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Get ready for more Alex Rodriguez benchings

Oct 12, 2012, 8:41 PM EDT

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The Yankees decided it wasn’t in their best interests to play Alex Rodriguez against Jason Hammel in Friday’s Game 5. So why on earth would he start against any of the right-handers the Tigers will throw in the ALCS?

Here’s how he’s performed against Detroit’s rotation:

Doug Fister: 1-for-5, 1 BB, 1 K
Max Scherzer: 1-for-10, 1 BB, 4 K
Justin Verlander: 8-for-24, 3 HR, 4 BB, 3 K
Anibal Sanchez: 0-for-3

Rodriguez sat today even though he was 8-for-22 with four homers against Hammel. It was a more favorable matchup than any of the four that are coming up for him. The interesting thing is that Rodriguez has excelled against Verlander, particularly this year. He was 4-for-6 with two homers in two games against the Tigers ace in 2012. Still, it’s hard to see the A-Rod of the last few days getting around on Verlander’s heat.

All that said, he’s still Alex Rodriguez, the active major league leader in homers and RBI. I’d actually be in favor of playing him against Fister in Game 1. If he has some good at-bats, stick with him. If he doesn’t, pack him in mothballs. It’s not fair that the rest of A-Rod’s postseason should come down to his performance in one game, but this isn’t about being fair; it’s about winning.

  1. crpls - Oct 12, 2012 at 8:52 PM

    BUT HE ISN’T CLUTCH ZOMG!!!!!111111, etc.

    • ezthinking - Oct 12, 2012 at 9:37 PM

      Why so little talk about coming back from the broken hand? Many players the have broke a hand around the Allstar break miss the rest of the season.

      He’s back, but clearly not healthy. Derek Lee won a batting title and was off to another hot year. Broken hand later, he came back the next season, but had no power to the following year.

      • jxegh - Oct 12, 2012 at 9:47 PM

        If you want to compare Derreck Lee to A-Rod? Ok, they’re both 37 years old and – wait – Lee’s out of baseball. A-Rod’s career is coming to a close and with his age, coming back from an injury may be the last straw. Oh yeah, no more steroids.

      • ezthinking - Oct 12, 2012 at 10:01 PM

        How about Votto then? Busted up knee – no power since coming back. The fact no one acknowledges the injury is lame. pun intended.

      • jxegh - Oct 12, 2012 at 10:21 PM

        Votto is 29 years old – big difference

      • protius - Oct 13, 2012 at 3:17 PM


        The comparison of A-Rod to Derek Lee is a good one. Your reference to steroids, however, is moronic.

        A-Rod last used PEDs during 2003 season, which was ten seasons ago. Therefore, he has had many productive seasons without any PEDs in his system. How would you account for that? I’m sure the readers would like to understand your reasoning on this issue.

  2. thehypercritic - Oct 12, 2012 at 8:55 PM

    “it’s not fair”?!

    I think you meant to say it’s neither reasonable nor rational. Beyond a need to preserve the player and asset you must work with for the next five years, we’ve learned that judging a player by a month of games is far too small a sample size to draw the signal out of the noise — you’re suggesting a billion dollar business should make a decision on the evidence of a single game? Or even a single postseason?

    Stop with the recency bias. Stop trying to draw conclusions from micro data sets. It’s trolling and it’s beneath the standard set by HBT.

    • pjmarn6 - Oct 12, 2012 at 10:12 PM

      What the fu*k are you talking about? Look at his last five seasons! Each one is worse than the one before. He has always been a choker. Look back at all his hits and rbis. Most have been unimportant to the win. When was the last time that he had a timely hit or drove in a winning run. Do the work and then come back here and show the work. I am disgusted that $30,000,000 is spent on this loser. If he had played 162 and gotten 500 at bats and gotten 4 pitches at each at bat, he would have “EARNED” almost $45,000 per pitch. That is as much as a school teacher “EARNS” in a year.
      The “LOSER” should have retired with some dignity than becoming a bench jockey.

