I know that doesn’t sound right but think about it. Ever since he came up as a 19 year-old people have been expecting big things from him and aside from his one big year in ’05 he never did deliver. He first showed flashes of his power in his second full season yet didn’t have a breakout year until his 10th in the majors. Does anyone really think he could not have done it sooner? Is anyone surprised he has not come close to it since? Last season he played a full year and had just 26 home runs and 94 RBI. Not exactly impressive slugger-type numbers these days. What is more alarming is his .222 batting average and 5 stolen bases from a guy who had 20+ SB’s in his first 4 full seasons. It’s almost as he stopped trying to be great and is settling for above average. Perhaps it’s one too many threesomes with strippers.
With the 2008 season in less than 6 months this is how it looks; 7 seasons with 30+ home runs, 5 with 100+ RBI and just one season in which he hit .300 or better. Good numbers? Sure. Great? Not by today’s standards. Thankfully, Andruw is just 30 years old and is fighting for a new contract now that the Braves dumped him. He has another decade or so to prove to us that he is not a slacker and put up some big numbers cause his 25-90-.265 a year is not going to cut it anymore.