mortbert wrote:I've heard LOTS of comments about how overrated Lopez is and it seems as though the evidence for this is that he had this monster year simply because it was a contract year. . . but it is not as though he has been a slacker on the field who just decided to play harder. Back in February 2003 it was widely reported about the off-season changes he made in his diet and excercise routine. . . and the results were spectactular. So. . . unless I hear that he has gained back the weight or that his off-season workouts are different, why should I assume that he'll drop off the planet. . . will he it 40+ homeruns again? Possible and with the Baltimore lineup he could have an even bigger overall year. . Let's not forget that he had a better second half than first half last year.
Well, you could
contribute the off-season workout to him realizing he was in a contract year.
A couple weeks ago I was listening to ESPN radio and they were discussing that Javy gets like a massive bonus ($5 mil, I believe? Can anyone else confirm?) for keeping his weight within a three pound range. So it would seem the Orioles have the same concerns and are putting him to the test by offering him a nice treat.