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Players Weigh Up

Posted by Raphy on October 6, 2008

I knew that this was a trend, but I didn't realize how sharp a trend it was.

Number of MLB players weighing 250 lbs. or more.

 2008     23 Prince Fielder / Jose Valverde / Tyler Walker / Bobby Jenks / Frank Thomas / J.J. Putz / Boof Bonser / Carlos Zambrano / Justin Masterson / Nick Blackburn / Adam Russell / Chris Young / C.C. Sabathia / Jason Botts / Chris Britton / Jeff Fulchino / Brad Nelson / Bartolo Colon / Chad Paronto / Jeff Niemann / Eddie Kunz / Jason Hirsh / Ryan Bukvich 
 2006     19 Prince Fielder / Frank Thomas / J.J. Putz / Bobby Jenks / Andrew Sisco / Chad Paronto / Chris Britton / Jose Valverde / Carlos Zambrano / Chris Young / C.C. Sabathia / Tyler Walker / Jason Botts / Boof Bonser / Bartolo Colon / Jason Hirsh / Joel Guzman / Colter Bean / Jeff Fulchino 
 2007     18 Prince Fielder / Frank Thomas / J.J. Putz / Bobby Jenks / Jose Valverde / Jason Botts / Ryan Bukvich / Chad Paronto / Carlos Zambrano / C.C. Sabathia / Boof Bonser / Chris Young / Andrew Sisco / Bartolo Colon / Jason Hirsh / Joel Guzman / Tyler Walker / Jonathan Albaladejo 
 2005     17 Andrew Sisco / Tyler Walker / J.J. Putz / Jose Valverde / Prince Fielder / Carlos Zambrano / Frank Thomas / Bartolo Colon / Bobby Jenks / Chris Young / C.C. Sabathia / J.J. Davis / Walter Young / Jason Botts / Calvin Pickering / Ryan Bukvich / Colter Bean 
 2004     13 Frank Thomas / J.J. Putz / Tyler Walker / Bucky Jacobsen / Calvin Pickering / Bartolo Colon / Carlos Zambrano / C.C. Sabathia / Jose Valverde / J.J. Davis / Ryan Bukvich / Chris Young / Jeff D'Amico 
 2003     10 Frank Thomas / Jose Valverde / Bartolo Colon / Carlos Zambrano / C.C. Sabathia / Jeff D'Amico / J.J. Davis / Ryan Bukvich / Chad Paronto / J.J. Putz 
 2002     10 Frank Thomas / C.C. Sabathia / Carlos Zambrano / Chad Paronto / Jeff D'Amico / Rich Garces / Ryan Bukvich / Bartolo Colon / J.J. Davis / Tyler Walker 
 2001      9 Rich Garces / Bartolo Colon / C.C. Sabathia / Chad Paronto / Frank Thomas / Calvin Pickering / Bobby Munoz / Jeff D'Amico / Carlos Zambrano 
 1999      7 Frank Thomas / Bartolo Colon / Rich Garces / Calvin Pickering / Steve Rain / Jeff Juden / Jeff D'Amico 
 1998      6 Frank Thomas / Bartolo Colon / Rich Garces / Calvin Pickering / Bobby Munoz / Jeff Juden 
 1997      6 Frank Thomas / Jeff D'Amico / Bartolo Colon / Rich Garces / Bobby Munoz / Jeff Juden 
 2000      5 Frank Thomas / Rich Garces / Steve Rain / Bartolo Colon / Jeff D'Amico 
 1996      5 Frank Thomas / Rich Garces / Jeff Juden / Jeff D'Amico / Bobby Munoz 
 1995      5 Frank Thomas / Jeff Juden / Sam Horn / Rich Garces / Bobby Munoz 
 1993      5 Frank Thomas / Bobby Munoz / Sam Horn / Rich Garces / Jeff Juden 
 1994      4 Frank Thomas / Bobby Munoz / Willie Smith / Jeff Juden 
 1990      4 Sam Horn / Frank Thomas / Chuck Malone / Rich Garces 
 1991      3 Frank Thomas / Sam Horn / Jeff Juden      
 1989      3 Joey Meyer / Sam Horn / Tim Stoddard      
 1988      3 Joey Meyer / Tim Stoddard / Sam Horn      

In every other season there were no more than 2.

Of course there are many different reasons that a player can weigh that much...

Here are the teams with the most in 2008.

 2008 NL Milwaukee Brewers                      3 Prince Fielder / C.C. Sabathia / Brad Nelson 
 2008 AL Boston Red Sox                         2 Justin Masterson / Bartolo Colon          
 2008 AL Chicago White Sox                      2 Bobby Jenks / Adam Russell                
 2008 NL Houston Astros                         2 Jose Valverde / Chad Paronto              
 2008 AL Minnesota Twins                        2 Boof Bonser / Nick Blackburn              
 2008 AL Baltimore Orioles                      1 Ryan Bukvich                              
 2008 NL Chicago Cubs                           1 Carlos Zambrano                           
 2008 AL Cleveland Indians                      1 C.C. Sabathia                             
 2008 NL Colorado Rockies                       1 Jason Hirsh                               
 2008 AL Kansas City Royals                     1 Jeff Fulchino                             
 2008 NL New York Mets                          1 Eddie Kunz                                
 2008 AL New York Yankees                       1 Chris Britton                             
 2008 AL Oakland Athletics                      1 Frank Thomas                              
 2008 NL San Diego Padres                       1 Chris Young                               
 2008 AL Seattle Mariners                       1 J.J. Putz                                 
 2008 NL San Francisco Giants                   1 Tyler Walker                              
 2008 AL Tampa Bay Rays                         1 Jeff Niemann                              
 2008 AL Texas Rangers                          1 Jason Botts                               
 2008 AL Toronto Blue Jays                      1 Frank Thomas                              

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9 Responses to “Players Weigh Up”

  1. damthesehigheels Says:

    i refuse to believe that cecil fielder didn't ever weigh in at 250+.

  2. What is your source? Both Joe Blanton and Ryan Howard are listed on the Phillies' web site as weighing 255, yet neither appears on your list.

  3. Cecil Fielder never got a proper weigh in, he always broke the scale.

  4. Fielder's weight was officially listed as "Three Spins".

  5. JohnnyTwisto Says:

    Obviously the source is B-R, which probably takes whatever weight figures are provided when a player first reaches the majors and doesn't update them. The individual numbers will not be accurate no matter where you get them, but in the aggregate they do illuminate an interesting trend.

  6. Perhaps a way to counter that is to see what the average increase in a person's weight is over a 10 year span (minimum for full pension for a player) and search by 250 minus that amount

  7. B-R has Big Daddy Fielder (that name seems even more appropriate now than when he was playing) at 6-03 240.

    Here are the other player listed with the same figures.
    1 Garrett Mock 6.03 240 2008 2008
    2 Rafael Medina 6.03 240 1998 1999
    3 Pete Ladd 6.03 240 1979 1986
    4 Travis Hafner 6.03 240 2002 2008
    5 Cecil Fielder 6.03 240 1985 1998
    6 Erubiel Durazo 6.03 240 1999 2005
    7 Bobby Bonilla 6.03 240 1986 2001

  8. he's listed as 6'6" and 240 but i gotta imagine adam dunn tips the scales somewhere north of 250 lbs.

  9. Ballpark Guy Says:

    Jonathan Broxton, the Dodgers new closer, weighs 290 pounds.