Found August 24, 2013 on
The GM's Perspective:
A-Rod, A-Fraud, or Alex Rodriguez.
There was a time when Alex Rodriguez was widely considered the best baseball player alive. Those days are long gone. We are now reduced to Oompa Loopma jokes and pictures of him making out with himself.
Rodriguez has 649 career home runs and 1,956 RBI, both good for fifth all-time. We should be celebrate not berate.
He will never be as beloved as Mr. Yankee Derek Jeter, or Mo, or even Andy Pettitte, who admitted to using HGH. But, there was a time when the Yankees couldn't have won without him.
In 2009, Rodriguez slapped all those playoff demons in the face.
In his six seasons up to that point, he had done everything the Yankees had asked for, including two MVP's. His playoff performances were quite the opposite.
He erased the 6-44 and 1 RBI debacle between 2005-2007, batting .365 with six home runs and 18 RBI. As a matter of fact, without Rodriguez anchoring their lineup, there's a good chance the Yankees don't even advance past the ALCS.
There is a fascinating information on Baseball Reference, identifying and categorizing the best playoff performances by a single player who played in seven or more postseason games with a WPA (Win Probability Added) s Perspective on Twitter and Facebook. His full bio can be seen here.
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How much better do you believe yourself to be than Alex Rodriguez. Sure, he lied. So have you. Oh, but he lied again! Again, so have you. But he took PEDs! Yeah, well, who doesn’t take meds? Ya know what? I will let Real Sports’ Bryant Gumbel takeover from here as he pontificates on the A-Rod situation, and more specifically, America’s reaction to it. Gumbel Commentary: America’s...
Sooner or later, someone was going to get around to comparing embattled New York Yankees' third baseman Alex Rodriguez to Texas A&M starting quarterback Johnny Manziel. Naturally, that someone had to be The Boston Globe columnist and Around the Horn panelist Bob Ryan.
I'll save you the A*Rod stuff, as it's the usual regurgitation of blah, blah, blah, PEDs, blah...
Alex Rodriguez is hoping for the best possible outcome in his appeal of a 211-game suspension for performance-enhancing drug use. He has hired an All-Star team of lawyers than includes top New York criminal defense attorney Joe Tacopina. Since Tacopina came on board, A-Rod’s situation has become about far more than his alleged involvement with […]
The owner of a Brooklyn bodega named after New York Yankee Alex Rodriguez says he'll change the store's name as more and more customers complain about the beleaguered baseball star.
Owner Ricardo Rodriguez tells the Daily News (http://nydn.us/1aAs44e ) Saturday that customers have been kvetching about the name of his store, A-Rod Grocery.
The establishment was called Pena...
Funny how Alex Rodriguez, the player Bill Madden repeatedly insisted "will never play another game for the Yankees," is arguably the biggest reason that the Yankees have won 11 of their last 14 games and are now just 3 1/2 games out of a wild card spot, and 6 games out of the division lead. So where is Bill Madden's mea culpa?It isn't happening, of course. The...
The New York Yankees have the best record in the American League East since Alex Rodriguez returned from injury. Of course the media circus surrounding A-Rod has still been a distraction that he no longer wants to deal with.
Rodriguez told the media, “I’m shutting it all down, I’m shutting it all down. The focus is to be back on the field. There are so many great stories...
FOR PETE'S SAKE
All-time hit king Pete Rose thinks Ichiro is a fantastic ballplayer but argues the hits he tallied during his career in Japan shouldn't count towards his professional total.
I promised I wouldn’t keep posting things about A-Rod, but sometimes you can’t resist the temptation to blow the guy up. To be clear about things, I don’t dislike A-Rod like most. I actually have a little bit of sympathy for the guy because everyone is doing ‘roids, but A-Rod is getting fleeced for it.
Well, that fleecing includes a suspension for all of 2014, which means...
Alex Rodriguez has boosted YES Network’s flagging New York Yankees ratings. Meanwhile, the Texas Rangers are on pace for their highest rated month of the season, and “The ’99ers” was the second-most viewed ESPN “Nine […]
The owner of a Brooklyn grocery named after embattled New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez is succumbing to pressure and looking at changing the name of his business.
First. Who knew there was such a thing? Second. It should get a name change. "A-Rod Grocery" is a dumb name. And, yeah...I realize how childish that sounds.
“I got tired...
David Ortiz doesn’t get what all the fuss is about.
Ortiz rubbed some people the wrong way earlier this week when he told USA Today Sports that he didn’t think that Ryan Dempster drilling Alex Rodriguez during Sunday’s Red Sox-Yankees game was the right thing to do. Ortiz still stands by his comments, but he also thinks that everyone is blowing the whole situation out of proportion...
(Eds: Updates with Piniella quote. Updates photo links. With AP Photos.) By RONALD BLUM AP Sports Writer Daily threats. Blaring headlines. Charges and countercharges.
The New York Yankees have been there before.
And Alex Rodriguez vs. Pinstripes is nothing like the bad ol' days of Reggie Jackson vs. Billy Martin vs. George Steinbrenner.
''I don't even know where...
1) Ryan Dempster throws intentionally at Alex Rodriguez four times in a row, and doesn’t get tossed. 2) …The post The Top 5 Reasons Why MLB Needs New Umpires appeared first on On Her Game.
Outside of Milwaukee Brewer superstar Ryan Braun, no other Major League Baseball player is as despised as New York Yankee Alex Rodriguez. Ironically, UFC president Dana White, who is a die hard Boston Red Sox fanboy, came to A-Rod’s defense while appearing as a guest on “Fox Sports 1 Live.”
Granted, White didn’t give A-Rod props for anything he has accomplished on the field...
New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi was livid, veins bulging in his neck, as he peppered home plate umpire Brian O'Nora with profanity after Boston's Ryan Dempster hit Alex Rodriguez in the left elbow on a 3-0 pitch.
Red Sox fans proclaimed Dempster a hero and many folks wondered why Girardi would stand up so forcefully over the plunking of a player regarded by many as...