Speaking of our most important figures, a recent edition of The Washington Post contained a piece on A-Rod’s recent decline and cited Yale economist Ray C. Fair’s mathematical model of how hitters age, derived using the stats of every batter who played at least 10 full seasons between 1921 and 2004. He uncovered that the typical peak is around age 28, even with a selective sample of hitters who aged gracefully enough to make it in the majors for a decade or more. By 29, such hitters are already in a decline. It’s worth noting that pitchers are at their best even earlier (around 26, which is when I noticed my own descent).
To condense the arguments, I see both sides. All I will say is this. Regardless of whether sign stealing is a part of the game, and regardless of my loathing for the Yankees, and additionally, regardless of my loathing of league favoritism for the Yankees (See the fact that Sanchez was allowed to play and the arbitration results withheld prior to this weekends series) it all doesn’t matter.
This still looks bad on Sox management and shows a troubling pattern of behavior. In the past two years we have lost draft picks due to attempting to exploit loopholes everyone does, the difference here is the degree in which other teams do.
I’m not saying don’t try to gain any advantage, but it would behoove the Sox not to be so blatantly moronic as to essentially put a neon sign saying “we are doing something questionable here” for all the world to see.