It’s no secret to anyone that Phil Hughes had a bad year last year. By his own admission, he was out of shape (read HERE) and because of that, had a hard time staying healthy and at the top of his game. It’s hard to forget the feelings of hope mixed with fear when Joe Girardi called Hughes to the stage. More often than not, Hughes failed to deliver a solid, consistent and reliable game during the 2011 season.What a difference a winter makes. While other players were still enjoying sitting around the hot stove, Hughes went to work early. He’s been working out 4 days a week, and replaced a substantial amount of his body weight with lean muscle mass. At 25 years old, he weighs thesame as he did last year- but his 6’5, 240 lb. frame is now packed with increased strength and solid muscle. He...

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