It’s a long-running joke that baseball players report to spring training every year and boast of being “in the best shape of my life.” In Sandoval’s case, it might be true, although that isn’t saying much for someone whose belly grew so big that he snapped his belt buckle while taking a swing April 9 in Toronto.
For the record, Sandoval reported to Red Sox camp Thursday weighing “in the high 240s,” according to Joe Ferrer, a certified strength and conditioning specialist at Bommarito Performance Systems in Miami, where Sandoval worked out five days a week for most of the winter. Josmir Romero, Sandoval’s personal assistant, estimated the 30-year-old has dropped approximately 40 pounds since May, when he had surgery for a torn labrum in his left shoulder.
“He’s like a new Panda,” Romero said.
“I can not only sense that, I know it to be true,” said Echevarria, a former U.S. Army veteran who owns Coach Ray’s Boxing & Fitness. “From the previous seasons when Pablo came into spring training extremely overweight, he’s really dedicated this time to his nutrition and his training to get where he’s at right now. And he’s in awesome shape, man.”
Will the Browns pay Terrelle Pryor No. 1 receiver money? It’s easy to forget that Pryor was a quarterback once upon a time, but he turned into a bona fide No. 1 receiver last year, putting up 1,007 receiving yards with five different mediocre, or worse, quarterbacks throwing him the ball. But it’s only one year of productivity. Is it worth a $15 million bet that he can do that consistently? I’d say it is, but we’ll see if the Browns agree.
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