I was doing some research for another topic and came across these stats:
Here are the stats of another Reds OF who was revered during his time with the Reds. He also played for a 2nd place Reds team. I wonder what type of criticism he would have received? (If any)
Age 36 153 G 589 AB 77 R 149 H 28 2B 0 3B 26 HR 97 RBI .253 Avg .433 Slg
Ken Griffey Jr: to date 9/9
Age 36 107 G 426 AB 61 R 107H 19 2B 0 3B 26 HR 69 RBI .251 Avg .479 Slg
Dave Parker the next season (88) in the AL: Only 34 g in OF
Age 37 101 G 377 AB 43 R 97 H 18 2B 1 3B 12 HR 55 RBI .275 Avg .406 Slg
His next season in '89 he hit for more power 22HR & 97 RBI with a lower .264 Avg.
What I remember most is the 1990 Season when Parker had the "resurgence" in Milwaukee. His statistics were not dramatically better but I do remember him being in the top 10 of the batting race until Sept at the age of 39. He started off that season poorly but believes he turned his season around in 1 AB against a hard throwing LHP. He turned on an Inside Fastball and regained his confidence. He played in 157 Games, the most he had played in since 1986 plaing in all 162. In '90 Parker hit 21 HR his 2nd lowest total in the last 6 seasons. (Parker's lowest being 12 in 88 while battling knee problems). Parker batted .289 with 92 RBI in 1990. The only real surprise was the batting average as Parker had been averaging 97.3 RBI in the previous 6 seasons which inlcudes his partial '88 Season of 55.
I bring all of this up because I am not so sure that a return to the AL will show "immedaite" production increase for Junior. I used Parker because 1) I came across his name while doing other research and 2) Because at this stage in Jr's career they are practically the same hitter and have similar leg ailments and finally 3) as the poll suggests fans think Jr. would be well served in the AL in 2007. JR would be the same age as Parker when making that transition.
Maybe I am way off. Maybe I am dead on. Wondering what your thoughts are....