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Sunday, January 25, 2015

Alex Rodriguez got advice from Barry Bonds. Who else would he talk to?

Below is a list with the 26 players with at least 500 career home runs.   Barry Bonds is number one.  Alex Rodriguez number five.  Of the four ahead of Rodriguez, Ruth and now Banks are dead and Aaron and Mays are really old.  There are very few players on this planet who could command the respect of Aex Rodriguez and Bonds is certainly number one.


Rk Player HR OPS+ From To Age G PA AB R H 2B 3B RBI BB IBB SO HBP SH SF GDP SB CS BA OBP SLG OPS Pos Tm
1 Barry Bonds 762 182 1986 2007 21-42 2986 12606 9847 2227 2935 601 77 1996 2558 688 1539 106 4 91 165 514 141 .298 .444 .607 1.051 *78H/D9 PIT-SFG
2 Hank Aaron 755 155 1954 1976 20-42 3298 13941 12364 2174 3771 624 98 2297 1402 293 1383 32 21 121 328 240 73 .305 .374 .555 .928 *9783DH/45 MLN-ATL-MIL
3 Babe Ruth 714 206 1914 1935 19-40 2504 10622 8399 2174 2873 506 136 2214 2062 1330 43 113 2 123 117 .342 .474 .690 1.164 971/8H3 BOS-NYY-BSN
4 Willie Mays 660 156 1951 1973 20-42 2992 12496 10881 2062 3283 523 140 1903 1464 192 1526 44 13 91 251 338 103 .302 .384 .557 .941 *8H/39675 NYG-SFG-NYM
5 Alex Rodriguez 654 143 1994 2013 18-37 2568 11344 9818 1919 2939 519 30 1969 1240 92 2075 169 16 101 240 322 76 .299 .384 .558 .942 65D/H SEA-TEX-NYY
6 Ken Griffey 630 136 1989 2010 19-40 2671 11304 9801 1662 2781 524 38 1836 1312 246 1779 81 8 102 199 184 69 .284 .370 .538 .907 *89DH/73 SEA-CIN-CHW
7 Jim Thome 612 147 1991 2012 20-41 2543 10313 8422 1583 2328 451 26 1699 1747 173 2548 69 1 74 165 19 20 .276 .402 .554 .956 3D5H CLE-PHI-CHW-LAD-MIN-BAL
8 Sammy Sosa 609 128 1989 2007 20-38 2354 9896 8813 1475 2408 379 45 1667 929 154 2306 59 17 78 202 234 107 .273 .344 .534 .878 *98D/H7 TEX-CHW-CHC-BAL
9 Frank Robinson 586 154 1956 1976 20-40 2808 11742 10006 1829 2943 528 72 1812 1420 218 1532 198 17 102 270 204 77 .294 .389 .537 .926 97D3H8/5 CIN-BAL-LAD-CAL-CLE
10 Mark McGwire 583 163 1986 2001 22-37 1874 7660 6187 1167 1626 252 6 1414 1317 150 1596 75 3 78 147 12 8 .263 .394 .588 .982 *3/HD59 OAK-STL
11 Harmon Killebrew 573 143 1954 1975 18-39 2435 9833 8147 1283 2086 290 24 1584 1559 160 1699 48 0 77 243 19 18 .256 .376 .509 .884 357DH/49 WSH-MIN-KCR
12 Rafael Palmeiro 569 132 1986 2005 21-40 2831 12046 10472 1663 3020 585 38 1835 1353 172 1348 87 15 119 232 97 40 .288 .371 .515 .885 *3D7/H98 CHC-BAL-TEX
13 Reggie Jackson 563 139 1967 1987 21-41 2820 11418 9864 1551 2584 463 49 1702 1375 164 2597 96 13 68 183 228 115 .262 .356 .490 .846 *9D8H/7 KCA-BAL-NYY-CAL-OAK
14 Manny Ramirez 555 154 1993 2011 21-39 2302 9774 8244 1544 2574 547 20 1831 1329 216 1813 109 2 90 243 38 33 .312 .411 .585 .996 79D/H CLE-BOS-LAD-CHW-TBR
15 Mike Schmidt 548 147 1972 1989 22-39 2404 10062 8352 1506 2234 408 59 1595 1507 201 1883 79 16 108 156 174 92 .267 .380 .527 .908 *53/H64 PHI
16 Mickey Mantle 536 172 1951 1968 19-36 2401 9907 8102 1676 2415 344 72 1509 1733 126 1710 13 14 47 113 153 38 .298 .421 .557 .977 *8397H/645 NYY
17 Jimmie Foxx 534 163 1925 1945 17-37 2317 9676 8134 1751 2646 458 125 1922 1452 1311 13 71 69 87 73 .325 .428 .609 1.038 *35H2/7916 PHA-BOS-CHC-PHI
18 Frank Thomas 521 156 1990 2008 22-40 2322 10075 8199 1494 2468 495 12 1704 1667 168 1397 87 0 121 226 32 23 .301 .419 .555 .974 *D3/H CHW-OAK-TOR
19 Willie McCovey 521 147 1959 1980 21-42 2588 9692 8197 1229 2211 353 46 1555 1345 260 1550 69 5 70 176 26 22 .270 .374 .515 .889 *3H7/9D SFG-SDP-OAK
20 Ted Williams 521 190 1939 1960 20-41 2292 9788 7706 1798 2654 525 71 1839 2021 86 709 39 5 20 197 24 17 .344 .482 .634 1.116 *79H/1 BOS
21 Albert Pujols 520 162 2001 2014 21-34 2117 9241 7943 1514 2519 561 16 1603 1115 286 906 92 1 90 297 98 38 .317 .403 .588 .991 *37D5/9H64 STL-LAA
22 Ernie Banks 512 122 1953 1971 22-40 2528 10394 9421 1305 2583 407 90 1636 763 198 1236 70 45 96 229 50 53 .274 .330 .500 .830 36/H57 CHC
23 Eddie Mathews 512 143 1952 1968 20-36 2391 10100 8537 1509 2315 354 72 1453 1444 107 1487 26 36 58 123 68 39 .271 .376 .509 .885 *53/H7 BSN-MLN-ATL-HOU-DET
24 Mel Ott 511 155 1926 1947 17-38 2730 11348 9456 1859 2876 488 72 1860 1708 896 64 109 82 89 .304 .414 .533 .947 *95H8/74 NYG
25 Gary Sheffield 509 140 1988 2009 19-40 2576 10947 9217 1636 2689 467 27 1676 1475 130 1171 135 9 111 235 253 104 .292 .393 .514 .907 975D/6H3 MIL-SDP-FLA-LAD-ATL-NYY-DET-NYM
Rk Player HR OPS+ From To Age G PA AB R H 2B 3B RBI BB IBB SO HBP SH SF GDP SB CS BA OBP SLG OPS Pos Tm
26 Eddie Murray 504 129 1977 1997 21-41 3026 12817 11336 1627 3255 560 35 1917 1333 222 1516 18 2 128 315 110 43 .287 .359 .476 .836 *3D/H57 BAL-NYM-CLE-LAD-ANA
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Generated 1/23/2015.

