Yankees Sit Alex Rodriguez: A Smart Move

10/12/12 in MLB   |   This_is_Rick   |   265 respect

If there ever was something to say about the downfall of Alex Rodriguez' career it's this: According to Buster Olney of ESPN, the multi-million dollar man will not be in the lineup for Game 5 tonight in New York.

All that is the current Alex Rodriguez—who has somehow shielded his steroid use, and swayed opinion claiming he is a flop—has been tucked away by Joe Girardi.
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Is it a smart move? 

Of course it is. Rodriguez is hitting a dismal 2 for 16 this postseason, including nine strikeouts, and his slow-footed defense on the hot-corner is definitely not a reason to keep him in the lineup; making certain that Ibanez is in the lineup is of much more importance; the move makes Girardi look like a smart manager too. 

Ibanez has the playoff attitude that Rodriguez can only admire and praise on interviews, falsely, like he did on Wednesday night after Ibanez picked up Alex's turtle-paced bat speed and decision making. Let's face it, the entire Yankees' lineup needs extra BP, so all blame can't be thrown on the shoulders of Alex Rodriguez, but as a leader and money-maker it does, without question.

The Yankees have managed to hang around every game, like they always do, feeding off of mistakes by the Orioles and getting timely offense from players you wouldn't expect. However, eventually that style get's you in trouble, like it did last night, resulting in a loss.

Girardi is smart to know his team can not gamble with another one-run mind-scratcher, especially when the series is on the line. Behind Sabathia, who is a proven big-name pitcher, the Yankees will need to score more than one run and Girardi knows that.

It's his job put a lineup on the field that can produce, or at least, have the ability to produce: Eric Chavez and Raul Ibanez will help that cause.

Alex Rodriguez will not—Millions wasted on a player that cheated, who somehow has hidden behind his "oh gee whiz'" mentality, earning chance after chance, until now. Alex Rodriguez is no longer in the scenario for success of the New York Yankees.

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10/15/12   |   PurrsAlot   |   1606 respect

with Jeter out they are ... Tiger bait.

10/14/12   |   This_is_Rick   |   265 respect

Great comments!

10/14/12   |   sabrinajohn2013   |   1 respect

 Let's face it, the entire Yankees' lineup your local plumber power flush  needs extra BP, so all blame can't be thrown on the shoulders of Alex Rodriguez, but as a leader and money-maker it does, without question.

10/13/12   |   PurrsAlot   |   1606 respect

based on game one why not still sit him?  just taking up an out.

10/13/12   |   PurrsAlot   |   1606 respect

I think he was given enough opportunities to produce.  Pitch hitting for him kept them in the series and probably was key to them winning that series with the O's.  In any business and lets face it professional baseball is a business, "you produce you play, you don't produce you don't play".  It's a team sport.  No one has a problem when Jackson would put O'Neal on the bench in the last 60 seconds of a game because he can't hit his free-throws.  In a close game you even bench your "stars".  It's about winning.  And sadly, A-Rod has not produced with his bat.  Maybe some pine-time will give him that breather to really get his head together and focus.  They are on to the next round, one series away from the World Series.  So it did pay off.  I am expecting they will play him to start the Detroit series because it's like an auto-reset.  Fresh series, new location etc.  But I would keep an eye on his productivity.  

Also, look at A-rod's playoff stats.  They don't live up to his yearly stats or his paid potential.  He tends to fold in october.  Sadly.

10/12/12   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

I would have stuck with A-Rod. No one has hit, he is a scape goat. Hopefully he gets a clutch pinch hit...

10/12/12   |   soapyjohnson   |   1 respect

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