It's not the AS break. It's August. Last year he missed September, so it comes across that he's a first half player due to his overall lack of production after the AS break, but September he has an 813 OPS - not that bad, compared to his .694 OPS in August. Sure his best month is usually April, but all other months are usually at the same output, except for 2002 when he had a horrible August. This August was like that too but now in September he's back to being more like himself.
I don't know what it is about August, but it just kills him. Every other month seems to be fine....... I'll know for next year taht if I have another option, I'll use it. And according to Murphy's Law, and the law of averages, that will be the year that he evens out his lopsided monthly splits
"Jack, will you call me, if you're able?"
"I've got your phone number written, in the back of my Bible."