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Orioles second baseman Jonathan Schoop drops weight, and expectations soar
Orioles second baseman Jonathan Schoop drops weight, and expectations soar

After a rookie season full of ups and downs, Orioles second baseman Jonathan Schoop wanted to spend this offseason focused on self-improvement. He found that opportunity back home in Curacao, where he spent the offseason training with a local soccer team to improve his agility. Instead of fielding grounders, Schoop dribbled a ball around cones. Soccer is big in Curacao, and was Caribbean island's most popular sport until a wave of players made it to the majors, a path blazed by slugger Andruw Jones and, more recently, a talented group of young middle infielders that includes Schoop, Atlanta Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons, Texas Rangers second baseman Jurickson Profar and New...

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