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Orioles' Jonathan Schoop hopes slimmer frame adds speed in second season
Orioles' Jonathan Schoop hopes slimmer frame adds speed in second season

A year after Orioles second baseman Jonathan Schoop won the starting job out of spring training and kept it all season long, he is trying to build on his rookie season by slimming down. Orioles manager Buck Showalter told the crowd at FanFest on Saturday that Schoop was down to 225 pounds from a 2014 spring training weight of 231 pounds, and Schoop said he was aiming to play at around 220 pounds this season. “I wanted to cut some weight to move better, get my range higher and try to get some speed on the bases, too, try and put pressure on their defense,” Schoop said. Schoop, 23, spent his offseason running and training in Curacao alongside fellow major leaguers Andrelton...

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