Every once in a while I like to write a George Costanza column. It's the opposite of what everybody else is doing. Thus, with only one-quarter of the season left to play, I bring you my special on rookies.
It actually makes sense to revisit the rookies in late August for one simple reason. This is the time when many of them are approaching career highs in games played and innings pitched. The minor leagues play shorter seasons and this makes the coming weeks unchartered territory for rookies.
So let's revisit the heralded rookies of 2008 as they slog through the 162-game season. The ones with some gas left in the tank are for better. Those rookies with declining stocks are for worse.