“He probably put 10 to 15 pounds of fat on this offseason,” said pitching coach Mike Butcher. “I don’t know what he was eating, but it really stuck with him.”
Outfielder Mike Trout agreed and said he hardly even recognized his manager when he first saw him this week at the team’s Tempe spring training facility.
“He’s just billowing out of his uniform,” said Trout. “He completely transformed his body and he was pretty doughy to begin with.”
Scioscia said he didn’t do anything special this offseason to get his new form.
“I think that was kind of the cause,” he said. “I did absolutely nothing. Lots of sitting down. Lots of inactivity. Basically I was training for what I do during the long baseball season. You don’t want to be active in the offseason and then suddenly sit around from February through October. It’s not good for your body. I’ve never felt more prepared physically to manage a baseball team.”
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