Originally written on Oregon Sports News  |  Last updated 7/22/13
In my last column, I wrote about some of the positive aspects of the Seattle Mariners underwhelming season. Highlights included the strong play of King Felix, Hisashi Iwakuma, Kyle Seager and the rise of several young rookies. However, one positive aspect that I didn’t really dive into was the historic age 41 season currently being put up by Raul Ibanez. At the All-Star break, Ibanez is slashing .267/.314/.578. This is good for a more than solid .892 OPS. He’s not getting on base at an amazing clip, but you have to appreciate the power numbers, particularly from a guy who wasn’t expected to do a whole lot this season. We’ve had a column on OSN defending him from steroid questions, so I’m going to conduct this analysis under the assumption that Raul isn’t juicing. In all seriousness, I’m also of the opinion that immediately jumping on the steroids train for every guy who is having an unexpectedly productive year is a little disingenuous. We should try to refrain from jumping to c...
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