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I personally believe he's on the back nine. I think the Mo Vaughn comparisons are apt as far as what happens to a big guy like Papi as he gets into his mid 30's. I assume 'projections' is meant to mean HR's, so I'll predict 22, 19, 17.
My money says that Ortiz will definitely have a better year than 2008 (.295 / 100 RBIs / 32 HRs) but like @Peplau said, he's on his "back nine."
This is a tough one to answer because it involves what I WANT and what I THINK. Removing my Red Sox fandom here is what I think will happen. A wrist injury is devastating to a hitter like Ortiz (look what it did to Nomar) and at his age I see it becoming extremely challenging for him to perform at a level we've grown accustom. That being said I do see Ortiz with 1-2 years left where he is still a decent DH. But you are going to see it fall apart really fast and the Sox will not wait long to cut him loose (tough, I know, but it's why this franchise competes so well). If it was anything else but the wrist I wouldn't be so pessimistic.2009: .301, 35, 1152010: .287, 29, 1092011: .267, 22, 91Also, look to his 2007 numbers to be a true barometer, IMHO.
If Papi is recovered from Wrist surgery, then he's fine-- I don;t think he plays until 40 though, he just seems to be one of those players who dominates for only so many years before decline-- but we may have a few years left.
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