You probably have to go back to Ted Williams, and the .316/.451/.645 line he put up in 1960, to find a superstar who walked off the field with so much left to give. And make no mistake: the Boston Red Sox slugger is going out on top.
New technologies have made it possible for baseball teams to know more than ever about their players. This new data can benefit both sides, but it can also be an invasion of privacy. Where's the line?
Going into this season, Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve served as a curious example of what happens when you drop a deadball-era hitter into a 21st-century game. It worked, but this year Altuve has gotten even better.