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Melky Cabrera is in The Best Shape of His Life

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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

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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.

Martin Maldonado is in The Best Shape of His Life

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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.