The large father is currently rocking an OPS+ of 185, which would be the best of his career. He remains pretty set on retiring, from every interview I've seen, with no door openings.
So, it's probably fair to wonder:
Has any other member of either the 3,000 hit club or 500 HR club (or perhaps just Hall of Famer) ever had a final season that was by some measure the best of their career?
Because Clemente's career ended with his death, I thought of him, but even his final very good season was nowhere near his best.
Shoeless Joe's last season was very good, with a 172, but he had a few full seasons in the 190s (which surprised me - didn't realize just how good he was, actually), and he's not a HoFer or a member of either club, obviously.
Jackie Robinson had a nice final season, but nothing to compare with his best years.
I'm sure Papi will probably slump at some point and his season will come down to earth a bit. It's early. But it's still worth pondering whether he might put together the best final season ever in MLB with his retirement.