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Postby This is the year » Sat Feb 19, 2005 12:52 am

http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/news?slug=f ... &type=lgns


Does this make anyone more suspicious, or do you think it's really just a new diet, etc.? I wouldn't have thought Pudge one to juice, but he was implicated in Canseco's book, and its somewhat unusual for somebody who's always been on the bigger side to just lose 20 pounds. Just food for thought.
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Postby slomo007 » Sat Feb 19, 2005 1:00 am

ESPN wrote:No matter what the reason, losing all that weight will benefit Rodriguez this season and likely extend his career.


I'm interested as to why ESPN thinks this? Obviously losing the extra muscle gained from steroids didn't benefit Giambi at all. I'm not very confident in it benefitting him this year.
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Postby This is the year » Sat Feb 19, 2005 1:06 am

Being an older catcher, it would probably take some strain off his knees, allowing him to play longer. He hasn't been much of a power hitter in recent memory, so they probably think it wouldn't hurt his numbers too much. But you make a good point, we saw what it did for Giambi...
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Postby slomo007 » Sat Feb 19, 2005 1:08 am

Yeah I see what you're saying...and agree. I guess it will all come down to if he did in fact lose steroid-gained weight, or if he is telling the truth about his diet. If it was from steroids...I don't care who you are, it's not going to benefit you at all.

Haven't a lot of Giambi's problems since steroids been due to the nagging injuries and weak body now that he's not on them? If that's the case...I can't imagine what the already injury-proned Pudge would be like.
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Postby LBJackal » Sat Feb 19, 2005 1:08 am

Last year, Vernon Wells had a new diet and came into camp 20 pounds lighter as well... and we know how he fared.
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Postby slomo007 » Sat Feb 19, 2005 1:09 am

LBJackal wrote:Last year, Vernon Wells had a new diet and came into camp 20 pounds lighter as well... and we know how he fared.


Didn't Chipper Jones come in lighter as well?

Maybe that was 2 years ago I'm thinking of.
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Postby kidnemisis » Sat Feb 19, 2005 1:25 am

I think this is important because the last catcher that lost a good amount of weight in the offseason was javy lopez in his walk year with the braves. We know how that turned out. Whereas before I thought pudge was slightly ahead of the other top catchers, now i think its a clear edge.
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Postby Drdobs » Sat Feb 19, 2005 1:32 am

Yes, I too tend to take this as pretty good news.... He was clearly a little on the "overweight" side before so I think this is really only going to help him. He may lose a LITTLE power but that has been dwindling a bit anyway. The flipside is that this guy COULD start stealing bases again to the tune of 15-20+ which would be a big plus.

I'm thinking he's going to come in at a .315 - 17 - 85 - 15 Sb's this year and I'll take that out of my catcher anyday...
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Postby Madison » Sat Feb 19, 2005 3:08 am

I think this is good news for Pudge owners. I seem to remember him slimming down in his walk year with the Rangers. He probably realized that playing in Detroit won't help him hit homers, so he's going for average, doubles, steals, etc. I think the weight loss is a good thing. ;-D
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Postby swingaway » Sat Feb 19, 2005 3:53 am

to me this means he is either off the juice and lost weight and will underperform or he lost the weight legt and will get better numbers this year.
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