I guess I'm just not seeing this decline you keep talking about. His numbers were down a little his age 38 and 39 seasons which correlates with a significant drop in BABIP both years. Hank Aaron saw a similar decline his age 38 season before coming back to post a typical Aaron season when he was 39. Derek Jeter also saw a similar decline in his age 36 and 37 seasons before posting a typical Jeter season when he was 38. And this is the problem with trying to sort out who did what without any actual proof. Things That Always Happen are deemed suspicious for the suspect but not for those we desperately want to be clean. Amazing.