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Don’t worry Yankees fans: A-Rod is still ‘above average”

Jul 15, 2012, 6:21 PM EDT

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Alex Rodriguez popped out with the bases loaded to end Sunday’s 10-8 loss to the Angels. But, hey, his general manager still thinks he’s good. Kind of.

“I don’t look at A-Rod and his contract. I look at him as a player who’s above average at his position,” Brian Cashman told Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com.

Cashman is absolutely right, of course. And that’s how Rodriguez should be looked at; the money is already spent anyway. A-Rod isn’t what he was, but he’s still a pretty good hitter and he hasn’t turned into a liability at third base yet, though he might before his deal is up.

Of course, it is the money that is getting him booed. Rodriguez is signed through 2017 and still has at least $118 million coming his way after this year.

A-Rod hit his 14th homer today, a two-run shot off Jered Weaver. He also had a single in five at-bats. Overall, he’s hitting a perfectly respectable .270 with 40 RBI in 85 games. It’s just that the fans want more than “above average” from him.

  1. crillbill - Jul 15, 2012 at 6:37 PM

    When will he pass the other juicer for home run king? Anyone know the pace at 25 home runs a year?

  2. mvpolamalu - Jul 15, 2012 at 6:37 PM

    Okay, so the player with the second biggest contract (biggest of all time at the time) is average. Nick Swisher is above average, why dont we give him a 200 million dollar deal as well?

  3. kcredneck - Jul 15, 2012 at 6:41 PM

    HE’S A BUM, KEEP HIM AT DH,HE STINKS,HE’S AWFUL AND GETTING PAID HANDSOMELY, FOR WHAT,TODAYS STRIKEOUT SAYS IT ALL.

    • yournuts - Jul 15, 2012 at 8:36 PM

      What about todays Homerun? Forget about that did you? Thats why your a redneck.

    • southofheaven81 - Jul 16, 2012 at 2:50 PM

      I HAVE NO IDEA!!!! WHY WE’RE YELLING!!!

  4. kcredneck - Jul 15, 2012 at 6:44 PM

    BEFORE I FORGET GET RID OF CASHMAN, NUMBER 2BUM!

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jul 15, 2012 at 6:57 PM

      Your name suits you well. Guy goes 2/5 with a HR and you call him out for a strikeout? Also name one general manager better than Cashman. I’ll sit here waiting with bated breath.

      • jl9830 - Jul 16, 2012 at 9:22 AM

        Ok, “kcredneck” is clearly a joke, but calm down about the Cashman is the best GM in the game stuff. I could name a bunch of better GM’s. Anyone would do a nice job with a blank check for a budget.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jul 16, 2012 at 10:16 AM

        Ok, start naming some. And I’m not saying Cashman is the best in the game, i’m saying name someone better. Because every single guy you bring up I can cite bad trades/signings/etc, all stuff people give Cashman a bad rap for.

        The main point of my comment is, like a few other topics, people throw out these outlandish accusations and, shockingly*, never back them up with any facts to support their conclusions.

        *not shocked

      • stevem7 - Jul 16, 2012 at 11:56 AM

        Well you asked. Theo Epstein because he’s won 2 World Series in the last 10 years and Jon Daniels of the Texas Rangers who’s team has been to the World Series twice in the last 10 years. Try exhaling because it sure wasn’t a long wait.

      • Kevin S. - Jul 16, 2012 at 12:06 PM

        If we’re going solely by “World Series and Pennants in last ten years” (which are terrible criteria, but you named it), Cashman’s two pennants and one WS title trump Daniels’ two pennants.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jul 16, 2012 at 1:26 PM

        Jon Daniels of the Texas Rangers who’s team has been to the World Series twice in the last 10 years.

        So has Cashman (’03 and ’09), and unlike Daniels, Cashman’s team has won one. And if we’re having fun with arbitrary endpoints like the random “last 10 years”, last three years Cashman 1 WS win, Epstein 1 playoff appearance, Daniels 0 WS wins.

    • lardin - Jul 15, 2012 at 8:22 PM

      Cashman did not sign Arod to either of his massive contracts. He signed the first one in Texas and when he was traded to the Yankees Texas paid part of the contract. Then Arod opted out of his contract. Cashman said that if the he opted out the Yankees would move on. Arod opted out, and then begged Hank Steinbrenner to come back, and Hank overpaid him.

