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

Jose Bautista is in The Best Shape of His Life


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.