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Raul Ibanez Is a Freak

Published by on May 24, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - MLB

Noted sabermetrics guru Bill James popularized the concept a while back that a player often peaks at age 27, hits his prime when he's 27-30, and then gradually declines.

Nobody told Raul Ibanez of the Philadelphia Phillies though.

Ibanez is hitting .353 through 42 games with 17 homers and 43 RBI.

These are eye-opening numbers for any major leaguer. They're phenomenal for a guy who will turn 37 on June 2. It seems to be part and parcel of the contrarian career of the former Seattle Mariner.

Here are Ibanez's numbers during his "peak" years.

1999 (Age 27): 83 games, nine HR, 27 RBI, .258 BA, .734 OPS.

2000 (28): 92 games, two HR, 15 RBI, .229 BA, .630 OPS.

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