Meet Our ShapeFit Team - Professional Baseball Players
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Our Team - Professional Baseball Players
Our team of
contributing baseball experts all have professional experience and many have been
part of world champion professional baseball teams. They bring their extensive
baseball knowledge and expertise to provide in-depth articles on different areas
of baseball such as hitting and fielding tips, agility training, explosive speed
drills and proper mental preparation techniques. Our all pro team members have
developed the baseball sections included in our FitTracker
fitness tracking program. They provide their professional experience to help all
of our clients from little leaguers to college athletes to weekend warriors learn
more about the game of baseball and help them develop into bigger, stronger, faster
and smarter players.
St. Petersburg, Florida
Kurt was drafted and signed in the 1993 Major League
Baseball Draft as a third baseman in the 6th round (4th pick) by the New York
Yankees. He played a total of 10 seasons in the minor-leagues, earning All-Star
honors several times at various levels (A, AA, AAA) and at multiple positions
(first base and outfield). Kurt is also Vice President of ShapeFit where his knowledge
and experience as a professional athlete has helped him develop many of the sports
related content within the FitTracker
Boynton Beach, Florida
Chris Ashby has enjoyed a lengthy 14 year minor league
career. Originally drafted as a catcher by the New York Yankees in the 28th round
of the 1992 Amateur Draft, Chris has excelled at multiple positions throughout
his career. Chris possesses tremendous power at the plate and one of the strongest
arms anywhere. 1997 was Chris's best year as he hit 24 homeruns along with 82
RBI while in the Eastern League (AA) playing for the Norwich Navigators (NYY).
Chris is currently with the Florida Marlins organization and is preparing for
his 15th professional baseball season.
Palm Harbor, Florida
Lyle Mouton is one of the best overall athletes around.
Lyle was a baseball and basketball star at Louisiana State University prior to
being selected in the 5th round of the 1991 Amateur Baseball draft by the New
York Yankees. He was a member of LSU's first national championship baseball team.
He was a top prospect who played his first professional game in the shadow of
Cooperstown at Single A Oneonta of the NewYork-Penn League. He has played in nine
minor-league cities for five major-league organizations and also played in Japan.
He has had stints with the Chicago White Sox, Baltimore Orioles and Milwaukee
Brewers. Lyle's particular baseball strengths are the ability to hit with 'light
tower power' to all fields as well as the athletic ability to play all three outfield
positions. Lyle enjoyed 11 years in professional baseball, 7 of those in the Major
Alonzo Powells baseball ability could be summed
up in two words: professional hitter. Zo, as his teammates called
him, was only 22 years old when he broke into the Major Leagues with the Montreal
Expos in 1987. After short stints in the big leagues with Montreal and later the
Seattle Mariners, Zo had the opportunity to play in Japan. As it turned out, Zo
became one of the greatest hitters in Japanese baseball history. After winning
the Central League batting titles in 1994, '95 and '96, Zo became the first American
to win three crowns and, along with Shigeo Nagashima and the legendary Sadaharu
Oh, only the third player ever to win three in a row. Alonzo retired as a player
in 2001 and is currently a manager in the Cincinnati Reds organization where he
is able to share his tremendous baseball knowledge with promising young players
on a daily basis.
San Diego, California
Shane Spencer is a true testament to the word persistence.
After spending 8 years in the minor leagues with the New York Yankees, the burly
righty (5' 11", 225 lbs.) finally got his shot in 1998 and he made the most
of it. Shane exploded on to the big-league scene with a display of raw power,
slamming a major league record 11 home runs in 81 at bats in September and October
of 1998. Probably the most significant fact about Shane's baseball career is that
he was a member of 8 championship teams- all while with the Yankee organization-
5 in the minor leagues and 3 World Series titles with New York. Shane enjoyed
7 years in the Major Leagues and is currently signed for the 2006 season with
the Hanshin Tigers in Japan for his second season there.
