In fact, despite his lack of power this season, he is currently tied for sixth among ranking third baseman. That is hardly middle-of-the-road. And last year, in only 99 games, A-Rod was the fourth most valuable third baseman in baseball. I wouldn’t call that middle-of-the-road. Put him down around the fifteenth best, and we could talk. His current wOBA is only twelve points behind Miguel Cabrera. In other words, A-Rod is holding his own and he has not gotten hot yet or started to hit for power. And who is to say he won’t?
Look, I understand that A-Rod will never earn his current contract. So that is not even worth talking about. That was a Yankees’ mistake, not A-Rods. All of us would have signed that puppy. And I also understand that many will never give A-Rod any kind thoughts because of the PED thing. And there is little doubt that until the last couple of years, A-Rod was a bit of a misanthrope. Got it. But let’s get a couple of things straight. First, A-Rod lost a third of his season last year to injuries. Second, a season is a war, not a few battles. You can’t judge any player by where they are after 40+ games. If A-Rod stays healthy and plays 145 games, then talk to me after the season is over. If he finishes the season with a .404 slugging percentage like he has now, then we’ll have a cold beverage and agree with each other. But until then, stating that A-Rod is a middle-of-the-road player is just plain silly.