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Roger Bernadina Has Become Baseball’s Most Impressive-Looking Fourth Outfielder

I don’t have any evidence by which to gauge that statement, but it’s got to be true. Before Wednesday, Washington National Roger Bernadina was known as a reserve outfielder with some tools. He’s 26 years old and has a .670 OPS in 494 at-bats in the majors. Last season, he hit 11 home runs and stole 11 bases. He batted .246 and appeared to have the physique of your typical lanky ballplayer.

Now he’s going to be known as that guy who apparently underwent offseason surgery to have Albert Belle’s biceps (circa 1997) attached to his frame. Bernadina caught everyone’s eye when he reported to camp today and when asked about the bulk, he said he added 10 pounds of muscle during the offseason.

He must have forgotten to weigh the other arm.

This is Bernadina’s Garciaparra moment. I’m not suggesting steroids or any of that garbage in the slightest. It’s just that when you read about Bernadina adding upper-body strength and then look at that picture in the Washington Post, it’s impossible not to be thrown for a loop. The reality far surpasses expectation. You look at the new Bernadina and wonder out loud, “Where the hell did that come from?” Bernadina’s arms are basically the 2008 Tampa Bay Rays.

Mike Morse and Rick Ankiel probably stand in Bernadina’s way of earning the starting left-field gig in Washington. He may come out on the short end, but at least he is looking the part — the part of a linebacker. I figure it will work in a corner outfield spot, too.

  1. Frank Ladolcetta
    February 17, 2011 at 6:14 am

    Guy got almost as jacked as I was lol.. Love the jacked as shit bro reference!

    • February 17, 2011 at 11:27 am

      Was? What do you mean, “was”? Frank, you’ll always be jacked as shit to me. ❤

  2. Padrick
    February 17, 2011 at 7:46 am

    He looks like David Boston.

    • February 17, 2011 at 11:28 am

      That’s a good one. Didn’t think about him.

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