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A-Rod benched for Game 5

Oct 12, 2012, 1:27 PM EST

We don’t have the full lineups yet, but we have this much:

Over/under on closeups of Rodriguez on the bench during the game: 157.

I guess Joe Girardi was not impressed with Rodriguez’s track record against the Orioles’ starter, Jason Hammel. My prediction that he would be notwithstanding, I can’t say I can argue with him.

Look for A-Rod to get the first big pinch hitting shot at a lefty, but beyond that, the Yankees’ most expensive player is gonna ride the pine in an elimination game.

  1. kevinleaptrot - Oct 12, 2012 at 1:32 PM

    It’s the end of the world as we know it
    And I feel fine.

    Go #Orioles
    Go #Nats

    • anotheryx - Oct 12, 2012 at 1:52 PM

      Forgodsakes just pick a team and stop double dipping… you flipflopper.

      • kevinleaptrot - Oct 12, 2012 at 1:57 PM

        Sorry, grew up rooting for Braves and Os. Live in DC now and gotta root, root, root for the home team.

      • anotheryx - Oct 12, 2012 at 3:01 PM

        You are not exactly helping your case man…

      • dondada10 - Oct 12, 2012 at 3:48 PM

        Kevin, let me show you how it’s done.

        I’m a Mets fan. The other team I root for is whoever is playing the Yankees.

        That’s how you root for two teams.

    • acerob2002 - Oct 12, 2012 at 3:08 PM

      Find a bandwagon and jump on it I guess.

  2. illcomm - Oct 12, 2012 at 1:35 PM

    he has a 350 avg gainer this guy. why bench him. I think he is quietly hurt n nobody is saying it.

    • rockthered1286 - Oct 12, 2012 at 1:37 PM

      Whether or not he is, you know that if they end up losing today we’ll see a story tomorrow about A-Rod’s secret injury.Excusing your most expensive players poor play? Sounds about right for most teams across many sports (Gaborik for the Rangers comes to mind after last years knock out).

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Oct 12, 2012 at 1:45 PM

        He broke his hand a little while back, it’s entirely possible it’s still bothering him.

      • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Oct 12, 2012 at 2:11 PM

        His hitting woes started with a broken hand. When asked about his health after last night’s game, he said “good enough” which sounds like maybe it isn’t. Yes, the guy has entered his decline phase of his career, but I have to think the broken hand has more to do with it than old age suddenly hitting him like a truck at age 36.

    • rockthered1286 - Oct 12, 2012 at 1:39 PM

      And that 350 is career. THIS YEAR is closer to .220 with 0 HR’s, 2 BB and a K to boot. Very Lackluster says this guy.

      • polegojim - Oct 12, 2012 at 4:34 PM

        Exactly…. and even in his 350 years…. goes A-Rod A-wall during the playoffs.

        Mr. NONCLUTCH if there ever was one. All you have to do is SAY the word PLAYOFF, and he strikes out.

        Wish the rest of us could get paid that kind of cash for NOT performing precisely when needed the most. But enjoy that 100 mil – that’s on the YANKS and MLB.

  3. pinkfloydprism - Oct 12, 2012 at 1:36 PM

    Worst. Contract. Ever!

    • braddavery - Oct 12, 2012 at 2:24 PM

      Wait ’till you see Albert Pujols 5 years into his 10 year contract.

    • kevinleaptrot - Oct 12, 2012 at 2:25 PM

      Can’t believe they owe so much money to someone who appears to be getting old fast. Read somewhere that the Nats may be interested in Josh Hamilton and my first thought was “Noooooooooooooooooooooooo!” I think we’ll see the same thing happen to Prince Fielder in a couple of years.

  4. randygnyc - Oct 12, 2012 at 1:41 PM

    Lineups announced. Jeter is back at short. Chavez batting 9th, playing 3rd. NY sports radio on fire. I would’ve played him tonight. This move will have consequences beyond this game, or this playoff run.

    • jayscarpa - Oct 12, 2012 at 1:50 PM

      Nah, it will not. Arod is not going anywhere. Girardi is not going anywhere. I guess the team can take it out on Swisher & Granderson in the offseason but that’s about it. We’re going to see the same basic team in 2013.

