nuggets wrote:I have to but Bonds, Larry Walker(obviously he is tailing off now), Pujols, Helton and Abreu as "always" having been the best NL hitters and with zero exceptions. Then you have Edmonds, Thome, Beltran, Rolen and others you could argue being better than Berkman.
Well, that's your opinion, and as such, you are entitled to hold it. That's why I purposely made my statement vague. I don't agree with Walker and Abreu being in your top tier, but I also don't agree with your classification that those five hitters are "the best" with "zero exceptions".
You're putting a limit on the definition of "best". Do you mean top five? Certainly would appear so. But "best" is a vague term, one that is open to a great deal of interpretation. And that's the way I intended for it to be when I first used the phrase "one of the best". I didn't even know I had Berkman that high when I said it. I simply meant that he is an excellent hitter, and one that is worthy of consideration with the league's elite, which, by the way, is another purposely vague term. I should add that three years is a lot more history than some of the game's hitters today have.
In summary, considering that Berkman has only recently returned from his injury, I think it would be reasonable to allow for an adjustment period. Did anyone really think that he was going to come bounding out of the gate, cranking out multi-hit game after multi-hit game? It would have been foolishly optimistic to think so.
If you sell "high" now, you'll likely be taking a loss on a player who has many, many productive seasons ahead of him, in my opinion. Yes, he is an injury risk, but how much of a future risk do you really see him as? It's not like his knee is breaking down because of wear and tear and old age like Randy Johnson or Barry Bonds. It was a single traumatic event to his knee, one that is not certain to be repeated in the future. An ACL reconstruction has a 95% success rate. I like those odds, personally.