One of the most underrated players of his generation, Abreu was about as close as any player has ever been to being the perfect offensive weapon. Bobby could hit in the excess of 25 homers, steal 30+ bases, hit over .300 and post an on-base percentage over .400. The man was, simply put, an offensive stud. But Bobby spent the bulk of his career with the Phillies before they became an NL East powerhouse–much like Curt Schilling–and few people noticed just how great of a ballplayer Bobby was. Abreu may still catch on with another team because he still has the on-base skills, but the power and speed have faded.
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The latest former All-Star to be designated for assignment, Johnny Damon’s road to 3,000 hits seems to have run out of gravel. The fading Indians cut ties with the outfielder since his offensive production was weak and his defensive worth has been nil for several years. This might be the end of the line for Johnny, but it was a solid ride. Inching up on 2,800 career hits, Damon nevertheless rests in the Top 50 all-time in career runs scored and doubles. Although the man didn’t seem to do anything right–no coach would ever teach his unorthodox swing–he racked up numbers that will get him some Hall of Fame support.
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The latest former baseball star to hang up his cleats is the gritty, hard-nosed catcher Jason Kendall. A former All-Star for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Kendall is one of the fleetest backstops in the game’s history–not many receivers were used as leadoffmen but Jason owned that role for several years. Although Kendall is overshadowed by position peers Mike Piazza, Ivan Rodriguez and Jorge Posada, his career numbers stack up awfully well to the latest catchers to make the Hall. It may come as a surprise to many that Jason has more career hits than Hall of Famers Johnny Bench and Gary Carter. All three men, Bench, Carter and Kendall have career runs scored totals between 1,000 and 1,100. And, to make Jason stand out, his career batting average and on-pase percentage are substantially higher than either Bench of Carter’s. But will Jason Kendall make the Hall of Fame? Let your voice be heard by employing the poll below.
The king of the knuckleball fraternity has stepped down, relinquishing the title to R.A. Dickey. Last year Wakefield joined the 200-Win Club and ends his career with an even 200 victories. The veteran pitcher worked 19 years in the Major Leagues and amassed over 3,200 innings pitched. A former All-Star, Tim spent all but two years of his big league career with the Boston Red Sox and rests high in many lifetime BoSox pitching stats. Not a bad career for a failed first baseman.
Cameron has just been released by the Florida Marlins today and although this doesn’t signal the end of his career, teams surely aren’t eager to fill their roster with 39-year-old center fielders. Mike will be 39 should he continue his career next season. Granted, Cameron never was a batting champion threat but he was a quite consistent performer throughout his career. The journeyed center fielder offset his weak batting averages with decent on-base percentages, above average power and solid defense. His numbers in Florida this season aren’t too off from his established norm so it is likely some club will bring him aboard next season should he continue his career.