Last year was the only year thats Bags did not reach 30 homers, or 95 rbi's. Maybe it was a fluke. I sure hope so cause I just got him. Any predictions on Jeff this year? Can he somehow find away to get back over 30 homers, 100 rbi's, even without Beltran or Kent. Is it that out of the question? What do yall think?
No, his 40 HR, .300 avg and 130 RBI seasons are a thing of the past. Still, you have to love the durability of the guy. He's played at least 156 games for 6 straight seasons.
He is going to fall very low in drafts this year so you'll get him at good value for what he can still potentially do for your team over a full season. 30 HR's and 100 RBI's are still possible if Berkman plays most the year.
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I agree with NZF that he still has another year or two left in him. Definitely not any more than that though, as he's likely to retire when his contract retires. He's been a class act, and it's a shame the Astros couldn't resign Beltran to give Bags and Biggio one more legit shot at a WS. Not saying it can't happen without Carlos, but their chances are slim.
I heard last week that his shoulder is feeling MUCH better than it was last season. He said the cortisone shots have definately started to kick in. He's also changed his approach at the plate, he's going step way before the ball gets there and just throw his whole body into the ball. Biggio helped Bags out with it during the offseason so he's feeling great.
If Jason Lane, Chris Burke, and Lance Berkman all do their part in stepping up and being healthy, he can put up the #'s.
It's nice his shoulder feels good now ... since he hasn't started playing yet.
That's degenerative arthritis in the shoulder by the way, which is why you're hearing about cortisone shots in February. It ain't going away.
... and he ain't bouncing back. Very unfortunate. I loved what he brought to the game (and fantasy) for better than a decade.
The shoulder didn't effect his batting, he just can't throw as well with it. I with all of ya'll though, he's past his prime. Great ballplayer, but its slipping away. Would have loved to see Bags and Bigg win the big one, they both play ball the way it was meant to be played.
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