Syfo-Dyas wrote:Geek wrote:Syfo-Dyas wrote:What signs?
What expert (real baseball) did you talked to?
Or if you read it somewhere please post a Link.
Other than games played, home runs and RBIs declining two straight years and being off to the worst start in his career this year? And it's only May and he's already having health issues.
To put it another way--there are no signs from 2008-2010 that he is still an elite player. 2007 was the last season he put up elite numbers.
He is 35, showing decreasing productivity and increased injuries, falling over at least one statistical cliff (from 54 HRs in 2007 to 30 last year and on pace to hit 10 this year). Give me David Wright or Longoria over that any day.
He is done as an elite player cause he isnt hitting 50 bombs every year?
Or because he wasnt elite in April?
102 ABs 5 HR 11 RBI .235
This was his line in May 2007. Turned out that he wasnt declining.
So you say that 30+ 100+ is elite from Longoria and Wright but not elite from A-Rod in a short season?
I dont see it that way. He must go a full season without reaching 30 HRs 100 RBIs, before I say he is done as elite.
Although age can be a factor with injuries, it doesnt mean that it was a factor in A-Rod's injury.
A-Rod had 19 homeruns at the end of May 2007. He will have to catch fire to have 9 by the end of May 2010.
It takes more than 30/100 to count as elite at 3b, in my opinion. Maybe we have different definitions--I define elite as clearly belonging in the top 2-3 at his position (for SS, 2b, 3b, C--1b and OF are different stories obviously due to the depth at those positions) or at least a 2nd round value.
I'd say there are probably only two elite options at 3b--Longoria and Wright.
After that, you have A-Rod, Zimmermann, Youkilis, and maybe Mark Reynolds (I'm still a skeptic).
A-Rod is still going to be productive, but he's not a superstar performer anymore.