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Is time running out on
2003-01-14 13:37
by Jon Weisman
Note: The Dodger Thoughts blog has moved to the Los Angeles Times.

Is time running out on the careers of those five consecutive Rookies of the Year the Dodgers boasted in the 1990s?

Eric Karros (1992)
Age: 35
Career 162-game average: .268, 27 HR, 99 RBI, .782 OPS
2002 stats: .271, 13 HR, 73 RBI, .722 OPS

Mike Piazza (1993)
Age: 34
Career 162-game average: .321, 40 HR, 125 RBI, .964 OPS
2002 stats: .280, 33 HR, 98 RBI, .903 OPS

Raul Mondesi (1994)
Age: 31
Career 162-game average: .276, 30 HR, 94 RBI, .822 OPS
2002 stats: .232, 26 HR, 88 RBI, .740 OPS

Hideo Nomo (1995)
Age: 34
Career 33-game average: 13-10, 3.96 ERA
2002 stats: 16-6, 3.39 ERA

Todd Hollandsworth (1996)
Age: 29
Career 162-game average: .278, 16 HR, 62 RBI, .778 OPS
2002 stats: .284, 16 HR, 67 RBI, .807 OPS

Who’d have thought that Nomo would be in the best shape of the five? Piazza is still productive, but is definitely starting to slide. Hollandsworth continues to have his usefulness in small doses. Karros is tumbling from mediocrity to uselessness.

And then there’s Raul Mondesi, making $13 million this year, and only 31 years old! He should be in his prime!

In my life, only once have I bought a jersey replica T-shirt with a player’s name on the back. That player was Raul Mondesi. This guy had everything. He is as disappointing a player to me as I have had in my life as a baseball fan.

Off to Snowmass for the long weekend. Dodger Thoughts will return Tuesday, January 21.

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