Those of you who have been long time followers of MillersTime/GoSox (all three of you) no doubt know that I am a big fan of Wash. Post sports writer Thomas Boswell. I always feel I learn something from his columns.
He wrote another one the other day entitled A Different Kind of Moneyball, wherein he looked at the recent deals with Pujols (and to a lesser degree the ones with Reyes, Wilson, Buehrle, and Bell) and asks, “How much is too much?”
The article is worth reading, in part because of the chart below, where Boswell takes a look at ‘how 15 of baseballs greatest hitters fared after turning 32.’
For those of you who love ‘inside baseball,’ Here’s more grist for the mill.
(Note for the table below – Williams (5) DiMaggio (3), Musial (1), and Mays (1) lost a total of 10 full seasons in their primes for WWII and/or Korea. Average games through age 31 should be 1700)
|OPS+ Before||OPS+ After||Games Before||Games After|
|Age 32||Age 32||Age 32||Age 32|
|Average of 16||170||154||1,612|