|Justin Morneau in 2009.|
Everybody's time is limited, of course, but unlike a copy editor/blogger, a first baseman has only a few years to do his thing.
And Justin Morneau's prime years are slipping away from him.
2009: Stress fracture in his back. Missed the September stretch run after having a terrible August because of the back.
2010: Suffered a concussion in early July, missed remainder of season.
2011: Struggled through 55 games with a variety of problems, now is to have surgery on a pinched nerve in his neck. He's expected back in August, or so they say.
From the All-Star break 2009 to All-Star break 2011 (which hasn't year arrived), roughly two seasons of play, Morneau has had a half season of quality time. The rest of it, he's either been on the shelf or a shell of what we've come to expect.
He's on the wrong side of 30 now, and he's lost a year and a half of what figured to be peak performance — a season and a half he'll never get back.