The off-season didn't seem to be a great one for Braves first baseman Randall Simon, who was a) infamously called "a fat monkey" by John Rocker; b) relegated to backup first baseman by the return to action of Andres Galarraga; and c) knocked down to third string by the acquisition of veteran Wally Joyner. Bad luck, huh? "Not at all," says Simon. "I played winter ball in the Dominican, and I played well. That's what's important—what I can control." Simon, 24, can also control the bat, which is why—after hitting .317 with five homers and 25 RBIs in 90 games last season—he'll be a key lefthanded bat off the bench for Atlanta. That's provided the six-foot Simon can control something else—his weight, which has ballooned to as much as 235 pounds. "It's always been a problem," says Simon, who reported to camp weighing a more svelte 225. "I was chubby as a kid, and it's never gotten easier."