Re: So...Pujols sure does suck right now
Originally Posted by wheels
No way to prove anything, but I've always felt he was lying about his age. I don't think he was the product of anything more nefarious than that. He was simply doing what a lot ballplayers from the Dominican Republic have done for ages (heck, I lie about my age all the time).
It's catching up to him now. That's really the only logical explanation for his state of affairs. Can't say I really blame him, though.
Sort of. My guess is he's 3-4 years older. And the guilt of signing a 10 year deal knowing your skills will decline sooner rather than later has to weigh on anyone. So the "fix" is to try harder. Except baseball is a game where trying harder only makes it worse.
Sabermetrics can be boiled down to this simple truism: A batter's goal is to extend the inning. Extend enough innings and you're going to score runs. Extend more innings than your opponent and you're going to score more runs than him.