knapplc wrote: mweir145 wrote:
knapplc wrote:Pertaining to Bonds' "blackballing," his age plays a factor. He wasn't blackballed until he was what? 43? While he could still hit and would have been a better DH than 4/5ths of the guys in the AL at that age, the very fact that he was 43 years old has to play some factor.
He had a 1.039 OPS in his final season. It's probable that he would have been one of the better DH's in the league in 2008 if he was allowed to play.
It's also more likely than for most players that his body would have broken down at some point, being 43 years old.
It would have to happen eventually (despite his steroid/HGH use preserving him), but there were no signs that his offensive production was going to fall off a cliff. He was one of the best hitters in the league in his final season.
Although...at least they didn't blackball him before he broke the record. That would have been especially disappointing to me.