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Erboes wrote:I've read here and other places that Sosa will have a huge year next season due to his 30 homers and 67 rbi's over the last three months of this season. A look at the numbers over this period makes me wonder about this assertion.
The numbers show that over this period all his other stats declined. He stopped drawing walks (24), doubles were none existent (8) and his average was only .266. It appears to me that he sacrificed everything else for those power numbers. As a life long student of the game, I know power hitters as they age -- and Sosa's 35 or, if you believe the rumors, much older -- tend to cheat as their bat slows in order to keep their power numbers up. Could this be happening to Sammy? Watching him at the end of the season and in the playoffs certainly draws me to that conclusion. Is he nothing more than a .260, 40 homer, 120 hitter now or is there an injury that lies behind this?
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