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Posted by Tony Massarotti, Globe Staff January 2, 2009 08:09 PM
Nomar Garciaparra. From 1997-2000, there wasn't a better offensive player in baseball. Now 35, Garciaparra looks like a utility man at best.
Curt Schilling. A borderline Hall of Famer with an impeccable postseason history. If you were him, why would you possibly come back?
Pedro Martinez. A 3-time Cy Young winner, he's 17-15 wth a 4.74 ERA over the last three seasons. With all due respect, the writing is on the wall.
Frank Thomas. In a day and age where everyone wants a bargain, he can probably still help someone. But in 2008, he batted .240 with 8 homers and 30 RBIs.
Ken Griffey Jr. Like Thomas, he can probably still help someone. But at this stage of a wondrous career, do you really want to compare him to Willie Mays?
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Tony Massarotti is a Globe sportswriter and has been writing about sports in Boston for the last 19 years. A lifelong Bostonian, Massarotti graduated from Waltham High School and Tufts University. He was voted the Massachusetts Sportswriter of the Year by his peers in 2000 and 2008 and has been a finalist for the award on several other occasions. This blog won a 2008 EPpy award for "Best Sports Blog".
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