Re: Point - Counterpoint
Some ballplayers age more gracefully than others, with or without "medication."
Who would have ever thought that Carlton Fisk would play so well for so long?
Frank Robby was "old" when the Reds dumped him to the O's for Pappas. Look what he did afterward.
Tony Perez was finished when the Reds traded him for Woody Fryman and Dale Murray. Boy, if the Reds could take back that trade!
This is one of the areas where active scouting, and experienced eyeballs on ballplayers may be more valuable than statistics. Statistical trends can give one a good idea, but live evaluators can tell one if a player can stretch his career by a year or two (or more), just by his speed, endurance, hand-eye coordination, etc.