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April 17, 2008
BASEBALL: Aging Before Our Eyes

Turns out Miguel Tejada has been lying about his age, and just turned 34, not 32. Oddly, unlike some players whose ages are adjusted, the arc of Tejada's career makes a lot more sense if he was still 32, since this means he basically had his best season at 30 and his best batting average at 32. Anyway, adjust your long-term expectations downward.

Posted by Baseball Crank at 11:41 PM | Baseball 2008 | Comments (3) | TrackBack (0)
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All I know is that he is playing like a perennial all-star and has the kind of rookie-esque enthusiasm that is highly contagious both in the clubhouse and on the diamond. Us Astros fans don't care if he's a senior citizen at this point, just keep making the highlight reel, Miggy!

Posted by: macsonix at April 18, 2008 3:29 AM

hmmm...best season at 30? how would one go about having his best season after his physical prime? i wonder...

Posted by: bwan at April 18, 2008 3:08 PM

Right bwan, 'cause "steroids" are the magic pill explanation for every successful player after his "prime." No variety in the performances of humans or anything, right? Take a trip to baseball-reference and look at players across the ages. Know what you'll see? Variety.

Hell, I don't even blame Tejada. (I read that his Green Card and birth certificate has the correct dates.) A kid poorer than any of us can imagine with a chance to make more money than any of us can imagine? Why not? What's more, this isn't really even a "story." Tejada's age has been in question for years.

Posted by: Kent at April 19, 2008 4:14 PM
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