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HomeFish
02-16-2011, 11:13 PM
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703373404576148633980571882.html?m od=googlenews_wsj

According to this article, the three fattest teams in MLB history are the 2007 White Sox, the 2008 White Sox, and the 2009 White Sox.

But this article says that the Yankees are now close to contending for this title, and probably have the fattest pitching staff in history.

knocko94
02-16-2011, 11:14 PM
I KNEW Adam Dunn would bring another title to Chicago!!!!!

Boondock Saint
02-16-2011, 11:15 PM
:whocares

LongLiveFisk
02-16-2011, 11:33 PM
I don't know, I have a hard time believing that. In history? Look how out of shape players were back in Babe Ruth's time. Hell, look at Babe Ruth himself. :redneck

soltrain21
02-16-2011, 11:38 PM
They must've weighed the team on days that Jenks blew a save.

GoGoCrede
02-16-2011, 11:42 PM
They must've weighed the team on days that Jenks blew a save.

Heh.

Foulke You
02-16-2011, 11:49 PM
To be fair, the Sox did have a lot of tall players during that time period as well and it only seems like they are using pounds as a gauge and not body fat percentage. Freddy is not fat but he is a big man. Ditto guys like Jermaine Dye, Joe Crede, Gavin Floyd, Scott Linebrink, Adam Russell, Jose Contreras, etc. who were all around in that time period. Tall/Big doesn't necessarily mean "fat" but it can add to your cumulative team weight.

DeadMoney
02-16-2011, 11:50 PM
From that article, this cracked me up...
"On the pitching staff, new arrivals Freddy Garcia (250) and Bartolo Colon (245)..."

aryzner
02-17-2011, 07:29 AM
From that article, this cracked me up...
"On the pitching staff, new arrivals Freddy Garcia (250) and Bartolo Colon (245)..."
There's no way Garcia weighs more than Colon... is there???

asindc
02-17-2011, 07:33 AM
There's no way Garcia weighs more than Colon... is there???

He is probably taller than Colon.

Hitmen77
02-17-2011, 07:44 AM
I KNEW Adam Dunn would bring another title to Chicago!!!!!
:rolling:
(actually, the article said it was the 2007-09 Sox, so Dunn ain't done nothing for us yet!:redneck)


I don't know, I have a hard time believing that. In history? Look how out of shape players were back in Babe Ruth's time. Hell, look at Babe Ruth himself. :redneck

Actually, I'm not surprised at this since Americans are so much bigger and fatter today than ever. I'm sure the combined weight of today's teams easily beats out teams from years ago.

But, like someone else pointed out, this should say "heaviest" team in MLB history. I'm sure Jim Thome weighed a lot, but was he really "fat"?

roylestillman
02-17-2011, 08:15 AM
I'm sure Chris Sale's addition to the roster has dropped us down to 17th or 18th.

Moses_Scurry
02-17-2011, 08:19 AM
I'm not sure how that is possible with Alexei and his 20 pound frame.

Also, the Indians had CC and Colon at the same time for a few years. They must have had a bunch of stick figures outside of them (although Manny and Thome weren't exactly light).

g0g0
02-17-2011, 08:20 AM
They aren't fat; they're just big-boned.

doublem23
02-17-2011, 08:21 AM
I don't know, I have a hard time believing that. In history? Look how out of shape players were back in Babe Ruth's time. Hell, look at Babe Ruth himself. :redneck

Babe Ruth really wasn't that big, he was 6'2'' and played around 215 lbs for most of his career, a BMI that's overweight but not obese. He just looked big compared to his contemporaries, but was 3 inches shorter and 25 pounds lighter than Frank Thomas, who I would only call fat if I wanted my face punched in. I'm not sure if players were really that out of shape, maybe they weren't the finely tuned athletes we're used to seeing today, but a lot of that is because in the past 100 years there have been some spectacular developments in nutrition, strength training, etc. Hell, a large number of ballplayers up into the 40s weren't even full-time athletes, they had to have second jobs in the off-season to get by.

PaleHoser
02-17-2011, 09:21 AM
Easy explanation - we like our Polish Sausage on the South Side.

