Which active MLB player has the highest Body Mass Index of the league?


Absolutely. Ken Griffey Jr. and Ken Griffey Sr. played together in 1990 for the Seattle Mariners. They once hit back to back home runs in a game.



They played about a month together (8/31 to the end of the season).

In Hockey, Gordie Howe played with his sons Mark and Marty in 1979-80 for the Hartford Whalers. Wikipedia has a nice page with a list of familial relations in the NHL (they seem to have more than most leagues, probably because the sport is less popular so more likely for familial relations to be successful). The direct link to the Howes' is at Legends of Hockey.

In the NFL, it doesn't look like anyone really did in the modern era due to the very short career length compared to other sports (except for kickers); in the 1920s, Ted and Charles Nesser played together, Ted as player-coach, and I don't doubt a few more similar occurrences...

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Abstract: Bosch, TA, Burruss, TP, Weir, NL, Fielding, KA, Engel, BE, Weston, TD, and Dengel, DR. Abdominal body composition differences in NFL football players. J Strength Cond Res 28(12): 3313–3319, 2014—The purpose of this study was to examine visceral fat mass as well as other measures abdominal body composition in National Football League (NFL) players before the start of the season. Three hundred and seventy NFL football players were measured before the start of the season using dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry. Regional fat and lean mass was measured for each player. Players were categorized into 3 groups based on positions that mirror each other: linemen; linebackers/tight ends/running backs and wide receivers/defensive backs. Significant differences were observed between the position groups for both lean and fat regional measurements. However, the magnitude of difference was much greater for fat measures than lean measures. Additionally, a threshold was observed...

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It’s mid-May and Major League Baseball is in full swing. What better time than now to perform our first MLB players census? Fans of the blog will remember our previous work on the NFL census and the NBA census, which turned out to be very interesting looks into the diversity of professional athletes. The MLB census has been a slightly different experience for me, as I am not as big a fan of baseball as I am of football and basketball. That being said, of the three censuses that have been conducted here on the Best Tickets Blog, I have found this one the most interesting. There are so many stories behind the faces of Major League Baseball, and the international influence is immense. Fans and non-fans alike should find this study interesting. I certainly did. This post will follow the same format as the previous two, which means we start with a positional analysis.

Analyzing Each Position

We separated our MLB positions into two categories: broad and specific. The broad...

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Major League Baseball (MLB) managers trying to find an edge should pay close attention to their players' body clocks, according to a new Northwestern University study of how jet lag affects MLB players traveling across just a few time zones.

The researchers found that when people, in this case Major League Baseball players, travel in a way that misaligns their internal 24-hour clock with the natural environment and its cycle of sunlight, they suffer negative consequences.

"Jet lag does impair the performance of Major League Baseball players," said Dr. Ravi Allada, a circadian rhythms expert who led the study. "The negative effects of jet lag we found are subtle, but they are detectable and significant. And they happen on both offense and defense and for both home and away teams, often in surprising ways."

In a study of data spanning 20 years and including more than 40,000 games, the researchers identified these effects of jet lag on player and team...

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Young was born in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. An accomplished high school football player at Purvis High School in Purvis, Mississippi, Young turned down a scholarship offer from LSU to sign with and play baseball for the Pittsburgh Pirates.

He advanced steadily through the system, but before the 2004 season the Pirates released him. He was claimed on waivers by the Orioles and assigned to their Class AA affiliate, the Bowie Baysox. Young recovered from a slow start in Bowie to set a club record with 33 home runs and appear in the Eastern League All-Star Game. In 2005, he participated in the Orioles' spring training, and started the regular season with the Orioles' Class AAA affiliate, the Ottawa Lynx.

Young was called up to the Orioles on September 1, 2005, after batting .286 with 13 home runs and 81 RBIs at Ottawa. Since 2005 was the last year that he could be optioned to the minors without having to pass through waivers, the Orioles said upon promoting him that they...

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Born: Aug. 9, 1989

WAR in 2015: 6.5

Case: Heyward is viewed by many as one of the game’s best defensive outfielders, as evidenced by his 30 defensive runs saved during the 2014 season. And though his defense often generates the most praise, Heyward has the other four tools that make for outstanding players, even if they’re not always displayed all at once. But the point remains: Heyward is able to beat you in several ways, whether it’s hitting a walkoff homer, legging out a triple or making a game-saving catch. It’s tough to find a better and more athletic 26-year-old.

