There’s no delicate way to put this.
Sometimes when a player gets old, he loses certain skills, skills that make him good at baseball.
When he loses those skills, the people who once adored him turn bitter and say mean things like, “He sucks” or “He’s a bum.” (The latter being people born before the 1929 stock market crash.)
They don’t really mean it, they’re just sad that he isn’t as good as he used to be. They’re frustrated that an athlete with such rare natural gifts has regressed into something so ordinary.
But to save you the heartbreak caused by age-related athlete withdrawal, let’s get to the harsh truth.
THESE MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL PLAYERS AREN’T GOOD ANYMORE.
Whew. Isn’t that better?
Now it’s all on the table. You can stop holding your breath for a bounce-back year or a late-career revival.
It’s over. They’re over.
It was a nice career, but for these fast-faders on the wrong side of 30—or 40—there are certain things they can never get back from their body, baseball being one of them.
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