      • jasncondit - Oct 12, 2012 at 1:59 PM

        Please take it out on Granderson and cut him so we the Tigers can bring him home! And we’ll keep the bounty of Scherzer and Austin Jackson. And then have Martinez, Fielder and Cabrera in our line up too. OUCH!!!!! If we win it this year we might repeat!

      • albertmn - Oct 12, 2012 at 3:23 PM

        Tigers win it? They can’t pitch Verlander 3 times in the next round, so they won’t even be advancing to the WS.

  5. icanspeel - Oct 12, 2012 at 1:43 PM

    I am sure the New York media would complain about how A-rod was used if the Yankees lost and A-rod played and also if the Yankees lost and A-rod is on the bench.

    Probably if they win too.

  6. Clark Street Sports - Oct 12, 2012 at 1:44 PM

    Is this the end of A-Rod in New York? This should be a fun offseason.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Oct 12, 2012 at 1:51 PM

      He’s owed roughly $100M over the next 5 years and that’s at age 37, who’s going to take that contract?

      • SOBEIT - Oct 12, 2012 at 1:54 PM

        Dodgers

      • rich7041 - Oct 12, 2012 at 1:55 PM

        More like $150M. Plus bonuses.

      • Clark Street Sports - Oct 12, 2012 at 2:12 PM

        If he agrees to a trade (and the Yankees pay a lot of that contract), then a number of teams would trade for him. Remember, he’s still a big name

  7. sandwiches4ever - Oct 12, 2012 at 1:46 PM

    No matter what happened with the suddenly Inanimate Carbon A-Rod, NY sports media would go into a tizzy. Going into a tizzy is what they do. It’s their job.

    • 18thstreet - Oct 12, 2012 at 3:36 PM

      Did you invent “Inanimate Carbon A-Rod”? I’m just wondering where to send the royalty checks — I’m going to be running that joke into the ground.

  8. steviep23 - Oct 12, 2012 at 1:47 PM

    It’s still entirely possible he has sand in his vag.

    • El Bravo - Oct 12, 2012 at 2:46 PM

      It isn’t sand, it’s Jeter glitter.

  9. southpaw2k - Oct 12, 2012 at 1:49 PM

    I’m taking the over on A-Rod closeups on the bench during the game.

  10. gmenfan1982 - Oct 12, 2012 at 1:51 PM

    Bench swisher and granderson to boot. Lineup should be Jeter, Suzuki, ibanez at DH, cano, teixeira, Chavez at 3rd, Martin, Gardner in cf, jones in left

    • rich7041 - Oct 12, 2012 at 1:56 PM

      Love the idea. Except Jones isn’t on the roster. Use Nix or Nunez instead.

      • kevinbnyc - Oct 12, 2012 at 2:15 PM

        Please don’t talk about Nunez playing defense. At any position. I’m already about to have a heart attack over this freakin series.

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Oct 12, 2012 at 2:15 PM

      Then you might as well bench Ichiro, Cano and Martin to boot. Tha lack of offense has been a team effort.

    • imauggiedoggie - Oct 12, 2012 at 3:16 PM

      …yankees NEED billy bean!

  11. sidelineshot - Oct 12, 2012 at 1:59 PM

    I understand A-Rod’s first 10-year contract. He was clearly the best player in MLB.

    The current contract? 5 years to go?
    The final 3 yrs are going to be brutal, unless he becomes a full time DH.

    • jayscarpa - Oct 12, 2012 at 2:07 PM

      The Yankees thought at the time they would make a mint off of ARod’s chase for the HR record. No one thought he would decline so much, so fast. I guess he could have a revival but 762 looks like a very outside shot now.

      • El Bravo - Oct 12, 2012 at 2:50 PM

        “No one thought he would decline so much, so fast.” Speak for yourself. I def saw this coming. Same for Soriano, Howard and Prince is next.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Oct 12, 2012 at 3:49 PM

        Hank Steinbrenner thought

        Fixed that for you. This contract is a large (pun intended) reason why Hal and Cashman are running the show now.

