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Monday, August 21, 2017

Souhan: Pounds sneak up on injured Sano as Twins get back in race

According to my information, Sano’s weight has gradually risen all season and is now well above 260 pounds, which is the number listed on the Twins roster. He might be 20 to 25 pounds heavier than that.

Sano is 24 and until this week he had not suffered any injuries related to his bulk, but even his strength and assorted other athletic gifts will not allow him to be the player he should be if he isn’t careful.

Pablo Sandoval comes to mind. The two-time All-Star third baseman failed to control his weight, and it has severely damaged a promising career. And for all of his talent and accomplishments, Sano has not yet put together a full, outstanding big-league season.

Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: August 21, 2017 at 03:30 AM | 11 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: diet, disabled list, fat, food, sano, twins

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   1. bfan Posted: August 21, 2017 at 07:50 AM (#5517722)
There is validity to this. Kevin Garnett went from very good to great when he hired his own nutritionist and changed his diet entirely, in an effort to reduce body fat and increase stamina. He did, and helped his on the court performance and lengthened his career.

I wonder if the Twins could hire someone like this for Sano, and charge it against his earnings (remember, this enhances Sano's performance and increases the length of his career, so Sano's agent ought not to ##### about it). Yes, I understand you could not force feed him or keep him away from whatever food or beverage (French fries; Budweiser) is making him too fat, but this is an approach that might work.

There is no excuse to be in a profession with all of the weight control and exercise infrastructure around you (weight rooms; physical exercise advice; plenty of time to train), and to be in your mid twenties and fat.
   2. Lars6788 Posted: August 21, 2017 at 08:41 AM (#5517731)
I wonder if the Twins could hire someone like this for Sano, and charge it against his earnings


I doubt the Players' Association would go for something like that - the best thing would be to actually offer incentives / bonuses if the weight is a problem as opposed to treating him straight up like a kid and basically messing with his ability to make his money.

It's kind of a delicate balance and most fans would demand an out of shape athlete be accountable but it is what it is.


   3. Heart of Matt Harvey Posted: August 21, 2017 at 09:05 AM (#5517735)
All but four AL teams are within four of a wild card.
   4. Tim D Posted: August 21, 2017 at 09:18 AM (#5517752)
It would be well worth it for the Twins to pay for a 24 hour nutritionist. Kid would be a monster playing at 230-240 or so.
   5. bfan Posted: August 21, 2017 at 11:49 AM (#5517870)
the best thing would be to actually offer incentives / bonuses if the weight is a problem as opposed to treating him straight up like a kid


Bill James had a great comment about these type of clauses; they do not prevent players from getting fat; they just establish the price for being so. Thus, I am not a fan of these type of clauses.
   6. Stevey Posted: August 21, 2017 at 03:21 PM (#5518010)
and charge it against his earnings


Or they could just pay for it themselves, considering they are a nine figure franchise and are going to be underpaying Sano for the next four years. My company pays for my continuing education because it is in their best interest for me to do so.
   7. Mirabelli Dictu (Chris McClinch) Posted: August 21, 2017 at 05:38 PM (#5518114)
How in the #### is fouling a ball off his shin related to his bulk?
   8. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: August 21, 2017 at 05:48 PM (#5518118)
How in the #### is fouling a ball off his shin related to his bulk?

The ball would have missed if his shin wasn't so damn fat.
   9. RMc Has Bizarre Ideas to Fix Baseball Posted: August 21, 2017 at 07:53 PM (#5518169)
Having Big Sexy around probably doesn't help.
   10. Cris E Posted: August 22, 2017 at 01:18 PM (#5518567)
Oh no way, is Souhan still writing? Wasn't the eclipse a sign of an angry God, and we were at a point where things were about to get cleaned up? I was sure than even if the heavy stuff couldn't be wrapped up in a day we'd at least be free of afflictions like him. This is very disappointing.
   11. Bug Selig Posted: August 22, 2017 at 04:21 PM (#5518733)
The ball would have missed if his shin wasn't so damn fat.
Maybe. OTOH, I fouled balls off my shin/foot/ankle all the time when I weighed 170 in college. I'm 250+ now and it literally never happens.

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