Goldschmidt, the red-hot first baseman of the St. Louis Cardinals, is having a career year at 34.
The cycle for a major league hitter has been well established for decades. He improves rapidly in his early 20s, peaks around 27, perhaps holds that for a few years and then begins a slow decline.
And then there’s Paul Goldschmidt.
Goldschmidt was a fine player for the first part of his career with the Arizona Diamondbacks, making six All-Star teams. His peak years, as you might expect, ran from age 25, when he led the league in homers and runs batted in, through age 30.
But when he was traded to the St. Louis Cardinals
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