bigh0rt wrote:How many 40 year old non-pitchers are currently playing? How many have in the past five years? I've got to imagine its a staggeringly low number, probably less than 3. Maybe I'm way off. The only one who comes to mind is Raul Ibanez.
This year, Ibanez, Giambi, and Henry Blanco are the only ones (huzzah, Fangraphs). But most 40-year olds don't have contracts paying $20M per.
If these statements just mean that ARod won't be any good, that's fine. But calling it a "death sentence" for his career makes it sound (to me, anyway) like he won't be around the game anymore. That's possible -- I could imagine the Yankees just releasing him, just to be done with it. I'm not sure how that (or some other scenario, like retirement) is a done deal. ARod sticking around as a DH doesn't sound too far-fetched to me.