Field wrote:This will be a pretty quiet 50 HR season. Howard exceeded 50 last year and was the making ESPN headlines nightly.
Both are pretty comparable in value next year, although the AVG edge should be 20 points in Prince's favor.
Yeah, Fielder's a better pure hitter. He isn't afraid to go opposite field and as such I think his batting average should be ahead of Howard's in most seasons. Howard is capable of hitting .300 (as his MVP year showed), but I think he's equally capable of .250-.260. I think Fielder's going to sit mostly in the .280-.290s with a few seasons up to and over .300. Ryan Howard will be 28 at the start of next season, Fielder will be 23. He's only 23 years old -- he should actually get better. His plate discipline (and subsequently, batting average) should continue to improve.