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April 28, 2005

Posted: Thursday April 28, 2005 1:43PM; Updated: Thursday April 28, 2005 1:43PM
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Isn't Jesse Orosco still around? It was time for him to let it go a decade ago.
-- Troy, Davenport, Iowa (1:21 p.m.)

Biggio is still playing like a starter; Bagwell needs to do what most aging superstars do -- sign with a New York team, preferably the Yankees, since they have the DH.
-- Bruce Parsons, Champion, Texas (1:21 p.m.)

If you are going to count Julio Franco, what about Ruben Sierra? I will defend them both by stating that, at a combined age of 800, they would be considered an asset in the Pirates organization.
-- Nate, Harrisburg, Pa. (1:31 p.m.)

You mention Bagwell being supported by Houston's park, but the opposite is the case for Piazza. Shea Stadium is where long fly balls go to die. At a point last week the Mets led the majors with 21 home runs and had only one at home. Piazza is still serviceable but is definitely hurt by Shea.
-- Brian, Kearny, N.J. (1:31 p.m.)

I agree with the point you make but do these teams really have a choice? Most of these over-the-hill superstars are still signed to massive contracts. This makes it difficult to get decent prospects in return because who would want to trade for a huge contract and a player in the twilight of his career? Aren't these teams stuck with them and better off playing them and hoping they can still produce while grooming their successors (i.e. Pena in Cincinnati)?
-- Charles, Brussels, Belgium (2:00 p.m.)

How about Frank Thomas? I don't know about other White Sox fans but Frank's return from injury has seemed more like a threat than a promise.
-- B.J. Pappalardo, Chicago (2:00 p.m.)

Tim Salmon should go ahead and swim upstream. Time to spawn and retire.
-- Adam La Munyon, Yorba Linda, Calif. (2:00 p.m.)

Being a Mets fan I was going to nominate John Franco. Then I remembered that the Mets will get to face him now that he's with Houston, so never mind.
-- Pete, E. Brunswick, N.J. (2:05 p.m.)

I'd throw Bobby Higginson in here, but he doesn't meet the legend requirement. He does qualify on the fading requirement.
-- Tiger Fan, Grand Rapids, Mich. (2:50 p.m.)

Jacob, why haven't you retired? You haven't produced a well thought-out column that shows you know the game in years.
-- Mike McCoy, Houston (2:55 p.m.)

Good luck getting rid of me -- I'm left-handed.
-- JL (3:05 p.m.)

I doubt that Glavine has faded as badly as Mets fans think, but defending him by saying he's been hurt by Questec is specious at best. The strike zone is now more consistent for everybody. How is this any more unfair to Glavine, save that now he actually has to throw strikes over the plate instead of "painting the corners" 6 inches off the plate?
-- Dave Salisbury, Kettering, Ohio (2:55 p.m.)

Griffey is not 0-homers-for-73 because of injuries or age. He is easy to pitch to and may be the worst 0-2 hitter in the majors. He is undisciplined and more often than not seems to bail out before the ball has even reached the plate. His eyes are permanently fixed in a hopeless upward gaze. Not only is he done, but he was lucky to have hung on long enough to hit a ceremonial 500th home run. Hanging on this long probably has done serious damage to his Hall of Fame chances.
-- Steve Douglas, Cincinnati (3:16 p.m.)

Curt Schilling can still pitch, but he needs to retire his mouth. Just shut up and play!
-- Bill, San Jose, Calif. (3:42 p.m.)

I still cannot figure out how Bobby Higginson can sleep at night. It won't be long and you will see a picture of him in the Post Office: "Wanted for Grand Theft."
-- Watson, Temperance, Mich. (4:16 p.m.)

Can you please explain what a "distinguished" outfielder's numbers should be? Just because Alex Rios hasn't found his power yet, does that make him undistinguished? He went 3-for-5 on Wednesday night with 2 triples and 2 RBIs. He has a 311 average and is on a six-game hitting streak. Last year he had 14 outfield assists.
-- Tom Quaiattini, Sudbury, Ontario (4:26 p.m.)

Rios is a legit prospect who will develop into a fine player sooner rather than later. But for now, he is a slappy outfielder.
-- JL (4:35 p.m.)

Your thoughts on Piazza are way off. Hey Jimmy T. from Plainview, last time I checked, throwing out runners is only part of playing defense. Piazza still does a nice job calling a game, is terrific on popups and does a nice job blocking the plate. Talking offense, despite the slow start, you could not name five catchers you would rather have in the lineup.
-- Mark, Port Washington, N.Y. (5:01 p.m.)

1. Victor Martinez, Indians
2. Johnny Estrada, Braves
3. Joe Mauer, Twins
4. Brian Schneider, Nationals
5. Paul Lo Duca, Marlins
-- JL (5:41 p.m.)

Alex Rios batted .286 last year. If you are an outfielder and bat .286 and you want to be called "distinguished" you need to hit some bombs. Sure there are some outfielders who don't hit 30 HRs a year, but they have a high average, OBP, and maybe swipe a few bases. If he matched those 14 outfield assists with 14 jacks and moved that batting average up 14 points then we can talk about him. Don't worry to much Jacob, you got some good years left in ya.
-- Patric Farrell, Tulsa, Okla. (5:16 p.m.)

Julio Franco may be past his prime, but unlike these other fading stars he has accepted a new role and is not a burdon to his team. Franco is one of the most productive guys in the league coming off the bench. Is he past his prime? Yes. Does he need to hang 'em up? No.
-- Timothy Carroll, Covington, Ga. (5:50 p.m.)

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