The Great Debate on Weight in Baseball Goes Natural

Published on 20-Feb-2013 by J Square Humboldt

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The Great Debate on Weight in Baseball Goes Natural

Weight can be a very personal thing. Unless it's spring training. Then it's a very public thing.

Bryce Harper arrives at Nationals camp 10-15 pounds heavier, and the media reflects joy from all quarters.

But Mike Trout, who had an all-everything rookie season, does the same thing, and the other F-word shows up in headlines.

All this really indicates is 10-15 pounds can cause quite a stir when team fortunes, fantasy leagues, and oddsmakers might be affected. That's when analysis and opinion weigh in with abundance.

Sometimes, there is no debate, such as when management says whatever goes up must come down. But that still doesn't mean the likes of the Kung Fu Panda and Hector Sanchez have to go quietly on the matter.

Nor should they. The two portly Giants would heartily agree with the oft-misquoted saying, "The proof of the pudding is in the eating."

After all, weight issues didn't hold back the power or performance of this dude or this duo and definitely not this dominator.

Yes, weight was a telltale clue in transforming one of baseball's biggest stars into a villain, And yet, weight was also one of the most endearing features of the man who made the game what it is today.

So, where is that announcer from the Certs commercial when you need him? His services are required. Again.