LBJackal wrote:Why is being fat a good thing? All else equal his owners should be happy he lost weight. The reason that he lost weight should worry them though.
I agree. A friend of mine was talking to me about this recently. SS's used to be really light hitters while the C's were big guys that could hit for power. Nowadays, more SS's are power guys and C's are smaller. Catchers aren't big lunks like they used to be. Tony Pena comes to mind as a nimble little guy who caught and did pretty well. Santiago wasn't very big either until you-know-what started on him (not just old age if you get my drift ).
I think it's great that he's losing weight. It will help him with his defense, and I doubt it will affect power that much. If you know how to hit the ball right and have good snap off the bat (a'la Nomar), you don't need to hit with a super swing like Sheffield does. I think Rodriguez has that type of ability.
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Last year, Rodriguez clearly had a great year at the plate, but his defense wasn't up to par with his usual self and he did wear down quite a bit in the second half. I think some change in conditioning was probably in order. Keep in mind, Pudge is only 5' 9" and I hear that's being generous. Being up over 210 lbs for a guy his height isn't exactly ideal.
RAmst23 wrote:Does this absolutely worry anyone else? Is I Rod going to be able to play a whole season at this weight? Esecially catcher? Honestly, losing roughly 30 lbs has to affect how he's going to play and his endurance. Pudge needs to rediscover Burger King, and fast.
There is NO WAY I would own Pudge this year unless he was sitting there in the 13th round of a 10 team draft. Most leagues have plenty of people to take him way before that point, so I don't have to worry about him.
Being a loser, I've actually listened to a few Tiger ST games and not-so-Pudge has still had trouble with passed balls. Also heard one of the broadcasters talking about how much upperbody muscle is missing this Spring, and that Pudge isn't at approachable. Seems depressed. Both earmarks of person's who've cut out on a certain supplement.
One has to wonder if the change in his workout regime will keep him healthy all season.
I actually don't understand the Pujols comment, is it a joke? Pujols has never been really muscular, he has one of the best right-handed swings in baseball. There's a reason no one accuses him of taking steroids, he's not a muscular guy.
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