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Alex Rodriguez expects to bounce back next season

Nov 13, 2011, 10:51 AM EST

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The Bronx Bombers have been relatively quiet since baseball’s free agency period began. That is, unless you ask third baseman Alex Rodriguez:

“The Yankees made two big moves this offseason,” Rodriguez told the New York Post by phone. “Keeping CC (Sabathia), and I expect to be who I have been in the past.”

(Quote comes via the Post‘s Joel Sherman)

Rodriguez batted just .276/.362/.461 in 428 plate appearances this year, registering an OPS under .830 for the first time since 1995. He can blame most of that disappointment on a mid-season knee injury, however, and he’s confident that a healthy winter will help him bounce back in 2012.

A-Rod has already begun his offseason workout program in Miami, three weeks earlier than usual.

  1. Gordon - Nov 13, 2011 at 11:04 AM

    He must have gotten his hands on some new, undetectable PEDs.

    • protius - Nov 13, 2011 at 8:32 PM

      Gordon, you’re such an ass-hole.

    • sasquash20 - Nov 14, 2011 at 3:15 AM

      Gayrod is such a cheater. His body is breaking down due to the long term effects of steroid abuse. What a waste of money of this old broken down juice head. Guy is and always has been a total fraud.

  2. yankeesfanlen - Nov 13, 2011 at 11:05 AM

    I would hope the further rehabilitation and training regimen that ARod gets over the winter will get him back to 140 games at third and 40+ HRs.
    Between that and Grandy, Tex and Swisher we could make a good run at the team HR record in 2012.
    Another “True Yankee” back to form.
    Will now leave him alone for the rest of the day.

    • JBerardi - Nov 13, 2011 at 12:02 PM

      “Between that and Grandy, Tex and Swisher we could make a good run at the team HR record in 2012.”

      Oh, the things that are possible in November.

      • proudlycanadian - Nov 13, 2011 at 3:05 PM

        Leave Len alone.

      • JBerardi - Nov 13, 2011 at 5:22 PM

        I’m just saying, this is the time of the year when all things are possible. I don’t have a problem with that; I think it’s great. It’s fun to dream about this stuff. But eventually these dreams do run into the industrial strength dream-crushing machine known as the MLB regular season.

  3. uyf1950 - Nov 13, 2011 at 11:07 AM

    If he can be that’s great news for us Yankees fans. To be honest if he can be 90% of the 2007/2009 Alex we’ll take it. The Yankees need him to play at least 130 games in the field and do some DH’ing, 500 plus PA. If he can do that both he and the Yankees should have a very good year.

  4. tashkalucy - Nov 13, 2011 at 11:25 AM

    That’s what he said last year.

    Heck, Derek Lowe says that if he just goes back to being a fastball-first pitcher he can get back to where he was 4-5 years ago.

    Look, if one is being paid $15-25M for one baseball season, what do you expect them to say? “I haven’t had it in years and it ain’t comin’ back”.

    These guaranteed MLB contracts are ridiculous.

    • JBerardi - Nov 13, 2011 at 12:09 PM

      “These guaranteed MLB contracts are ridiculous.”

      Move to Cuba. They don’t overpay baseball players there, comrade.

      • tashkalucy - Nov 13, 2011 at 3:19 PM

        “Move to Cuba. They don’t overpay baseball players there, comrade.”

        Possibly the just plain stupidest comment I’ve seen on any Internet board in years.

        So tell me – has Roger Goodelll moved the NFL’s headquarters to Havana….moron?

        How can America’s fans watch that socialist NFL?

      • JBerardi - Nov 13, 2011 at 5:34 PM

        “How can America’s fans watch that socialist NFL?”

        Well, cheap beer and a total lack of critical thinking skills seem to help that along.

      • protius - Nov 13, 2011 at 8:41 PM

        “Possibly the just plain stupidest comment I’ve seen on any Internet board in years”.

        Dude, we could just as easily say the same thing about the ignorant crap you’ve been posting here. At times it seems as if you’re brain damaged, you don’t make any sense.

    • 18thstreet - Nov 13, 2011 at 1:08 PM

      Contracts are signed by (at least) two parties. If the Yankees didn’t want to guarantee A-Rod (or anyone) that much money, they shouldn’t have signed the deal.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Nov 13, 2011 at 1:26 PM

      These guaranteed MLB contracts are ridiculous.

      Oh look, more whining from you without anything to back it up. At least you got off how the Yanks/Sox were going to be bottom feeders in a few years.

      • tashkalucy - Nov 13, 2011 at 6:24 PM

        And they are.

  5. pisano - Nov 13, 2011 at 12:03 PM

    The one problem in yankeesfanlen’s post about the four he mentioned is they will put up well over 400+ strikeouts. Some how they need to cut down on the K’s. I couldn’t count how many two out situations with runners in scoring position and a strikeout ended the inning. The Yankees as a team strikeout way too much.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Nov 13, 2011 at 1:25 PM

      The Yankees as a team strikeout way too much.

      Strikeouts aren’t a bad outcome for a hitter. People really need to get over them.

      I couldn’t count how many two out situations with runners in scoring position and a strikeout ended the inning

      Funny, this article mentions how the Yanks were “the second-best hitting team with runners on and the best-hitting team with runners in scoring position compared to the league in 2011:”

      http://riveraveblues.com/2011/11/dispelling-the-risp-fail-myth-58508/

    • genericcommenter - Nov 13, 2011 at 1:43 PM

      Yeah, Granderson struck out 169 times. You know what? He can keep striking out that much every year if he’s getting on base > 36% of the time, slugging .550, hitting 40 HR, 10 triples, stealing 25 bases, and scoring 136 runs.

  6. ogre2010 - Nov 13, 2011 at 12:47 PM

    Back on the Roids again!!

    • protius - Nov 13, 2011 at 8:44 PM

      Your head back up your ass again?

  7. goawaydog - Nov 13, 2011 at 12:59 PM

    8 comments in and no obligatory “he is going to be in the best shap of his life” post? LOL

  8. dirtyharry1971 - Nov 13, 2011 at 6:20 PM

    Now that the Yanks dont have a steady DH they can use that to keep Alex fresh during the year, i think it would be great if they resign Chavez if he doesnt retire and let him play some 3rd base when Alex DH’s. I can see a .290 average and 30 to 35HR’s happening if he stays healthy, i still think they should consider upgraded in left field as Gardner’s light hitting just doesnt justify him out there everyday

    • genericcommenter - Nov 13, 2011 at 10:10 PM

      I’d hope Montero gets as many of the DH at bats as possible, but I’m sure A-Rod will get some. I agree with bringing Chavez back though, anyway.

      Gardner is one of the most valuable outfielders in baseball, and provides that value at extremely low cost. Stellar defense and doesn’t really cost you at the plate.

  9. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Nov 14, 2011 at 11:25 AM

    When that 1995 comment was made, I was a little mind-blown into how long he’s been playing. 18 seasons already; by the time his deal is up, it’ll have been 24 seasons.

    If he’s able to turn his numbers around at all, after being around this long, I’ll be impressed.

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