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Mike Trout is in The Best Shape of his Life


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


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.