I have a hard time believing this though. I recall the Cubs in the mid-70's had Barry Foote and the Reuschel brothers. Those three were very large men.

thomas35forever
02-17-2011, 12:10 PM
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johnnyg83
02-17-2011, 12:32 PM
I don't know, I have a hard time believing that. In history? Look how out of shape players were back in Babe Ruth's time. Hell, look at Babe Ruth himself. :redneck

I don't know what year they measured this but it says he was "only" 215 lbs.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/r/ruthba01.shtml

People in general and athletes especially are sooo much bigger now. Look at the average weights for an NFL offensive line over the past 30 years.

house215
02-17-2011, 12:52 PM
Did they factor Herm Schneider into the calculations?

Stormin' Norm
02-17-2011, 12:56 PM
Not to make light of this incredibly important and insightful reporting, but how on earth would they have gotten everyone's body fat percentage? Heaviest MLB team would have been a more fitting title.

sullythered
02-17-2011, 02:28 PM
Not to make light of this incredibly important and insightful reporting, but how on earth would they have gotten everyone's body fat percentage? Heaviest MLB team would have been a more fitting title.

Exactly. "Biggest" is what they should have said. By their rationale, having a guy like Randy Johnson or Barry Bonds on your team would make your team "fatter."

moochpuppy
02-17-2011, 02:58 PM
I think he meant Phat.

TDog
02-17-2011, 03:09 PM
No question. I mean, like, have you taken a good look at Alexei Ramirez?

delben91
02-17-2011, 03:15 PM
I'm shocked the Sox teams that had Carlos Castillo on them didn't qualify...

SephClone89
02-17-2011, 03:37 PM
No question. I mean, like, have you taken a good look at Alexei Ramirez?

Don't forget Chris Sale.

Dibbs
02-17-2011, 03:40 PM
I didn't know heaviest is equal to fattest.

SOXSINCE'70
02-17-2011, 07:15 PM
They aren't fat; they're just big-boned.

:hawk

I loooooove "South Park" references.

SOXSINCE'70
02-17-2011, 07:18 PM
Also, the Indians had CC and Colon at the same time for a few years. They must have had a bunch of stick figures outside of them (although Manny and Thome weren't exactly light).

You do realize that CC stands for "Captain Cheeseburger", right.:D::D::D:

MISoxfan
02-18-2011, 09:37 AM
Babe Ruth really wasn't that big, he was 6'2'' and played around 215 lbs for most of his career, a BMI that's overweight but not obese. He just looked big compared to his contemporaries, but was 3 inches shorter and 25 pounds lighter than Frank Thomas, who I would only call fat if I wanted my face punched in. I'm not sure if players were really that out of shape, maybe they weren't the finely tuned athletes we're used to seeing today, but a lot of that is because in the past 100 years there have been some spectacular developments in nutrition, strength training, etc. Hell, a large number of ballplayers up into the 40s weren't even full-time athletes, they had to have second jobs in the off-season to get by.

Nutrition sure, and the fact that the athletes are actually participating in strength training comes in to play, but we haven't really made any developments in strength training in probably over 50 years. Power lifters and olympic lifters still use squats, deadlifts, various presses, and the same olympic lifts as always.

everafan
02-18-2011, 10:41 AM
There's no way Garcia weighs more than Colon... is there???

Freddy is probably 6 inches taller - but I don't think Freddy has been fat recently.

PeteWard
02-18-2011, 04:29 PM
From that article, this cracked me up...
"On the pitching staff, new arrivals Freddy Garcia (250) and Bartolo Colon (245)..."

Colon hasn't seen 245 lbs. since he was ten years old.

TheVulture
02-18-2011, 04:31 PM
I don't know, I have a hard time believing that. In history? Look how out of shape players were back in Babe Ruth's time. Hell, look at Babe Ruth himself. :redneck

Babe Ruth was Adonis compared to Bobby Jenks.

gobears1987
02-19-2011, 07:22 AM
Bartolo got himself a set of man boobs in the picture

soxfanreggie
02-19-2011, 08:08 AM
Sabathia is 6'7", so it would be easy to see a man with decent muscle be 250+. He may have fat on the body, but I bet he has a decent amount of muscle too. I have a friend playing pro basketball, and at 6'8", he weighs a lot but isn't "thick" at all. CC isn't a block of granite, but it's easier to see him in the 275-300 range than Colon around 250. I've heard a guy weighs 10-15 pounds more for each inch taller, and CC isn't weighing in at 370 (250 for Bartolo plus 8 inches x 15 lbs).