Honrable mentions: Anthony Rizzo, Cubs; Andrelton Simmons, Angels; Giancarlo Stanton, Marlins; Jose Altuve, Astros; Kevin Kiermaier; Madison Bumgarner,...

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Yes, it is proven that the MLB has the highest verticals in the game of baseball. Not only that but when it comes to pure power production, no other level of professional baseball even comes close.

Did you really believe that the Major Leagues wasn’t made up of the bigger, stronger and faster athletes? Well if you thought otherwise then you where completely wrong. Matter of fact, it would be a good idea if you just forgot everything you know about baseball because I would bet most of it is not doing anything for you. It isn’t your fault though, but it is now your responsibility to learn the truth.

This game and most of the coaches in it have loaded you with complete BS for, more than likely, most of your career. Look on the bright side though you are reading this article, which means you are going to walk out of the cave when most of your peers are going to stay chained to the wall and continue believing the shadows to be real people.

The Truth About the MLB...

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The Kansas City Royals pitcher died in a car accident at the age of 25. USA TODAY Sports

A look at some of the notable deaths of active pro baseball players in recent years:

— Jan. 22, 2017: Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura, 25, was killed in a car crash in his native Dominican Republic. He went 14-10 with a 3.20 ERA in 2014, his first full season in the big leagues, and helped Kansas City reach the World Series for the first time since 1985. The right-hander went 11-12 with a 4.45 ERA last season.

— Jan. 22, 2017: Andy Marte, 33, died in a separate car crash in his native Dominican Republic. Marte played in the majors from 2005-2010 with Atlanta and Cleveland, and returned in 2014 with Arizona. The infielder hit .218 with 21 home runs and 99 RBIs in the big leagues. He spent the past two seasons in South Korea, where he hit 22 homers last year.

— Sept. 25, 2016: Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez, 24, was killed in a boating accident. It's not clear who...

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Running through the list of complete game no-hitters on Wikipedia, there's only one loss by a pitcher that completed a no-hitter. As this page notes:

The only starting pitcher to lose a complete-game no-hitter was Ken Johnson of the Houston Colt 45s (pre-Astros), who lost to Cincinnati 1-0 on April 23, 1964. Johnson's throwing error allowed Pete Rose to get to second with one out in the top of the ninth. Chico Ruiz moved Rose to third on a ground ball, and second baseman Nellie Fox's error on a grounder by Vada Pinson let Rose score the game's only run.

The same page also notes a loss for a combined no-hitter:

Steve Barber (8 2/3 innings) and Stu Miller (1/3 inning) of the Baltimore Orioles lost a no-hitter to Detroit 2-1 on April 30, 1967. The Tigers got both their runs when Barber walked Norm Cash and Ray Oyler to start the top of the ninth. Earl Wilson (who started for Detroit and got the win) bunted them over. After Willie Horton popped up,...

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The NFL is well known for having some of the biggest athletes in pro sports with linemen in the league typically weighing over 300 lbs.

Often times, when you are watching a game with a relatively new viewer they will comment on how big and out of shape the offensive and defensive lineman look. However, while these players are very large, they are also very athletic.

Case in point is guard Michael Jasper, who is the heaviest player in the NFL at 375 lbs. During his pro day, he posted a 5.53 40-yard dash, he bench pressed 225 lbs 33 times in a row and had a vertical jump of 28 inches. Not bad for a guy who weighed 394 lbs at the time.

One of the most often used measures for healthy weight levels is the Body Mass Index (BMI) calculation which looks that the height and weight of an individual to determine a single number, which is referenced against category guidelines from very underweight (15 and under) to very obese (35 and over).

The Normal range is...

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Looks like it's not just us average Joes — even America’s professional baseball players have gotten heavier in the last few decades.

Researchers from Penn State and Northwestern University analyzed the height and weight of Major League Baseball (MLB) players over the last 145 years. For most of that time, the average weight and height of a player had stayed relatively steady, but that began to change in the early 1990s, the researchers found. After accounting for age, they found that the average MLB player who made his debut this current decade is much more likely to be overweight or obese than the players of old. More specifically, while 60 percent of the earlier generation’s debuting MLB players had a normal body mass index (BMI), only 20 percent of players today do. Seventy percent and 10 percent of these modern day players would be considered overweight and obese, respectively.

