Originally Posted by M2
RB, no doubt Bonds' production after age 35 was preposterous. However, I will note that people are aging slower than they used to. Better nutrition, easier/healthier living, better medical care. At age 46 I am in way better shape and look more than a decade younger than my grandparents did at my age. My expectation is that more players will continue to flourish through their 30s and into their 40s.
True enough, but while better nutrition, healthier living, and better medical care can delay the aging process, reversing the process is another matter. My wife was diagnosed with early stage diabetes a few years ago. She started eating much better and began running. She has lost weight and looks terrific, much younger than her age, and I am tremendously proud of her---but even I have to quietly admit she doesn't look as young as she did 25 years ago.
Barry Bonds didn't just age slower and sustain what he had been as he got in his late 30s- he became ridiculously better. We should also remember that Bonds when he was younger was not a notoriously big and out of shape player who arguably became better because he finally shed 20 pounds and watched his diet.
I don't defend the use of greenies by players in the 1960s-1980s. I also do not equate the use of greenies with the Dr. Frankenstein cocktails some players took during the 1990s and beyond.