Let’s lay all the cards on the table.
Alex Rodriguez batted .120, struck out 12 times out of 25 at-bats with zero homeruns and no RBIs in the 2012 MLB Postseason. It’s clear; “A-Rod” was simply abysmal in this year’s playoffs.
Aside from his offensive woes, Alex Rodriguez had gotten heat for trying to pick up women in the stands during Game 1 of the ALCS between the New York Yankees and the Detroit Tigers. While “A-Rod” continues to deny the reports, this type of behavior should not even be heard in October.
Alex Rodriguez’s inconsistent play, in addition to his irresponsible behavior got him benched for Game 3 and 4 of the ALCS. Rodriguez had one chance against a lefty in Game 4, but did not take advantage of the situation by flying out to the outfield. That was the last “A-Rod” moment of the 2012 MLB Season.
The same time Alex Rodriguez went down, so did the New York Yankees. The Detroit Tigers in the ALCS kicked the team with the best record in the American League this year to the curb. The Tigers swept the Yankees 4-0. It marks the first time the Yankees did not win a postseason game since 1980.
Now that the Yankees are no longer in the postseason, it’s back to the drawing board yet again for the organization. One of the major decisions the Yankees front office has to make is the situation with Alex Rodriguez. “A-Rod” had signed with the Yankees until 2017 with a no-trade clause. Rodriguez has to play five years out of his 10-year contract and still is owed $114 million dollars. However, if the New York Yankees do want to get rid of Alex Rodriguez, the team would have to pay the majority of his salary (Up to $80 million) in order to send Rodriguez to another team. Even the New York Yankees, a team that has the highest payroll in baseball would have to be forced to re-consider this strategy.
Alex Rodriguez plans to stay with the Yankees and has made it clear that he will bounce back from the awful performance every fan witnessed in the 2012 postseason.
Courtesy of ESPN:
“I’ve never thought about going to another team,” said A-Rod. “My focus is to stay here. Let’s make that very, very clear. I will be back and I have a lot to prove and I will come back on a mission.”
We would be in complete and utter shock if Alex Rodriguez weren’t with the New York Yankees next season. “A-Rod” is a 37-year-old ballplayer trying to revitalize his career, but we’re just not sure if it’ll ever come back. Still, you can never discount the heart and pride of a professional player. For “A-Rod’s” sake, let’s hope he gets his “mojo” back.
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