Hit Parade: Will the real Lance Berkman stand up?

Updated: May 20, 2008, 12:25 PM ET
By Brendan Roberts | ESPN.com

The age of 32 is too young for a hitter to be in decline.

Even if that hitter was starting in the big leagues by the age of 23. Even if he was moved to primarily first base (a switch that could mean he may be slowing down). Even if he has a reconstructive knee surgery in his past. Thirty-two years old -- Lance Berkman's age -- is still a prime year for a lot of hitters in today's game.

The amazing season Berkman has had so far is not an anomaly; his 2007 season was.

I've ...

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