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  1. Berkman was a 35-year-old first-baseman-slash-DH that hit 30+ home runs in the 2000s. There’s 34 of those seasons.

    These 2 sentences are the basis of your article and I have no idea what they mean? Am I missing something?

    Comment by Kevin — November 30, 2011 @ 10:51 am

  2. Nevermind, I think I’ve got it. Could have been written a little clearer though imo.

    Comment by Kevin — November 30, 2011 @ 10:57 am

  3. I cleaned it up a little I hope

    Comment by Eno Sarris — November 30, 2011 @ 12:08 pm

  4. The thing that all of those bounce back guys had in common, except Ibanez I suppose, was at least league average at controlling the strikezone. Say what you like, but Carlos Lee, Vladdy (as much as I love him), and Soriano have never been accused of that. I’m with you on Hafner and Drew, though. I guess I’ll throw Werth and Bay out there too. They aren’t 35 yet, but Bay looks as washed up as Berkman did for sure.

    Comment by lookatthathat — November 30, 2011 @ 1:12 pm

  5. “Lance Berkman came out nowhere last year. 35 years old and coming off a career-low in home runs, he looked like toast. When the Cardinals signed the player some call “Fat Elvis” to play in the outfield for the first time since 2007, it seemed like a bust. Some of us even said so.”

    This seems pretty hyperbolic to me. Sure, he looked like he *might* be toast, but there were plenty of people who were pretty optimistic that he’d bounce back after just one bad year. It’s not like he was crap in ’09 (.386 wOBA), and in ’08 he was worth almost 8 WAR (.419 wOBA). I doubt anyone expected him to be as good as he was, but given his career history, “out of nowhere” seems extreme, and it wasn’t unreasonable to think he’d get back to ~.380 wOBA (if not the ~.400 he put up).

    I’d think a better comp for this would be Adam Dunn- one bad year after a long career of success. Sure, the age is off, but most of the guys you’ve listed have been in a tailspin a lot longer then Berkman was.

    Comment by Todd — December 1, 2011 @ 3:34 am

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