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Debunking the "Age 27" myth

Updated: February 22, 2008, 5:56 PM ET
By Tristan H. Cockcroft | ESPN.com

It never ceases to amaze me how people like to cling to old proverbs.

Case in point: "A hitter tends to break out in his age-27 season."

Huh? Am I missing something? Last time I checked, medical science hadn't progressed to the point where we could actually predict with pinpoint accuracy the exact age at which every athlete on the planet hits their physical peak. To put it another way, it's like suggesting a magical "age-27 fairy" comes floating through a baseball player's window, ...

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