      • zzalapski - Oct 12, 2012 at 10:43 PM

        Yes, because if someone offers you a shit-ton of money to suck at your job as badly as A-Rod purportedly sucks at his, you’ll turn it down.

        By the way, I’m pretty sure the Yankees don’t win that 14-inning thriller against Oakland back on 9/22 if A-Rod didn’t reach base five times to score three runs. That took me about as much time to look up as it did for you to calculate his earning per pitch. You’re welcome.

      • protius - Oct 13, 2012 at 8:03 AM

        PJ, according to a 2012 Sports Money report, the Yankee’s share of the Alex Rodriguez brand paid off his contract in full in 2010. Basically, he’s been playing for free for three seasons, i.e., 2010, 2011, 2012.

        If he’s been playing for free for three years, then your numbers need to be re-calculated downward.

    • mdisptch11 - Oct 13, 2012 at 10:54 AM

      So in other words zzapalaski, we SHOULD base it on one game. Maybe if this series was against the A’s then we would be good. If his manager does not have faith in him, why should anyone else?

      • zzalapski - Oct 13, 2012 at 2:54 PM

        Uh, I was responding to pj’s query of when the last time A-Rod was instrumental in a victory, mainly out of boredom. If you want my assessment of his ability this postseason, it’s nothing that hasn’t already been reasonably proposed:

        – at 37 years old, it’s no surprise his hitting has declined
        – he still may not be fully recovered from his hand injury
        – the Yankees ran into a string of really good pitching, as other hitters had a miserable series

        With all that, I still think he has enough left in the tank to be the best choice at 3B in a given lineup. If Girardi wants to sub him in certain matchups, well, he would be more informed than I would to make those types of decisions.

  3. mybrunoblog - Oct 12, 2012 at 9:18 PM

    I think Girardi will start Arod in game 1. Girardi will say that Arod needed to “get some rest and regroup”. Personally I want to see him back in the lineup.

    • pjmarn6 - Oct 13, 2012 at 10:26 AM

      zzalapski I said the yanks were idiots signing a player to a $30,000,000 contract until he was 42 years old! Gee zzalapski even a drunk will manage to pee in a toilet if you give him enough chances. My guess is that you would not be embarrassed to get two hits in four games and strike out 5 times in 4 games when your time and fans are counting on you!

      • zzalapski - Oct 13, 2012 at 3:06 PM

        I would guess that on the downside of a Hall-of-Fame career, A-Rod probably handles failure pretty well. He certainly wouldn’t be embarrassed on the account of frothing and irrational internet haters who have not and will never be as accomplished as he has been. Hell, he’d give more thought to which hot chick(s) he’s going to bang this winter than to whatever anyone here says about him. And rightfully so.

  4. jprcox - Oct 12, 2012 at 9:47 PM

    ARod’s play is nothing short of a conundrum. He’s the best player in baseball I wouldn’t want to rely on to win a game – or even play well when his team needs. ARod seems to excel in regular play and when games are not on the line – with few exceptions.

    I think that will summarize his career, and I am sure now how he wanted to be viewed.

  5. eugenesaxe - Oct 12, 2012 at 9:57 PM

    Please. He’ll start Game 1, and suck.

    • pjmarn6 - Oct 12, 2012 at 10:15 PM

      He would suck even if he doesn’t start game one. He is too busy looking how to invest his millions. Hey pay me $30,000,000 to sit on the bench. Hell I would do it for a cool million.

      • protius - Oct 13, 2012 at 8:06 AM

        You would probably be willing to suck for free.

  6. libertynchurch - Oct 12, 2012 at 10:08 PM

    Yankees offense designed to overcome a slump. If Cano and Granderson were performing, ARods slump would only be relevant to the many ARod Haters out there. And yes, it is a slump, just like Jeters last year. It’s just happening at the worst possible time.

    • pjmarn6 - Oct 12, 2012 at 10:15 PM

      Then why did the Yankees win and Granderson come through?

