wildbill wrote:Isn't he old in baseball terms? Some players just hit a brick wall and decline rapidly instead of slowly fading away. Maybe he's just one of those that rapidly declines. I know I've read (well skimmed) a few articles that talked about Maggs, which seemed to imply they believe its a case of diminished skills.
Well, "the wall" can hit any player, regardless of their quality and consistency, on the wrong side of 30. And yeah, that's my concern too ... that Maggs has hit it. Early on, I was skeptical (or maybe "self-deluded" is more accurate
) of the reports of Maggs decline. A few writers made a big point of Maggs big decline from 2007 to 2008. But I thought of Maggs 2007 season as an outlier. If you toss that out, Maggs has been pretty consistent (on a per-game basis) since turning 30.
But this season has been awfully disheartening, especially since Maggs was drafted for his consistency. Thinking like: I'll take the "money" 80/20/100/0.300 line for my OF spot now, instead of being stuck with later round gambles in my starting lineup.