Via The Record -
Saying that he “lost some of my athleticism” by playing at 225 pounds, Alex Rodriguez believes he’ll benefit by being leaner this season.
Mostly through dietary alterations, A-Rod said his body fat has plunged from 16 percent last year to 9 percent this spring.
“I just felt a lack of movement last year,” said Rodriguez. But already this spring, “I feel more athletic.
“I felt that when I gained the weight, I lost some of my athleticism,” A-Rod said. “My ability to move around, everything was kind of a lethargic struggle.”
Last year, A-Rod committed 24 errors at third base — something that could be partly attributable to a somewhat sluggish feeling of playing at a higher weight.
Rodriguez, who stands 6 feet 3, said he’s lost “10 or 12 pounds” since the end of last season.
“I like the idea of being at a lighter weight on the field,” A-Rod said. “My best years have always been at a lighter weight.”
A weight-loss worked wonders for Posada last season. So, this decision by Alex could be wonderful news. Hey, on the flip side, he could have come into camp looking like this:
Choose your caption for the above:
(a) Holy “Homer in a Moo-Moo” Batman!
(b) Hey, Red Light, when is the baby due?
(c) “My boyfriend Theo says I’m not fat. He says that I am pleasingly plump.”
(d) When does Bosox special spring instructor Richard Simmons report to camp this year?