      • yournuts - Oct 13, 2012 at 1:47 AM

        pjmarn6, Because people do break out of slumps. As a Yankee fan it was depressing to see the team slump, sometimes it is contagious. It happens to ALL TEAMS. Look at how the Reds slumped the last two games of the NLDS? Remember when Jeter was slumping and everyone in the media said his career was over? Give it a break Arod hater. Enjoy the game, tyou can’t get to the postseason without good pitching. Look at how the Giants won the World Series two years ago with their pitching staff?

    • pjmarn6 - Oct 13, 2012 at 10:27 AM

      Protius you would be the sucker or suckee?

      • protius - Oct 13, 2012 at 3:08 PM

        Sorry, I’m not that kind of duck.

  7. libertynchurch - Oct 12, 2012 at 10:33 PM

    ARod didnt threaten to kill anybody for his contracts. Dont hate the player, hate the game. What was he supposed to do, not sign those contracts to make someone like you happy? Hell, everybody knows that todays atheletes are
    overpaid, compared to their predessors. Why you hatin on ARod so hard? If you really dont like him, turn off your damn TV. That’ll show him a thing or two!

    • pjmarn6 - Oct 12, 2012 at 11:47 PM

      He CHEATED! He beefed himself up to look good using steroids and when steroids and testing came around, he couldn’t use them and started on the natural decline of an aging sports figure. The Yankees stupidly gave him a long term contract and are idiots.

      • yournuts - Oct 13, 2012 at 1:49 AM

        pjmarn6, yea real idiots that have been to the playoffs 17 out of the last 18 years. You should be such an idiots.

      • badintent - Oct 13, 2012 at 2:57 AM

        Hal gave him the $$$$$$. Hal is now in the broom closet . the 2 brothers and Cashman make the $$$ decisions now. Somewhere, Scott Boras is laughing his butt off.

      • protius - Oct 13, 2012 at 8:26 AM

        You whine like a little girl. He cheated, oh boo hoo hoo. How old are you?

        He had the audacity to admit his mistake to the world while everyone else who is involved in the scandal is still concealing their PED use, and yet you refuse to acknowledge his act of courage. This says more about you and your absurd “lynch mob” mentality, than it says about Alex Rodriguez.

        You are incapable of recognizing the difference between his accomplishments before, during and after his PED use, and you are incapable of recognizing his ability as a player in general.

        Personally, I highly doubt that you ever played the game of baseball in your life, even at the Little League level, because you have no understanding of what it takes to accomplish the things that A-Rod has accomplished with or without PEDs.

  8. 13arod - Oct 12, 2012 at 11:19 PM

    he is going to be good after he sat down today he just needed rest

    • pjmarn6 - Oct 12, 2012 at 11:58 PM

      Anyone will tell you that Rodriguez is 37 and washed up. He really shouldn’t take $30,000,000 when he doesn’t earn it. He should retire and forfeit the money. Which of course he is not going to do.
      As my very rude and disgusting father used to say about rich people, how many toilets can they take a crap in at the same time?????
      As Rodriguez is not going to forfeit the money, then he should donate it to charities. After all he has more money than GOD! He could donate the money to Planned Parenthood, or Urban Prep Charter Academy in Chicago Illinois which sends every single graduating senior to an accredited 4 year university and the entire student body is BLACK!
      What the fu*k is he going to do with $150,000,000 more? Build more toilets?

      • yournuts - Oct 13, 2012 at 2:03 AM

        You also told us Jeter was washed up Einstein. Looks like that wasn’t true either. Your just a hater who is jealous.

      • protius - Oct 13, 2012 at 8:30 AM

        You are living proof that the acorn doesn’t fall far from the tree.

      • zzalapski - Oct 13, 2012 at 3:12 PM

        Maybe he does already and chooses not to publicize it. As is his right.