      • yournuts - Jul 15, 2012 at 8:39 PM

        I think Yankee fans are pretty happy in first place 8 games in front with Arod. Also I don’t exactly remember what you said as happening that way. Why don’t you talk about your LOSER team?

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jul 16, 2012 at 9:23 AM

        It happened exactly as lardin put it. Tom Hicks with Tex signed Arod to the 10/$250M deal, with an opt out after year 7. Cashman is on record saying if Arod opted out, he wouldn’t sign him to a new contract. Arod eventually drops Boras and calls Hank Steinbrenner personally and gets him to agree to a new deal.

        Cashman and Hal decide they need to take over the business end, and Hank is off in the Bahamas somewhere doing his best Fredo impersonation while Michael and Tom run the business.

    • protius - Jul 15, 2012 at 8:38 PM

      The sun is setting as you and cousin Jed sit on the porch bare assed, drinkin’ and spittin’. Somewhere in the background we can hear Grandpa playin’ Dueling Banjos, and your sister is giving you that sly come hither look. It’s time to leave the computer for a while kcredneck and go slop sissy’s hog.

  5. xpensivewinos - Jul 15, 2012 at 6:45 PM

    Did he think that nut job he was banging behind his wife’s back was “above average” too? You know, as far as stalkers go…..

    • yournuts - Jul 15, 2012 at 8:40 PM

      You should be so lucky.

  6. proudlycanadian - Jul 15, 2012 at 7:04 PM

    Where is Len? I miss his line “Leave Arod Alone”.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jul 15, 2012 at 7:08 PM

      Probably hanging out with BC and Fiorentino, having a Mai Tai and laughing at us commenting on an internet board.

    • cur68 - Jul 15, 2012 at 10:38 PM

      He’s on vacation, I think. At the beach, somewhere nice. ARod’s on his own till Len gets back.

  7. kcredneck - Jul 15, 2012 at 7:37 PM

    CHURCH BOY, I CALLED HIM OUT FOR STRIKING OUT WITH THE BASES LOADED,I SUPPOSE YOU THINK HE’S EARNING HIS PAYCHECK, HE GETS PAID NOT TO DO WHAT HE DID. CASE CLOSED AND THE WINNER IS? WAIT FOR IT. ME!!!”!!!”””

    • proudlycanadian - Jul 15, 2012 at 7:42 PM

      Frankly, I doubt that Arod gives a damn about your opinion.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jul 15, 2012 at 8:16 PM

      You mean flew out to 1b with the bases loaded. He struck out in the bottom of the 6th with no one one.

      redneck 0, church 1

    • jl9830 - Jul 16, 2012 at 9:27 AM

      Stop typing in caps, we can hear you in lowercase.

  8. joshftw - Jul 15, 2012 at 7:52 PM

    Well, to be fair, it’s partially the money. The rest is his tendency to do things like pop out with the bases loaded to end the game.

  9. kcredneck - Jul 15, 2012 at 7:55 PM

    YOU GUYS,I THINK, CRACK ME UP,I THROW OUT A LINE AND ONE OF YOU DUMMIES ALWAYS TAKES THE BAIT,HILARIOUS! !!!!!!”””” THANK YOU FOR A GOOD LAUGH!

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jul 15, 2012 at 8:22 PM

      Taking that trolling crap to PFT. We try to have intelligent conversations here not HERP DERP I TROLL YOU!?!!!!!!eleventy!!!1111!

      • mornelithe - Jul 15, 2012 at 10:47 PM

        Well, we try, but people keep letting KCredneck, and Bozos through the doors ;)

    • proudlycanadian - Jul 15, 2012 at 8:25 PM

      Harry! If you are out there, why don’t you take this guy on. He is stealing from your playbook.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Jul 15, 2012 at 8:58 PM

        anyone who upsets the apple cart is a friend of mine

  10. rockthered1286 - Jul 15, 2012 at 7:59 PM

    Who gives a flying F is he’s overpaid? The yanks have a never ending check book and use no problem adding zeroes to ensure they end up with top notch players up and down the line up. Am I bitter? Nope. Well aware Angelo’s could open his check book for my O’s and refuses to do so. Just stating the blatantly obvious.

