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Postby fantasyfiend » Sat Feb 26, 2005 7:52 pm

Considering he's had the same foot problem over the last 2 years, and last year a hammy injury, and was on that same cardinal team that blew away the division before september, he still had the most AB's in his career. (592)

The only game he took off in September last year was a september 5th game against the DOdgers. He played the rest of the month, even with a 10+ game lead in the NL central.

He's more healthy going into this season then he was mid-season last year.

I think individual season awards and accolades, along with home field advantage is enough incentive for superstars to demand to play every day...regardless of the teams overrall record.

It is very unlikely st louis murders the central division this year anyway. (but thats just my opinion)
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Postby NZF » Sat Feb 26, 2005 10:06 pm

mtarail wrote:I've changed my opinion on this a few times, but right now I'd say Vladdy.

Pujols is incredible, but I don't want to draft a guy with injury concerns with the 1st pick. I know, I know...He battled the same injury all last year and look what he did? But the fact that he's complaining about it NOW, before spring training has started is a big red flag, IMO.


Agree with this. I'm in the Vlad camp right now.
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Postby johnwesleyharding » Sat Feb 26, 2005 10:47 pm

we all know it is AP, VG or AR... but what if your league counts OB% and TB, both of which AP dominates... does that over rule concerns about his injury enough to draft over the other two?
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Postby rscharnell » Sat Feb 26, 2005 10:55 pm

Also consider he put up MVP numbers with a nagging heel last year, and the pain is less this year.

He played thru the pain last year, and I expect him to do so this year...

Take A.P.
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Postby CubsFan7724 » Sat Feb 26, 2005 11:16 pm

The foot thing is overrated. He put up excellent numbers with it last year, and when they had a huge lead they didn't bench him. Why would they do it this year?
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Postby The Jury » Sat Feb 26, 2005 11:36 pm

mtarail wrote:I've changed my opinion on this a few times, but right now I'd say Vladdy.

Arod is awesome, but with all the depth at 3B I'd rather wait a few rounds and get one of those other studs.

Pujols is incredible, but I don't want to draft a guy with injury concerns with the 1st pick. I know, I know...He battled the same injury all last year and look what he did? But the fact that he's complaining about it NOW, before spring training has started is a big red flag, IMO.


I don't dig that reasoning, as OF is much deeper than 3B. I'm going with A-Rod.
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Postby Kingctb27 » Sun Feb 27, 2005 2:24 am

The Jury wrote:
mtarail wrote:I've changed my opinion on this a few times, but right now I'd say Vladdy.

Arod is awesome, but with all the depth at 3B I'd rather wait a few rounds and get one of those other studs.

Pujols is incredible, but I don't want to draft a guy with injury concerns with the 1st pick. I know, I know...He battled the same injury all last year and look what he did? But the fact that he's complaining about it NOW, before spring training has started is a big red flag, IMO.


I don't dig that reasoning, as OF is much deeper than 3B. I'm going with A-Rod.

Well, 3b has alot more quality than OF does when you have to fill 3 OF spots, sure you can get Coco Crisp in the 16th round of your keeper draft. But with leagues usually being 12 teams deep, there are def. 12 better 3b as opposed to 36 Of's. Just my opinion.....

With all of that being said, Pujols is still easily the #1 pick in any league outside of an OBP league. Even then he might still be the best.... :-D
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