    • pjmarn6 - Oct 13, 2012 at 10:34 AM

      Protius hate to break the news to you but there was a time when players didn’t cheat and en mass didn’t use chemicals to enhance performance. Since you are so glad you witnessed thousands of games when the results were solely due to cheating, you must be overjoyed. I enjoy my memories when the game was played by real humans and not players under chemically induced circumstances. The Mantle-Maris race was exciting and Maris lost his hair, not to drugs, but to nerves.
      The players who erased Maris’s record are all cheaters who used chemicals. That’s what you want then you are the no 1 fan of fake wrestling. Go home and sit on the couch with your grandma and enjoy that sport. You have no morals and ethics and pay through the nose to see cheating and not the real sport than go support Lance Armstrong!

      • protius - Oct 13, 2012 at 3:05 PM


        You wrote: “Protius hate to break the news to you but there was a time when players didn’t cheat and en mass didn’t use chemicals to enhance performance.” Please spare me your grammar school dramatics, and make your point.

        You wrote: “Since you are so glad you witnessed thousands of games when the results were solely due to cheating, you must be overjoyed.” I don’t know what arguments you are responding to, but none of mine mentions anything about the joy of cheating. I accused you of not playing organized baseball at the lowest level, and you have chosen to ignore that accusation and speak to an issue that I never raised. Nice try. How stupid do you think the readers are? They realize that you are ducking the challenge. You can run, but you can’t hide.

        You wrote: “The players who erased Maris’s record are all cheaters who used chemicals. That’s what you want then you are the no 1 fan of fake wrestling (sic).” I didn’t know that you had a problem with reading comprehension, and that you were so touchy about it. Please re-read my comments; I do not endorse the use of PEDs. I endorse Yankee fans supporting Yankee players. I appreciate the fact that Alex Rodriguez had the courage to man-up; when he knew he would be ridiculed for it. Yes, he did try to avoid it, who wouldn’t, but in the end, he did the right thing.

        There are a few hundred other players on a list that have yet to do the right thing, and suffer the slings and arrows that A-Rod has had to endure, because he chose to do the right thing. I endorse his courage. I understand his courage. You, on the other hand, have demonstrated that you are confused by the subtleties of morals and ethics.

        Good luck with that.

  9. dgmorris1963 - Oct 13, 2012 at 12:01 AM

    Alex and Yankee radio play by play cheerleader John Sterling should both be jumping around with Pom-poms. And how does their GM, the little weasel Cashman get a pass year after year? I’ve been a Yankee fan for 40 years, , but I don’t have a sense of entitlement like so many Yankee fans seem to. Nor do I feel the Yankees will get past Detroit.

    • yournuts - Oct 13, 2012 at 2:01 AM

      John Sterling is the YANKEE play by play man. All play by play men that are hired by the clubs are cheerleaders and homers. In San Francisco the have Mike Krukow, in Chicago they have Ken Harrelson, in LA Vin Scully, the Orioles have Gary Thorne, the Tigers have Dan Dickerson.

      Cashmen has done a GREAT JOB. Look he got Raoul Ibanez, Eric Dickerson, and Andruw Jones. All great pickups. All contributed this year. Also Jayson Nix was awesome too.

      • dgmorris1963 - Oct 13, 2012 at 3:12 AM

        As a announcer you should have a objective opinion. As for Cashman, here are just a few names I would not put on my resume Mr.Shit for Brains,I mean “your nuts”. Carl Pavano, A.J. Burnett, Kei Igawa and Kyle Farnsworth to name a few. But hey, it’s just money, right?

    • banggbiskit - Oct 13, 2012 at 7:47 AM

      I hate to say this DG to a lifelong Yankee fan, but we don’t want cha. We dont need fans like this. Also, why is Cashman a ‘little weasel’? You dont sound like a Yankee fan at all, no true fan talks this way about his family.

      • protius - Oct 13, 2012 at 9:36 AM

        I agree with you bang.

        I think that a Yankee fan bad mouthing Yankee personnel in public is bad form. It not only demeans the Yankees as a team, but also every Yankee fan that follows the team.

