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Seattle Mariners infield prospect Nick Franklin is looking to gain weight. The 21-year-old wants to bulk up for the upcoming year to better prepare himself for handling the rigors of a long baseball season, but he is not relying dietary supplements like most other pro athletes would. Instead, Franklin has just been stuffing his face and pounding shakes.
According to The Seattle Times, Franklin has been on a 6,500 calorie-per-day diet since last fall. The regimen includes alternating meals between an Italian restaurant, a Mexican restaurant and a pasta bakery. He has also taken a liking to milkshakes.
“Last year, during the season, I felt my body starting to collapse on me,” Franklin said. “At the end of August, I weighed 162 pounds and I was hitting balls to the gap that probably should have been out and they ended up going off the wall. One of them bounced to the wall. Those balls could have been out, so I wanted to put a lot of weight on and try to get to at least 200 pounds by th...
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Mariners prospect Nick Franklin showed up at spring training nearly 35 pounds heavier than he weighed at the end of last season. He credits a daily intake of 6,500 calories.
Usually, reporting to spring training is a time when players make news for how much weight they’ve lost. Just this year, for instance, Josh Hamilton made news for showing up to Angels camp in Tempe 20 pounds lighter than he played at last season.
Well, tell that to Mariners infield prospect Nick Franklin.
According to The Seattle Times, Franklin, who is 6-foot-1, spent the 2012...
Whenever we see anyone in professional sports get bigger, we figure it had to be something that we injected from a bottle. We are so jaded by steroids and HGH, that we just roll our eyes at anyone gaining weight. But sometimes, just sometimes, there are guys doing it the old fashion way. Take Seattle Mariners prospect Nick Franklin for example. The 165 pound shortstop has to run...
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