Friday, April 19, 2024

Newsletter Excerpt, April 19, 2024 -- "Time Comes For Everyone"


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The flip side of that is older position players are being chased out of a sport that moves too quickly for them. Last year, 12.6% of plate appearances were taken by players 33 and older. Ten years ago, and noting that pitchers were taking some of these, the figure was 16%. Twenty years ago, it was 21%. Before you start yelling at me about steroids, note that in 1983, forty years ago, it was also 21%.