Charles "Bubba" Carpenter
Professional Baseball Expert
Charles "Bubba" Carpenter spent the majority
of his 12+ year professional baseball career in the New York Yankee organization,
mostly with the Columbus Clippers (AAA). Bubba holds various Clipper and International
League records as a left handed hitting outfielder. Bubba made his Major League
debut in the year 2000 with the Colorado Rockies. Bubba is the most fit of all
of our ShapeFit.com professional athlete consultants, sporting a ridiculously
ripped, all natural, 6% bodyfat level! Throughout his entire baseball career,
beginning in high school, continuing in college at the University of Arkansas
and then in professional baseball, Bubba has always followed a clean diet and
strenuous workout program. Bubba is a true model of consistency, on the baseball
diamond, at the dinner table and at the gym.
Scott Eyre has been playing professional baseball
since he was drafted by the Texas Rangers in the 9th round of the 1991 Amateur
draft. Scott has enjoyed 9 years in the Major Leagues as a left-handed relief
pitching specialist and recently signed a two-year contract with the Chicago Cubs.
Scott has been one of the premier left-handed pitching specialists in the National
League over the past few years. In 2005, Scott was 2-2 with a 2.63 ERA in a career-high
86 games with the San Francisco Giants, striking out 65 over 68 1/3 innings. Left-handers
hit .182 against him last season, while right-handers didn't fare much better,
batting .213. Scott has appeared in at least 70 games each of the last four seasons
and led the National League with 86 appearances in 2005.
Santa Monica, California
Tony Tarasco is a former Major League baseball outfielder
for the Atlanta Braves, Montreal Expos, Baltimore Orioles, Cincinnati Reds, New
York Yankees, and New York Mets from 1993 to 2002. A multi-talented left handed
hitting outfielder, Tony is most famous for trying to catch a fly ball hit by
Derek Jeter in the eighth inning of Game 1 of the 1996 American League Championship
Series between Tarasco's Orioles and the opposing Yankees. Instead, 12 year old
fan Jeffrey Maier reached over the fence and caught the ball. A home run was called,
although the correct call was likely fan interference. The play was considered
a turning point in the series, which the Yankees won. Tony also played with the
Hanshin Tigers in the Japanese Central League together with Tsuyoshi Shinjo in
2000. Tony also played for the New York Mets in 2002.
Creighton "Gube" Gubanich made his major
league debut in 1999 with the Boston Red Sox. Gube is only the 4th player in Major
League Baseball history to hit a grand slam in his first Major League at-bat.
Gube was also a member of the 2000 AAA World Series Champion Indianapolis Indians
(AAA- Brewers). Throughout his career, Gube was primarily a catcher, but also
played DH and first and third base occasionally. Gube battled through several
knee surgeries during his 13 year professional baseball career and credits proper
training and nutrition as keys to his rehabilitation and extension of his career.
Liberty Hill, Texas
Trey Hillman has been in professional baseball for
over 20 years. Trey is considered by many as one of the classiest and most qualified
baseball people in the business. Trey is an alumnus of the University of Texas
at Arlington where he was a stand-out baseball player and was named to the UTA
Athletic Hall of Honor in 1992. Trey spent 13 years in the New York Yankees organization
primarily as a manager at every level and won three Manager of the Year awards
and guided his teams to three first-place finishes. In 2002, Trey was named Director
of Player Development for the Texas Rangers. The following year, Trey signed a
two-year contract to be the manager of the Nippon Ham Fighters of the Japanese
professional baseball's Pacific League and is still currently their manager. Trey
works out regularly, consistently running 3 to 5 miles per day at least 4 days
per week in addition to maintenance weight training.
Matt Drews was the first round draft pick of the
New York Yankees in 1993 as a right handed pitcher. Matt was one of the most sought
after athletes ever to come out of Sarasota (Florida) High School as he was a
blue-chip recruit of virtually every major college baseball, football and basketball
teams. At 6 feet 8 inches tall and a fastball consistently in the mid 90's, it
is no surprise that Matt was so highly touted. Matt enjoyed seven years of professional
baseball, playing in the Yankees', Tigers' and Devil Rays' organizations, respectively.