Here’s a Thought: The Brian Dopirak Story

July 16, 2009 by  

Possibly my favorite thing about baseball is development patterns.

In any other sport, players (barring injury) generally get better until their late 20s, have a peak of maybe four years, and then start getting worse.

In baseball, however, players' careers can have all sorts of twists and turns.

Rookie of the Year winners like Bob Hamelin, Ben Grieve, Angel Berroa, Scott Williamson, Todd Hollandsworth, and Bobby Crosby often never have another good season after their rookie campaign.

Some players are never considered good prospects and become All-Stars.

While fascinating stories like Rick Ankiel and Josh Hamilton get a ton of attention because the player is in the majors, there are also many more under-...

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