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Old 03-22-2013, 07:57 PM
 
Location: Florida
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They take care of their bodies sufficient to perform their job duties.

Look at some football players. First blush is that there are a bunch of fat, out of shape slobs. Looks are deceiving. They maintain their bodies sufficient to their position on the field. And I certainly wouldn't walk up to any of these guys and call them "out of shape".
That's football players. Baseball players are (literally) not in the same league. It's easy to play baseball when not in the best physical health. It would be easier and the play would be better if they took it seriously. That's all.
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Old 03-23-2013, 12:45 AM
 
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Baseball take care of themselves far more than they did 40 or 50 years ago. Players now basically don't need a Spring Training for the purposes of getting into shape for the season; these guys are in prime condition by the time pitchers and catchers report in February.

There would be no way MLB could put on a WBC in the 60s, 70s or during the golden era of baseball because most of those players wouldn't be in the condition to participate in the event. There are players who workout basically year round. Some guys workout right after games. I think this discussion has evolved into petty complaints.
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Old 03-23-2013, 08:30 AM
 
Location: Albuquerque, NM
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I think this discussion has evolved into petty complaints.
I think the thread was pretty petty from the get-go
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Old 03-24-2013, 04:54 PM
 
Location: Florida
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Baseball take care of themselves far more than they did 40 or 50 years ago.

Players now basically don't need a Spring Training for the purposes of getting into shape for the season; these guys are in prime condition by the time pitchers and catchers report in February.

There are players who workout basically year round.
50 years ago player smoked in the dugouts during games. 80 years ago the most dominant player in baseball ate an entire tub of ice cream in the dugout during every game. Being healthier than that does not make one healthy.

Players today are most certainly not in prime condition in February. Few are in prime condition by June.

I'm not talking about working out. I'm talking about eating a proper diet.
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Old 03-24-2013, 06:36 PM
 
Location: Mequon, WI
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"Baseball is like joining an enormous family, with ancestors and forebears, famous stories, histories and it's a privilege, it means a lot, and the people that tell me they hate baseball or don't like baseball, they sound bitter about it, but I think they sense what they are missing, I think that they feel that there is something they are not in on which is a terrible loss and I am sorry for them."

-Roger Angell on "Ken Burns: Baseball Inning 4"
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Old 03-26-2013, 11:46 PM
 
Location: Florida
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I love the game as much as anyone out there but I disagree with that quote. There are lots of valid reasons to dislike baseball. Some people just aren't as willing to turn a blind eye as others.
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Old 03-27-2013, 06:07 PM
 
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I love the game as much as anyone out there but I disagree with that quote. There are lots of valid reasons to dislike baseball. Some people just aren't as willing to turn a blind eye as others.

Well, don't invest your time in it then.
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Old 04-01-2013, 02:05 PM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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What I don't get about baseball is why so many players chew and spit tabacco. It makes no sense to me why they do this in baseball, and no other sport. You never see people in football huddles, tennis players, soccer players, or basketball teams chewing tabacco. This is just another reason on my list why I dislike baseball. Anyone else agree or feel the same way about this sport?
Well you don't see as many baseball players with tatoos all over the bodies like you do in football and basketball, so maybe it is time for those of us who like clean cut looking guys to stop watching football..It would be pretty interesting seeing those guys spitting tobacco on the basketball court of spitting on each others shoes in the huddle. Oh, and did it occur you these days, more are chewing and spitting sunflower seeds than tobacco, not to mention players from other countries crew more than Americans.

You don't like baseball; fair enough, but to use this as an example is off the wall.
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Old 04-01-2013, 02:08 PM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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That's football players. Baseball players are (literally) not in the same league. It's easy to play baseball when not in the best physical health. It would be easier and the play would be better if they took it seriously. That's all.
You obviously never played college of pro baseball or never knew anyone that did. No, it isn't easier to play baseball when not in good shape!!!!
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Old 04-01-2013, 09:33 PM
 
Location: Florida
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You obviously never played college of pro baseball or never knew anyone that did. No, it isn't easier to play baseball when not in good shape!!!!
I didn't say that. I said it's easier to play when unhealthy than other pro sports. Playing baseball at the MLB level has been successfully done by too many overweight, alcoholic, or limping players to count. Bernie Carbo has stated that he was wasted in every game of his twelve year career except one. And no, he was not high on PED's.
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