Originally posted on Seattle Times  |  Last updated 2/17/12
One of the interesting things that came out of my chat with Blake Beavan this morning was a story he relayed to me about his father. Turns out dad had played some college hoops in his day and is a pretty big guy who knows about working out. Anyhow, here's what father half-kiddingly said to son late last year. "He told me, maybe when you turn 23, you'll get your 'Man Strength','' Beavan said. "He'd always tell me I had little boy strength. Well, now I'm 23, so I guess maybe I'm getting there. I want to believe my Dad. Maybe I'm getting my man strength, finally.'' And that's when it hit me. Beavan Sr. had hit upon the very phrase I've been looking for going on several years to describe the process in which young major leaguers become men. I've used words like "maturation process'' and "becoming a pro" to describe it. But it's usually a physical and mental combination. We've all seen it, where younger draft picks finally lose their baby fat and put on the kind of physique you'd expec...
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