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The Toronto Blue Jays ‘Best Shape of Their Life’ Tracker

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Every February, Major League Baseball players arrive at Spring Training in the hope of being their best selves. They show up to camp having lost weight, gained muscle and they claim to be in “the best shape of their lives”.

It’s the most time-honoured Spring Training cliche. Everyone knows it’s just a trope, but at least one player on the Blue Jays roster is in the best shape of their life every Spring. This year is no different, which can make it difficult to keep track of which players are their best selves.

Introducing the Toronto Blue Jays “Best Shape of Their Life” Tracker; a tool to keep tabs on which Blue Jays players are healthier than ever. They may be slimmer or bulkier (in a good way) heading into the 2018 season.

The Blue Jays "Best Shape of Their Life" Tracker

PlayerDateBest ShapenessSource
Russell MartinFeb 15Put on muscleSportsnet
Joe BiaginiFeb 17Lost 10 poundsToronto Sun
Kevin PillarFeb 22Lost 15 poundsSportsnet
Devon TravisFeb 22"He looks bigger and stronger" - John GibbonsMLB Video
Randal GrichukFeb 22Took a vision training courseSportsnet
Kendrys MoralesFeb 23Lost 12 poundsToronto Sun
Steve PearceFeb 26"I'm going into the year healthy" - Steve PearceToronto Sun
Updated February 26, 2018
 



This table will be updated periodically as more “best shape of their life” stories are reported. By my count, there are five Blue Jays players who came to Spring Training in better shape: Russell Martin, Joe Biagini, Kevin Pillar, Devon Travis and Kendrys Morales.

It’s funny to think that Spring Training is a place where MLB players used Spring Training as a means to get in shape for the upcoming regular season. These days, most players train throughout the offseason and are already in peak physical condition once they report to camp.

I, on the other hand, prefer to take the Joey Votto approach and typically reach Spring Training in progressively worse shape each year. As someone who hasn’t been in the best shape of their life for about 20 years, I salute any athlete who has made strides to improve their health.

Ian has been writing about the Toronto Blue Jays since 2007. He enjoyed the tail-end of the Roy Halladay era and vividly remembers the Alex Rodriguez "mine" incident. He'll also retell the story of Game 5 of the 2015 ALDS to his kids for the next 20 years.


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3 Comments

  1. Dr Baseball

    February 26, 2018 - 8:56 am

    Can we add Randal Grichuk and his supposedly improved eyesight?

    1. Ian Hunter

      February 26, 2018 - 12:47 pm

      I debated whether to include that, but it’s there now. I also added one for Steve Pearce, so now we’re up to 7 players now.

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