Swisher had terrible postseason numbers. However, in order to have postseason numbers, you have to get to the playoffs first. And when it comes to the regular season, Nick Swisher has been a much better baseball player than Ichiro over the past two years…and it’s not even close:

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If Ichiro’s bat can bounce back and at least slightly resemble what he did in his 67 games with New York, then the gap is not as wide, once you factor in his baserunning and defense. However, at 39 years old, Ichiro will very likely be a downgrade from Swisher.

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When compared to Swisher’s bat, it’s like Ichiro is hitting with…./david cone’d