Originally Posted by TDog
I don't know if he was fragile. He put himself in situations where he got hit where others might not have, and that probably took its toll with injuries building on other injuries. He never avoided playing hard when it meant punishing his body. He was once hit by pitches in five times up in a college game.
I always believed that he should have been DHing after the problems he had after 2008. I think he would be injured a lot less if he weren't playing the field. Maybe not. But I have always wondered how different his career and White Sox history would have been if the Sox committed to him as DH instead of signing Dunn.
I've always wondered how different his career and White Sox history would have been had he not broken his hand in 2008 - a 2008 MVP, a deeper Sox run in the playoffs, etc?