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    "I'm in the best shape of my life" - 2011 Edition

    This is a cataloging of players and baseball personalities quoting of how great they feel, what new workout they are on, how much weight they've lost or what awesome shape they will be in by the time the season starts.

    This was one of my favorite threads of the 2010 pre-season, keeping track of the hyperbole from various MLB players and how the media always seems to just lap it up.

    So I'm repeating it again for 2011.

    Here is the 2010 thread.
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    Re: "I'm in the best shape of my life" - 2011 Edition

    First guest - CC Sabathia

    http://yankees.lhblogs.com/2010/12/2...-trimming-down

    “I’m feeling good,” Sabathia said. “I wasn’t really worried about the surgery because I had it before. It was just swelling up on me after starts during the year, just achy pain that affected me while I was pitching.”

    Sabathia has lost 15 pounds from his 6-foot-7 frame through a tough offseason training program of cardiovascular workouts and weight training. His knee recovered in just less than a month after the procedure, so he is well into his full exercise program and playing light catch.

    He hopes to lose an additional 15 pounds before the season starts.

    “I’m turning 30 this year, getting a little older,” he said, chuckling. “Hopefully it will take some pressure off my knee and extend my career.”

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    Bartolo Colon

    http://www.cleveland.com/tribe/index...gn_austin.html

    Antonetti said the Indians are indeed interested in Bartolo Colon and have been getting good reports from his winter ball exploits with Aguilas in the Dominican Republic.
    Colon, 37, has reportedly lost close to 40 pounds.

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    Prince Fielder

    Prince Fielder has reportedly lost a significant amount of weight in preparation for the 2011 season. Will a slimmed down Fielder equal bigger production .
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    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/5...ewers-for-2011

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    Russell Martin

    http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/20...e-of-his-life/

    A two-time All-Star and former Gold Glove winner, Martin slipped offensively the last two seasons. He feels a new workout regimen will greatly benefit his hitting.

    “I’m probably going to be in the best shape of my life going into spring training,” said Martin, who also could spell Alex Rodriguez some at third base this season.

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    Pedro Cerrano...

    "No matter how good you are, you're going to lose one-third of your games. No matter how bad you are you're going to win one-third of your games. It's the other third that makes the difference." ~Tommy Lasorda

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    Re: "I'm in the best shape of my life" - 2011 Edition

    For kicks I am going to review the hits and misses of the 2010 thread in order of posting. A hit is if they maintained or showed improvement from the previous season, a miss is if they showed regressing

    1. Griffey - a swing and a huge miss
    2. Zambrano - another huge miss
    3. Andrew McCutcheon - hit
    4. Matt Stairs - hit, he lost 30 pounds in hopes of getting a job and played some for the Pads
    5. Gary Mathews Jr - miss
    6. Jose Reyes - hit, still had some nagging injuries but he did bounce back a produce in 133 games
    7. Ricky Romero - hit
    8. Ryan Zimmerman - hit
    9.John Lannan - miss
    10. Mike Pelfrey - hit
    11. Sheffield - no enough information
    12. Kyle Blanks - miss
    13. Bobby Jenks - miss
    14. Yadier Molina - miss
    15. The whole Reds team - hit
    16. Dice - K - debatable hit
    17. Nick Swisher - hit
    18. Cole Hamels - hit
    19. Aaron Cook - miss
    20. Jonathan Sanchez - hit
    21. Geovany Soto - hit
    22. Clay Bucholz - hit
    23. Josh Johnson - hit
    24. Lance Berkman - miss
    25. Aubrey Huff - hit
    26. Joe Nathan - not enough information
    27. Matt Harrison - foul tip
    28. David Wright - infield single
    29. Big Papi - Hit
    30. Carl Crawford - hit
    31. Andruw Jones - hit
    32. Magglio Ordonez - hit
    33. Jose Guillen - hit
    34. Jason Bay - miss
    35. Carlos Silva - hit
    36. Pat Burrell - hit
    37. Corey Hart - miss
    38. Delmon Young - hit
    39. Russel Martin (already has made the 2010 list hehe) - miss
    40. Anibal Sanchez - hit
    41. Miggy Cabrera - hit

    Overall there were more hits than I expected. From what I can tell there is very little variability then how the players careers have actually been trending. There were a few who jumped in performance out of the norm though.
    "Today was the byproduct of us thinking we can come back from anything." - Joey Votto after blowing a 10-1 lead and holding on for the 12-11 win on 8/25/2010.

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    Re: "I'm in the best shape of my life" - 2011 Edition

    I can't believe I forgot about this--so classic. Thank you, McClain. These are great.

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    Re: "I'm in the best shape of my life" - 2011 Edition

    Best thread on RZ.... keep em comin'
    2009 Attendance Record: 3-5 2010 Attendance Record: 2-9
    2011 Attendance Record: 3-4 2012 Attendance Record: 3-4
    2013 Attendance Record: 5-2 2014 Attendance Record: 3-1

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    Re: "I'm in the best shape of my life" - 2011 Edition

    Folks, I have been practicing my typing and research skills all winter. I feel more ready to post heading into the 2011 season than I ever have before. I have to say I'm in the best shape of my life for RedsZone this year--now it is time to take it up a notch, avoid all cliches, use the toolbar correctly, etc. etc.
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    Re: "I'm in the best shape of my life" - 2011 Edition

    http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/...entry_id=80671
    The Kung Fu Panda has lost 17 lbs. and counting.

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    Re: "I'm in the best shape of my life" - 2011 Edition

    Brad Penny...of course, being engaged to Karina Smirnoff might actually help him stay in shape. Looks like Craig Calcaterra tracks the same thing for NBC:

    http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/20...e-of-his-life/

    And they’re getting earlier! Today we had what I consider to be my first official sighting of a Best Shape of His Life story. Self-reported, from Brad Penny:

    Heading to the gym. I’m going to be i’n the best shape I’ve ever been for the upcoming season.

    I know the season just ended, my friends, but with that report, I feel like spring is right around the corner!

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    Re: "I'm in the best shape of my life" - 2011 Edition

    Apparently Fangraphs track this trend as well.

    http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/index...ers-follow-up/

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    Re: "I'm in the best shape of my life" - 2011 Edition

    Prince Fielder

    Prince Fielder has reportedly lost a significant amount of weight in preparation for the 2011 season. Will a slimmed down Fielder equal bigger production .
    IIRC a couple of years ago Prince decided to go vegetarian in order to get in better shape. Not only did he not lose any weight but his game was awful at the start of the season.

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    Re: "I'm in the best shape of my life" - 2011 Edition

    Quote Originally Posted by bucksfan2 View Post
    IIRC a couple of years ago Prince decided to go vegetarian in order to get in better shape. Not only did he not lose any weight but his game was awful at the start of the season.
    I have a friend who was a vegetarian for a few years. He and his wife would cook for me when I visited and there would be mountains of pasta, potatoes, etc., on the plate. My friend's weight eventually got up to 380 pounds before he made some changes. Maybe that's the kind of vegetarian Mr. Fielder is.
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