Monday, July 18, 2011

Dodger Sport Science

There are some big players on the Dodgers, not just in putting up great numbers this year, but also in the size of the waistband. But are the Dodgers really that fat? Do "Dinner" Navarro and Juan "I cracked a rib with that swing and then ate it" Uribe really tip the scales? One way to measure obesity is by one's Body Mass Index (BMI) which calculates the weight in kg divided by the height in meters squared. Underweight is <18.5, Normal is 18.5-24.9, Overweight is 25-29.9, and Obese is >30. I realize that there are some limitations to this calculation, but it proved for some interesting results. Using the roster heights and weights published by the Dodgers website, I came up with the following:

No surprise here with rail thin Dee Gordon having the lowest BMI. Interesting to see Rubby on this list as he appears bigger than what I thought. Guess the camera really does add 10 pounds.

The bell curve holds true with a majority in this category. I thought Belly would have been in the next category, but with a BMI of 29.7 he just sneaks in under the cutoff. Rivera also barely makes it with a 29.5 BMI.

And the winner, winner, chicken dinner is....Jonathan Broxton. I was actually surprised to see thunder thighs Bills so far up on the list. Also HCK is right there with the big boys - wonder how much a cadaver ulnar collateral ligament weighs? Well, there you have it sports fans, SOSG bringing you the data on such weighty issues.

14 comments:

Jason said...

Just what this blog needed, a BMI label.

*Drinks extra-high-caloric beer*

Eric Karros said...

Do you have a chart for SoSG readers?

Eric Karros said...

FYI Prince Fielder's BMI = 38.4

Eric Karros said...

Manute Bol BMI = 19.1.

So you can fit two Manute Bol BMI's inside one of Prince Fielder's and still have 0.2 to spare.

Josh S. said...

Despite dropping 20+ pounds recently, I'm still at the "Overweight" ceiling.

Fuck you, Science.

Central Valley Fan said...

Having had a gastric bypass, dropping 190lbs, being 6'3" and weighing 207, I'm still overweight till I get to 195!

Mr. Customer said...

Yeah, nothing like losing a bit, only to be reminded that one is still solidly within the fat-ass bracket.

*cries*

Eric Karros said...

CVF, you really dropped 190 lbs? That's awesome. That's basically shedding Rafael Furcal.

Dropping 20+ lbs is awesome too, BTW.

Jason said...

Dropping 20+ lbs, that's basically shedding an entire Juan Uribe snack.

Jason said...

I think I would be the other cheek in Mr. C's fat-ass bracket.

*sobs*

Eric Karros said...

Actually, dropping 190 is basically shedding Juan Uribe's batting average

Paul said...

For those of you feeling bad about your BMI,it says the pretty much every linebacker in the NFL is overweight. I think that is why Kuo is so high. Dude is a beast.

So anyways Mr. C = Ray Lewis.

Eric Karros said...

Mr C - if you've hit a wall losing weight, maybe work on getting taller? In fact that should reduce BMI even faster cuz it's squared.

armouris said...

more info on body mass index here - Body Adiposity Index (BAI) Better Than Body Mass Index (BMI)