The Good Shapers by Dave Cameron February 25, 2010 Last week, I asked you guys to list the players who had been the subject of the great spring training cliche – reporting in the “best shape of their life.” It is remarkable how many times this story has been written. Here’s the list. Jonathan Sanchez – San Francisco Carlos Zambrano – Chicago Geovany Soto – Chicago Daisuke Matsuzaka – Boston Mike Pelfrey – New York Brian McCann – Atlanta Tim Hudson – Atlanta Bobby Jenks – Chicago Delmon Young – Minnesota David Price – Tampa Bay Andruw Jones – Chicago Russell Martin – Los Angeles Matt Stairs (!) – San Diego Oliver Perez – New York Corey Hart – Milwaukee Aaron Rowand – San Francisco Jonathan Albaladejo – New York Ricky Romero – Toronto Aaron Cook – Colorado Kyle Blanks – San Diego Matt Harrison – Texas Aaron Harang – Cincinnati Miguel Cabrera – Detroit Kyle Kendrick – Philadelphia Nick Swisher – New York David Wright – New York David Ortiz – Boston Martin Prado – Atlanta That’s 28 guys, and there were a few in the comments that I omitted, because the cited articles were more about rehabbing from an injury than getting in better shape. Needless to say, that’s a big list. The most notable changes seem to belong to Delmon Young, Jonathan Albaladejo, Matt Stairs (hilariously), and Matt Harrison, who were each reported to have dropped 30 pounds. Of all the guys on the list, perhaps those four best serve as examples of when this story should be written. Someone drops 30 pounds in a winter, well, that’s newsworthy. A lot of the rest of it, though… it’s just filler. Not that you guys need to be reminded of this, of course. It will be interesting to look back at this list at the end of the year and see how many of these guys beat their projections. If I don’t do that post by November, someone remind me.