There's a lot of space between those numbers. I don't see Ichiro having his worst professional season this year.
It wouldn't necessarily be his worst season. He hit .312 and .321 in the two years before last year (I believe that's is the 49th time I've said that in this thread). The difference between those two averages and .310 is pretty slim. And theres a whole heck of a lot more involved than just batting average when judging a hitters season, overall.
There's just about always some luck involved, anyway...so, eventhough I said .310...I wouldn't be suprised at all with .320....or even .300.
It's a little funny how you're range for him has been going up slightly throughout the thread. First it was .300 (typo on your part) then .310, then .310-.315, and finally .310-.320. I have no comment on your things, because at least you are arguing nicely, and being contrite if you overlook something as Tavish pointed out. Just wanted to point out that interesting observation. Also I think Ichiro hit .312 one year, .321 another.
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How can only four people have listed Abreu? Do you people realize that last year, considered his "career year," he finished 27th in MVP voting? In WARP1 (wins above replacement level) from '98 through '04, he was ninth. The list of players above him?
1. Barry Bonds 87.2
2. Alex Rodriguez 70.6
3. Pedro Martinez 68.6
4. Randy Johnson 63.6
5. Todd Helton 62.5
6. Jeff Kent 60.6
7. Scott Rolen 59.8
8. Sammy Sosa 59.7
9. Bobby Abreu 58.4
10. Curt Schilling 58.2
also, on the ichiro thing -- if youre arguing about 5-6 draft spots thats not overrated or underrated -- thats simply peoples opinions and a MINOR change. When I see underrated I think of a player who goes in undrafted or in round 20 whos value should have him ten rounds minimum higher