The findings were published late last September in Obesity Research and Clinical...

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Understanding the relationship between physical size and superior athletic performance has long been a focus for clinicians, sports scientists, collegiate recruiters, and professional scouts (1,3,10,11,22,25), with interest dating back to the end of the 19th century (2). Talent evaluators and researchers alike have attempted to determine the fundamental physical and physiological attributes that are most important for success in each sport, event, and position. However, as the anthropometrics of the general population have changed remarkably over time (5,7–9,13,17,24), so have the physical characteristics of the elite athlete population (14,16,18–20,26,27). Previous work by Norton and Olds (16) charted height, mass, and body mass index (BMI) changes for athletes in various sports over the 20th century. However, their work did not cover professional baseball, and in particular Major League Baseball (MLB) players.

Major League Baseball is one of the...

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Baseball has had all sort of body types take the field in its history. There have been very tall players, rather short players, hefty hefty hefty players and wimpy wimpy wimpy ones too.

Over at Beyond the Boxscore, Bill Petti does a very nice job, including a well-thought out bar chart, summarizing the “growth” of players both in terms of weight and height. I’m presenting a slightly different take on the matter.

Here at VORG, we’re not going to rehash the stories of Randy Johnson and Eddie Gaedel. That’s not how we roll. We’re going to investigate the anomalous players, and the overall “growth of the game” in terms of players’ BMIs.

For the uninitiated (or those who haven’t visited a doctor in some time), while BMI is in fact the code for Bloomington-Normal airport in central Illinois, here we are speaking of the Body Mass Index.

The body mass index (BMI), or Quetelet index, is a heuristic proxy for human body fat based on an individual’s weight and...
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When 6-foot-5, 250-pound Tyler Kolek goes off the board near the top of the 2014 draft, he will become the heaviest high school righthander ever selected in the first round.

In fact, we can find just five first-round righties in the first 49 years of draft history who were listed at 230 pounds or heavier at the time they were selected.* In order of appearance:

Even in such a small sample, the track record for the heaviest first-round prep righthanders is spotty. Hobgood and White have failed to reach the majors despite being the highest overall picks, while Hutchinson made just three mop-up relief appearances for the 2001 Cardinals, who signed him as a second-round pick out of Stanford in 1998 after he spurned the Braves out of high school.** D’Amico (4.61 ERA) and Juden (4.81 ERA) had windows of effectiveness in the majors, but despite large, supposedly durable frames, neither had more than two seasons in which they topped 160 innings.

This got us wondering...

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Walter Earnest Young, Jr. (February 18, 1980 – September 19, 2015) was a professional baseball player. He played part of one season in Major League Baseball for the Baltimore Orioles in 2005 as a first baseman and designated hitter.

He was known for his large size and his ability to hit towering home runs. Young was listed at 6 feet 5 inches (1.96 m) and 372 pounds (169 kg),[1] giving him a Body Mass Index of 38.2 (over 30 is considered "obese").[2] As of April 2015, his weight was the highest ever recorded by an active Major League Baseball player.[3]

Baseball career[edit]

Young was born in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. An accomplished high school football player at Purvis High School in Purvis, Mississippi, Young turned down a scholarship offer from LSU to sign with and play baseball for the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Young advanced steadily through the system, but before the 2004 season the Pirates released him. He was claimed on waivers by the Orioles and...

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Baseball is the only American sport played with real American bodies. The Twitter trolls and snarky sports critics who fat-shame the players and fans alike are delusional, and very, very wrong about the sport they claim to love. Baseball has never been about good nutritional choices or Herculean physiques. A 2010 Harvard University survey analyzing body mass index (BMI) found that more than 55 percent of professional baseball players are overweight.

Admittedly, BMI may not be the best gauge, because many professional athletes have huge BMIs, due more to muscle mass than fat. But take a long, honest look at the bodies in the typical MLB dugout, and it's pretty clear there are more beer guts than six-pack abs. Like it or not, the fatties of baseball are in the majority.

Baseball is unique among American sports traditions. It favors strength and power training at the complete expense of aerobics, and encourages participants to be comfortable in whatever size...

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