        How do we, as fans, justify the berating of one of our own? Isn’t there something psychologically conflicting about being a member of a family, and then criticizing your parents and your siblings for their flaws? What’s the point? What is there to gain from dragging someone down? Especially dragging him down in front of strangers from other teams. What does that make Yankee fans look like? Furthermore, siding with those who put down your team, is an act of betrayal. If a person in the U.S. military does something like that, they are shot as traitors. I just wish some Yankee fans would think more about what they write when in the public domain.

        The Yankees are a very successful team; therefore, they are frequently the target of jealous haters and instead of siding with these creeps, Yankee fans should try defending their own.

      • mdisptch11 - Oct 13, 2012 at 11:16 AM

        Protius, talking about A-Rod’s, “act of courage,” and the shooting of traitors of country’s. A little extreme don’t you think? An act of courage is running into a burning house knowing it might collapse. Not admitting to doing something against the rules and knowing there would be no repercussions. By your way of thinking, any criminal that admits to guilt is courageous. And I guess that no one in your family better not disagree with you because they will get disowned. Scary family.

      • protius - Oct 13, 2012 at 2:30 PM


        You wrote: “An act of courage is running into a burning house knowing it might collapse.” There are many different kinds of courage, and there are many acts that represent them.

        Telling the truth, even though you know that there will be repercussions, i.e., going to bed early, sitting in the corner, having your accomplishments questioned, being called names by fans and the press, etc, etc, is at one end of the courage spectrum, and running into a burning building is at the other, therefore, your comments are shortsighted, and miss the point.

        You wrote: “. By your way of thinking, any criminal that admits to guilt is courageous.” Evidently, you are not very skilled at making analogies either.
        Alex Rodriguez has not been charged with a crime for using PEDs; therefore he is not a criminal. Your analogy is worthless. The sentence before this analogy is irrational. Can you do anything right?

        Considering that you are unable to conceive of a proper analogy; I am not surprised that you are not able to understand one.

        Clearly, my comparison of a family with Yankee fans soared over your head, and confused you, and apparently caused you to write your somewhat incoherent response. Is there anyone in your family that suffers from this same problem?

  10. banggbiskit - Oct 13, 2012 at 7:46 AM

    Alex will play. Maybe not every game, but he will play. Chavez is his backup and he’s also invisible. Both players are solid defensively. If Chavez was hitting hot, no way Al would play. Also, Chavez is a much more valuable pinch hitter than A rod. No way Alex would be able to come in a game and make something happen…you’re better off starting Alex and using Chavy as a pinch hitter late in the game.

    • pjmarn6 - Oct 13, 2012 at 10:40 AM

      Protius: You got yourself ass backward. A real Yankee fan would demand that the Yankees be on the for front to clean up the game. After all they have billions of dollars to throw at salaries. What the fu*k they need to have the members of the team cheating with drugs? Someone started and everyone jumped on the gravy train. Try going to the track and knowing that the horses are drugged!
      You are going to bet $1000 on a nag not knowing which one is drugged and throwing your money away? That is what you did when you paid all those thousands of dollars watching the baseball games and paying ridiculous prices for seats, cable and listening to those lousy radio stations that used 75% of the air time to sell commercials to pay the highly ridiculous salaries to the drug induced players.
      The Yankees won 5 world series in a row. Where were your drugs then?

      • protius - Oct 13, 2012 at 4:01 PM


        You wrote: “Protius: You got yourself ass backward.” No, you have a problem with reading comprehension. Please don’t try to pass off your problem with understanding simple concepts, as me not being a good Yankee fan. I am content to let the readers compare our correspondence, and decide for themselves whether or not I’m a good Yankee fan.

        You wrote: “A real Yankee fan would demand that the Yankees be on the for front to clean up the game. After all they have billions of dollars to throw at salaries.” You are begging the question. You assume that the Yankees aren’t quietly leading MLB in an effort to baseball of drug abuse. Furthermore, you aren’t a very astute fan of the game.

