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Calling A-Rod a loser based on his performance in this year's playoffs is really lazy thinking. Baseball is such a statistical sport that it is impossible to fully judge a player based on 15 at-bats.

A .333 hitter would have 5 hits in 15 at-bats, and A-Rod had 2. That's not a huge difference. In his next 15 at-bats A-Rod could easily have had 7 hits, bringing him up to a .300 level.

Even the best players have bad series. All it takes is a homer or two in the next few years' playoffs and this year is forgotten.

I don't quite understand why everyone is so quick to bag on A-Rod. Maybe it's because he is fabulously young, wealthy, attractive, and talented and makes it look soooo easy?


Ted Williams didn't hit well in the one WS he got into, yet he was possibly the best hitter of all time. Ken's got it right; it's a very compressed time frame.

If the Yankees don't like him, I'll take him for my team.

Exiled in NJ

21 1 0 0 0 0 1 5 6 .000 .192

Anyone recognize this line? 1952 World Series, Yanks win 4-3 over Brooklyn. This line belongs to Brooklyn's sainted first basemen, Gil Hodges. What a bum!

Come to think of it, I recall Johnny Damon was not doing squat until he faced Kevin Brown in the first inning of Game 7 of the 2004 LCS with the bases loaded.


For that matter, Willie Stargell in the 1971 WS with the Pirates:
24 3 5 1 0 0 1 7 9 .208 .387 .250

Of course, Pops turned it around in 1979:
30 7 12 4 0 3 7 0 6 .400 .375 .833

harry near indy

people, we need a better name.

for the player who does very well during the season, call him the player of the year -- or p.o.t.y.

for the player who helps his team win serieses, call him the m.v.p.

Exiled in NJ

Take these comments with a grain of salt; we do not receive the Yankees games on Dish, and I have always followed the National League, but there is something in A-rod that brings back the early Mike Schmidt. For years the fans in Philly were ambivalent about Schmitty and his lack of emotion and rah-rah spirit. I don't think fans really appreciated Schmidt until his abilities started to decline, and injuries came. His playoff performances in 1976-78 were nothing exceptional, nor was he the key against the Astros in 1980, but once the series began, he, Steve Carlton and Tug McGraw carried the rest of the team on their backs.

A-rod plays next to a man with all the right gestures and innate leadership abilities. In addition, A-rod struck the mother lode. That's a lot to overcome, but I would ask the Yankee fan if they would rather have Aaron Boone back at third base~~you could make an argument for Scott Brosius, another class player like Saint Derek and Paul O'Neill, but Scott is a bit long in the tooth.

Jack Roy

The MVP should go to the player who's most valuable to his team, and has in the past, but recently it tends to get awarded to the biggest offense producer just because that's who the voters tend to watch. Just think: Even after the introduction of the win shares stat, you never hear that discussed when MVPs are decided. Instead, it's BA, HR, and RBI.

I'll second a sentiment of someone whose name escapes me: If the MVP were really awarded to the P who was MV to his team, David Ortiz would have been one of the two leading candidates, and Mariano Rivera would have been the other. Although Garland or Buehrle probably should be considered, too.

The rap against A-Rod was around before the playoffs; during the regular season he was the anti-clutch hitter. Living in New York (and cheering for Boston) I heard plenty of this from fans of many teams: A-Rod was the kind of player who could hit three HRs and 10 RBIs in a blowout, but with RISP in the seventh of a close game with one out, he couldn't hit a single. Ortiz, on the other hand, killed in those situations.

What struck me about the balloting this year was how close it was. I think that Ortiz being a DH probably settled the matter against his winning, but it was still quite a race---something remarkable about that. Not as nice as actually winning, of course. But still.

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