I know most will disagree with me, but I think Manny's on the decline and has been since the second half of last year. His reaction time and batting eye seem to have deteriorated. He's just not the same hitter he used to be. He should continue to hit for power, and the Bosox line-up will provide him plenty of RBI and run opps, but his days of 300+ average are gone.
I'm sure his mother's health may be distracting, but this slide began in July of last year and has not abated. Nor would I put arthritis at the top of the list of worrisome illnesses. Also, I'm generally skeptical when professional athletes blame their poor performance on family distractions. To me, that sounds like an excuse when nothing better is available.
Manny may yet turn it around. But my money says otherwise.
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