baseman hit .277/.344/.413 last season with 13 homers and 15 steals.

Bruce Rondon is in The Best Shape of His Life

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It’s a young life, but still. From John Low of the Detroit Free Press:

But it must be reported that right-handed reliever Bruce Rondon has arrived in Tigers spring training clearly having lost a significant amount of weight since the end of last season. How much? There’s no official word, at least yet, but he has dropped a lot more than 10 pounds. Maybe 20 or 30.

Legitimately curious to see if he can still hit 100 on the Juggs gun now that he’s lost some of that mass.

Gaby Sanchez is in The Best Shape of His Life


Physicals are happening at spring training camps. So expect more of this:


No word if he’s also packed anything on to that career line of .258/.337/.417.


Jesus Montero is NOT in The Best Shape of His Life

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You came over in a big trade, sucked eggs, played worse defense than anyone thought and then you got suspended 50 games for PEDs. You show up for spring training in what is basically your make or break year. If that’s you, you’re doing so in great shape, right? You’re busting your hump to stay on the major league club and make a good impression and do everything you can to be a part of your team’s future, right?

Not if you’re Jesus Montero:

“I gained a lot of weight in my country,” said Montero. “So, now, I’m on a program to lose weight. I’m working really hard to get my weight back. I wasn’t doing nothing (after finishing winter ball), just eating.”

He’s starting spring training on a weight-loss program. What a freakin’ disaster area.