        The Yankee payroll is nowhere near a billion dollars, and Hal Steinbrenner has said on many occasions that he wants to bring the payroll below the $189 million luxury tax level. You need to stop playing the fool, and start paying attention,

        You wrote: “What the fu*k they need to have the members of the team cheating with drugs?” As of 2012, no current member of the team has ever failed a PED test as a New York Yankee; therefore, your accusation is a lie.

        You wrote: “you paid all those thousands of dollars watching the baseball games and paying ridiculous prices for seats, cable and listening to those lousy radio stations that used 75% of the air time to sell commercials to pay the highly ridiculous salaries to the drug induced players.” Once again, you beg the question. You assume that Yankee players used PEDs and that I, and other fans paid to watch PED injected Yankees play baseball. No Yankee player has ever tested positive for PEDs. If you have proof to the contrary, then please present it.

        Finally, you wrote: “The Yankees won 5 world series in a row. Where were your drugs then?” During the 1950’s I did St. Joseph’s Aspirin for Children, it came in a glass bottle. My mother kept it in the medicine cabinet. During the mid to late 1990’s, I kept my weed in a leather tobacco pouch, in a cool, dry closet near the back porch.

        Twelve years into the new millennium, I no longer use the Herb of the Gods.

  11. dgmorris1963 - Oct 13, 2012 at 1:32 PM

    Comparing playing a game, like baseball to serving in the military is a joke. Baseball is entertainment, like going to the movies; being in the military is not a joke.

    • protius - Oct 13, 2012 at 4:36 PM

      Not understanding the meaning of an analogy is pathetic. Having poor reading comprehension skills, and proudly showing them off in public is priceless.

    • pjmarn6 - Oct 15, 2012 at 4:28 PM

      protius I don’t give a damn what kind of a fan you are. Your statements are ridiculous. I am at the heart of the question. The players cheated with the will and consent of management to get more asses like you into the seats and take the free games off the air. I was watching the Yankees in the early 50’s when they were on WPIX in NY. Idiot the Yankees paid a billion dollars for salaries over 5 years. You can’t add? You don’t know mathematics? Are you really that stupid that you don’t know there are chemicals out there that mask PEDs? And you really think that just because 2-3 players were caught this year that the problem went away. Does your mother read you these fairy tales every night? You really believe that using drugs didn’t get these ridiculous players these ridiculous salaries and the stupid radio station doesn’t spend 75% of its on air time selling its air time for commercials? So you screwed up your mind with marijuana! No wonder you are spouting ridiculous statements, are amoral and screwed up. You are the prime example of how “THE WEED” destroys the mind.

  12. dgmorris1963 - Oct 13, 2012 at 7:18 PM

    If you are unable to understand my line of reasoning, maybe you should stick to reading the NY Post or some children’s books.

    • protius - Oct 13, 2012 at 8:22 PM

      Your line of reasoning demonstrates that you have poor reading comprehension skills.

      Your willingness to repeatedly show the readers that you have poor reading comprehension skills demonstrates that you have no idea that your ignorance is showing.

      Equating a newspaper with children’s books proves that you are unable to distinguish the difference between the two venues. For you, reading one is as difficult as reading the other; therefore it comes as no surprise to me that reading a simple analogy has baffled your simple mind.

      Perhaps you should sign up for some remedial reading course for sixth graders.

  13. irish219 - Oct 14, 2012 at 1:21 AM

    Hey why not give A-Rod a decrease in pay, and then give it to Ibanez. They would be getting their money’s worth then.

    • protius - Oct 14, 2012 at 2:34 AM

      Do the player’s agents argue the details of contracts with the union and the owners lawyers, in Never-never land? While you’re thinking about that, ask Cap’n Hook to send Wendy to my room with a pitcher of Martinis and a smile.

  14. dgmorris1963 - Oct 18, 2012 at 7:12 AM

    Prostitus,I don’t believe you could get laid in a whorehouse with a fistful of $50’s. Can we say troll!

  15. irish219 - Oct 18, 2012 at 6:05 PM

    Easy Protius, who slapped the sailor cock out of your mouth, and made you so angry? Don’t be so sensitive!

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