Originally written on The GM's Perspective  |  Last updated 8/24/13
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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