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“You play under control,’’
He hurt his ankle going to his left to get a grounder, now he has to do that slower too.
Yep, you have to dog it much of the time. You get injured easier and it takes longer to heal as you get older. This is not complicated. I'm nearly 50, still run 4 times a week up to 50 miles per week. I run it a lot slower with a lot more stretching before and afterwords then ever before. Getting old sucks.
I don’t like watching games, period. If we have a 20-game lead in certain years, I still want to play in every game.
Yep, you have to dog it much of the time.
For a fast righty who pulls grounders to the hole, and a bobble makes the difference? Perhaps a different answer.
#24 I think it's an error to use the exceptionally durable as the norm. Makes roughly as much sense to me as using Nolan Ryan as the model for expected pitcher durability.
#28 Don't think Usain Bolt helps your argument considering he's just coming off a hamstring injury, had injury problems in 2012 (was fortunate that he was fully healthy in time for the Olympics), had injury problems in 2011, missed the end of the 2010 season due to injuries. And I can't be bothered to look back any farther than that.
But again, please point out the chronic hustle down to first guys who have suffered injury running to first base. Considering the perils involved in the activity, it should be easy to come up with a rather lengthy list.
#30 You mean (considering we're discussing him) excluding Derek Jeter?
But guys who bust it out of the box are also the guys who run into walls, etc. Don't know the specifics of all of Pete Reiser's injuries but it's pretty clear he'd have had a longer, more productive career had he learned to dial things back just a tad.
I'll grant Rose and Stan Musial and Ichiro, but I think you'll find that most of the guys who have had long, productive careers were percentage players -- going all out only when there was an opportunity to gain (there's also no shortage of fine players with long careers who were at various points accused of dogging it)
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