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    Realistically, how much longer can Barry carry on?

    He barely made it around the basepaths last night, left the game with left knee soreness. His body is breaking down before our eyes. I haven't watched much Giant baseball, but he's gotta be laboring badly out there in LF.

    I heard some pundits predict his retirement before this season finishes.

    I wonder how long he will keep going.

    If he did leave the Giants, would an AL team be willing to take on Barry's baggage? Barry 2-3 years ago, no question they would, in my mind, but the Barry of 2006? I'm not so sure.
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    Re: Realistically, how much longer can Barry carry on?

    If Barry's willing to soldier on, my guess is there will always be a team interested in taking him. He's an attraction by himself, and if he thinks that he has a shot at catching Aaron, some team would be willing to pay him to do it in their uniform.
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    Re: Realistically, how much longer can Barry carry on?

    Apparently his agent has made overures to the Mariners that he'd like to play for them next year.
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    Re: Realistically, how much longer can Barry carry on?

    Quote Originally Posted by pedro
    Apparently his agent has made overures to the Mariners that he'd like to play for them next year.
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    Re: Realistically, how much longer can Barry carry on?

    Quote Originally Posted by pedro
    Apparently his agent has made overures to the Mariners that he'd like to play for them next year.
    His agent also said earlier this year that he didn't see any reason that Barry couldn't play through at least 2008...
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    Re: Realistically, how much longer can Barry carry on?

    He'll play till he's 90 with no legs if it means catching Aaron
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    Re: Realistically, how much longer can Barry carry on?

    I think this year will be his last and we probably won't ever hear much from him for, at least, 5 years when he is inducted to the Hall of Fame.
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    Re: Realistically, how much longer can Barry carry on?

    This thread reminded me that the Boston Braves signed a 40 year old Babe Ruth solely as a gate attraction in 1935. While the Babe still had some power, his legs were gone, and he hit .181 that season before quitting mid-year.
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    Re: Realistically, how much longer can Barry carry on?

    I'm hoping for at most this year and that's it.
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    Re: Realistically, how much longer can Barry carry on?

    I can't imagine he plays beyond this year. At this rate, I'd be shocked if he got another 150 AB. He's going to be crippled for life if he doesn't give it up and take care of himself. Not that I see him aging gracefully...
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    Re: Realistically, how much longer can Barry carry on?

    I'd be willing to bet that if we started a national petition calling for his retirement the next time he goes on the DL, or at the end of the season, which ever comes first, that'd we'd be able to come up with enough donations to pay for a "severance package" for him to retire this year, whether he broke the record or not.

    Not that I'd want to start anything like that and give money to a player that already has millions or anything...
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    Re: Realistically, how much longer can Barry carry on?

    Seattle or the Los Angeles Angels will get him, IMO.

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    Re: Realistically, how much longer can Barry carry on?

    Quote Originally Posted by RedsManRick
    Not that I see him aging gracefully...
    The last couple of years have been about as un-graceful of an aging process as you're likely to witness.
    We'll burn that bridge when we get to it.

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    Re: Realistically, how much longer can Barry carry on?

    Quote Originally Posted by Red Leader
    I'd be willing to bet that if we started a national petition calling for his retirement the next time he goes on the DL, or at the end of the season, which ever comes first, that'd we'd be able to come up with enough donations to pay for a "severance package" for him to retire this year, whether he broke the record or not.

    Not that I'd want to start anything like that and give money to a player that already has millions or anything...
    He'd get offended by that and play longer
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    Re: Realistically, how much longer can Barry carry on?

    I wouldn't be suprised if Barry cuts some sort of deal with MLB to retire in exchange for them dropping their investigation into his steroid use. Bud is enough of a wimp to cut such a deal too.
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