  11. thatyankeedude - Jul 15, 2012 at 8:34 PM

    Without A rod the yankees don’t win the 2009 world series, it’s only been a few years after that, I think the Yankees and their fans just need to be a little patient. I’m not gonna lie though that pop up pissed me off pretty bad today lol

  12. yournuts - Jul 15, 2012 at 8:46 PM

    Arod is coming off a difficult injury. He is starting to swing the bat better. He has 2 hits today and 2 RBI’s. The problem with todays loss was the pitching. The Yankees still scored 3 runs in the ninth and had the bases loaded. I was more disappointed in Andruw Jones at bat today than Arods. Andruw just looked awful.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jul 16, 2012 at 8:19 AM

      About the only silver lining I can find in this really [relatively] bad season for him is, I wonder if he’s just not pushing as hard in the hopes he can stay healthy this year. They’ve played 88 games so far this year, and Arod has played in 85 of them. That’s 14 less than all of last year.

      Maybe if he makes it through entirely healthy, he starts to push himself a bit more at the end/playoffs and gets back to 2009/2010 Arod for next year?

  13. kcredneck - Jul 15, 2012 at 9:31 PM

    IM SORRY IF I PISSED OFF YOU BOYS OFF,LAUGH ALITTLE, BY THE WAY I CAUGHT ANOTHER ONE,FISHING BEEN VERY GOOD TO ME. HERE’S SOME MORE BAIT.

    • spellingcops - Jul 16, 2012 at 9:15 AM

      Stop yelling and learn punctuation.

    • protius - Jul 16, 2012 at 10:26 AM

      kc, here’s one of them there college questions for ya:

      Your ma tells me that your pa taught you to fish, but your sis tells me that your brother Earl taught you to fish.

      Now, if your brother is you pa, and your sis is your ma, then Earl must have taught you to fish.

  14. kcredneck - Jul 15, 2012 at 9:36 PM

    Protius, you’re never going to get that hook out of your ass, your sister wanted to say hi but…….

    • protius - Jul 16, 2012 at 9:43 AM

      I have no sisters, that was your mother you hooked. She was giving blowjobs to bass fish when you caught her.

      Did you know that your father has a bald spot on the top of his head? He has the Red Sox logo tatooed there. He gives every Red Sox fan a discount.

      Did you know that when you write in caps on an Internet message board, it means that you are afraid of not being heard. This is because when you were five or six years old, your father would have anal sex with you, and he would put his hand over your mouth to prevent your mother from hearing you cry.

  15. mornelithe - Jul 15, 2012 at 10:52 PM

    It’s pretty unlikely that Mr. Rodriguez is going to continue to underwhelm, besides, it could be worse…at least you’ve had a few years of production, we Boston fans still have to wait and see on ole Crawford, and don’t even get me started about Lackey lol.

    I’m sure he’ll turn things around eventually, though. And at least the rest of your offense is able to carry the weight in the interim. One game doesn’t appear to have had much effect on your standing. Keep it calm and cool Yanks.

  16. daviddmsvcp - Jul 16, 2012 at 12:02 AM

    A-Rod is going to end up with a sub .300 career batting average and I don’t see how he can hit more home runs than Bobby Bonds.

    His performance in the clutch seems to be consistently bad.

    When you make as much money as A-Rod, when you are as rich as A-Rod (he has to be worth nine figures — 100s of millions of dollars) what motivates you? Seriously, what motivates A-Rod? What the heck do we know about A-Rod, other than that he is rich, used to be really good, and is now just about average?

    • hondoheaven47 - Jul 16, 2012 at 12:10 AM

      Well, to be fair, he passed Bobby Bonds’ HR total almost a decade ago. His 333rd home run came on August 19, 2003 (thank you, baseball-reference.com).

      • daviddmsvcp - Jul 16, 2012 at 12:30 AM

        My bad!! sb Barry!!

    • purnellmeagrejr - Jul 16, 2012 at 7:23 AM

      Thanks to his decline in production it looks like we willl be spared what most thought would be the inevtability of AROD’s pursuit of the Home Run record. SOmething to give thanks for.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jul 16, 2012 at 8:20 AM

        He has 119 to go with 5 years left on his deal. Unless he completely falls off the wagon he should still be in pursuit.

  17. kcredneck - Jul 16, 2012 at 12:36 PM

    You’re still hooked ,amazing .

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