I suspect they put just as much focus on it with veteran signings. I don't think the Sox obvious affection for each other and appreciation for playing in boston is an accident. Maybe Arod could put up his numbers and not have a negative impact to the team. It could very well happen, if it does, Manny, Ortiz Arod would be a site to see. But at the same time, I don't think we need it to win, and I am not sure it's worth the risk of making this team about ARod.
I think it's a valid opinion, so anyone here pretending they are getting paid for this, as opposed to posting in a minor leagues internet forums please lay off the insults.
Honestly, I think Boston is one of the few places A-Rod could play have a chance of the team NOT being about A-Rod. Depends on weather he considers that a plus or a minus. I'm beginning to think it's a plus, as if he wanted more money, his best bet would have been to squeeze the Yankee's for an extension with the Ranger subsidy by threatening to opt out.
He had an unsustainable .342 BABIP in 2007.
I didn't say it was a career year.
I said it was an outlier.
We need to keep a little perspective.
I think he was a little lucky this year, but not as much as people think. .342 isn't all that high, Manny has a career
BABIP of .337 over 15 years and almost 2000 games, after which point it ceases to be luck. Good hitters can usually increase their BABIP a little by going the opposite way, going with pitches, that sort of thing. Observationally, it look like Lowell was hitting a little smarter, using the field better, etc.
He could have been lucky this year, but it's also possible he learned something and the hitting coach deserves a bonus(Papi seems to have had a similar effect, which is why I think it could be an actual improvement.) If the adjustment takes, his BABIP could regress to the 320-330 range and he could still do pretty well.
Anyway, I think it's possible Lowell hit similar(probably a little less) to this year next year, although I think his age might catch him in about 2 years.
Edited by January, 12 November 2007 - 11:08 PM.