      • dondada10 - Oct 12, 2012 at 3:56 PM

        So then did you see Soriano’s 2012 revival, as well?

  12. uyf1950 - Oct 12, 2012 at 2:06 PM

    Here is the full Yankee Line Up:
    Derek Jeter SS
    Ichiro Suzuki LF
    Robinson Cano 2B
    Mark Teixeira 1B
    Raul Ibañez DH
    Nick Swisher RF
    Curtis Granderson CF
    Russell Martin C
    Eric Chavez 3B

    CC Sabathia LHP

    • 18thstreet - Oct 12, 2012 at 3:40 PM

      I think the BEST reason to root for NYY tonight is so that we can do this again for the ALCS.

      I’m torn.

  13. flyeredup - Oct 12, 2012 at 2:10 PM

    A-DUD

  14. acerob2002 - Oct 12, 2012 at 2:18 PM

    looks like a winning lineup to me!!

  15. lgwelsh1 - Oct 12, 2012 at 2:19 PM

    People seem to forget Alex is coming off a broken hand, more than likely he is still not 100%. I’m not defending him at all, just seeing a probable reason for his decline. He wouldn’t admit if he was hurting at all anyways. It’s clear he isn’t swinging the bat like he is capable of.

  16. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Oct 12, 2012 at 2:21 PM

    If 3B is a platoon now, I suppose the Yankees could add the salaries of ARod and Chavez together and divide by two. That way they have a pair of $15MM third basemen this year.

  17. mungman69 - Oct 12, 2012 at 2:24 PM

    Wow, turn on NY sports radio, they are frying everyone even the Babe

    • moogro - Oct 12, 2012 at 3:56 PM

      Who would do that?

  18. 13arod - Oct 12, 2012 at 2:50 PM

    the yankeys need to fire their hitting coch brcause he was trying to change he’s stance to be more like grandarson to be a pull hitter

  19. pologroundsvet - Oct 12, 2012 at 3:03 PM

    A-Rod earned the benching, but so have Swisher and Granderson. Perhaps also Tex. and even Cano. Not so sure about Ichiro. Cannot bench them all, unfortunately. At the end of the day this crop of pinstripers has not shown they can win big games. At least not the batters with the exception of Jete who will go down in history with all of the Yankee greats. A-Rod and Swisher with 2nd and 3rd one out were painful to watch, and Girardi lost the guts he had the night before to pinch hit for A-Rod when it mattered.

    • jayscarpa - Oct 12, 2012 at 3:09 PM

      The Yankees had to win a bunch of big games to get to today. There are 11 AL teams watching them on the telly today. They’ve been woefully inconsistent but if they hit today then it’s a brand new season.

  20. darthicarus - Oct 12, 2012 at 3:04 PM

    It’s all part of the plan, more or less.

    I watch too many kids shows :(

  21. deadrabbit79 - Oct 12, 2012 at 3:06 PM

    I just paid $4.20 a gallon for gas……Arod’s fault

    • El Bravo - Oct 12, 2012 at 3:20 PM

      420! Wooo

  22. jimmerg31385 - Oct 12, 2012 at 3:26 PM

    A-Rod is 8/22 with 4 HR against Hammel in his career. Chavez is 1/6 with 1 HR. His benching has to do with the pathetic late game at bats hes been putting up. Like a 4 pitch strikeout, no contact at bat against Darren O’Day and his 85 mph fastball that I could hit on the ground to second base.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Oct 12, 2012 at 3:51 PM

      no contact at bat against Darren O’Day and his 85 mph fastball that I could hit on the ground to second base.

      $100 says you wouldn’t even foul it off.

      • teamobijuan - Oct 12, 2012 at 5:18 PM

        Right, because jimmerg is getting paid $185k a game.

  23. jayscarpa - Oct 12, 2012 at 3:29 PM

    Let CC hit for himself.

  24. onbucky96 - Oct 12, 2012 at 3:50 PM

    Somewhere, in a remote cave, with his James Bond Villian command center up and running, sits Scott Boras. Smiling at how stupid the Yankees are for paying a ‘Roider that much money.

  25. bat42boy - Oct 12, 2012 at 4:53 PM

    It’s about time. He’s worthless!!!

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