A-Rod gets tips from Barry Bonds
Updated: January 21, 2015, 5:03 PM ET
By Andrew Marchand ESPNNewYork.com

Alex Rodriguez met with Barry Bonds multiple times to get hitting tips as he prepares for his return to the major leagues ...

Rodriguez also worked with former Seattle Mariners teammate Edgar Martinez in Miami last week.

The meetings with Bonds seem like an odd choice because of the steroids link between the two...

Bonds, who owns the most homers in MLB history, was a special instructor with the San Francisco Giants during spring training in 2014.
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This drew the typical hysterical reaction from the usual media sheep:
- A-Rod is tone deaf.
- Couldn't he find someone else?
- He had to fly from Miami all the way to San Francisco?

Blah, blah, blah.

As a Yankee fan I think it's great.  As usual Alex Rodriguez is being extremely diligent and rather than going to some guy specified by the team as the batting coach or worse some designated generic shrink as was also suggested by the media sheep, A-Rod chose the person who has the closest resume, both good and bad, which should make Barry Bonds uniquely qualified to provide meaningful advice.  Also, there are suggestions from players that Bonds is really good at coaching.

Yankees Hire Two Hitting Instructors and Reshuffle Some Coaches
Jeff Pentland and Alan Cockrell Hired to Jointly Coach Batters
By DAVID WALDSTEIN JAN. 13, 2015  The New York Times

...  Brian Cashman was interviewing candidates for the Yankees’ hitting coach opening ...

For the first time, the Yankees will have two hitting coaches, Jeff Pentland and Alan Cockrell, the team announced Monday...

Cockrell played nine games for the Colorado Rockies in 1996 and served as their hitting coach in 2002 and in 2007 — the year they went to the World Series — and 2008. He also held the position for the Seattle Mariners in 2009 and 2010...

Pentland, 68, has 16 years of experience as a major league hitting coach, starting in 1996. He served in that position for the Marlins, the Chicago Cubs, the Kansas City Royals, the Seattle Mariners and the Los Angeles Dodgers.
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Say what?  Brian Cashman has ZERO credentials to be interviewing any coaching candidates.  Where the heck did he play?  Nothing in the article suggests that field manager Joe Girardi had anything to do with the selection and assignment of Yankee coaches.  Kevin Long was the Yankee hitting coach in recent seasons but he was fired and quickly hired by the Mets.

General managers way too full of themselves: Beane, Cashman, the guy in San Diego.  Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Brian Cashman is the son of a Steinbrenner family friend who started as an intern and worked his way up to general manager 16 years ago...

the Steinbrenner Kids, who own the New York Yankees, signed their 16 year incumbent general manager (GM) Brian Cashman to a new three year contract.  Did they know that the Tampa Rays GM was available, that Andrew Friedman was talking to the Los Angeles Dodgers? ...

Instead of cleaning house and bringing in an established but young and talented executive like Andrew Friedman of Tampa, the Steinbrenner Kids stick with Brian Cashman ...

This off season Cashman has been making the type of bizarre small market moves that Beane has been making for over a decade.  The problem for Cashman in his attempt to show that he is smarter than Beane is that Beane appears to have had a mental breakdown and is out of control.  No matter how absurd Cashman's moves seem, they trail the odd things being done by his Oakland idol.  Of course, Cashman would never admit that he is trying to show off how smart he is and he certainly will not admit that he would let little Oakland influence New York.  But it is the inevitable conclusion to be reached
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Alex Rodriguez July 28, 2007
by Keith Allison via Wikimedia Commons
So should Rodriguez have preferred Pentland and/or Cockrell, neither of whom I had ever heard of, or an aforementioned "designated generic shrink"?  Which brings up something I've wondered about for a while.  Why don't the big time hitters have personal coaches?  You know, like swing coaches for big time golfers like Tiger Woods.

I do not like Barry Bonds.  But when I was watching him trying to break the season home run record of 70 and the patience he exhibited I remember thinking: you've got to hand it to this guy.  I had never seen such plate discipline.  The pitchers were giving him almost nothing to hit.  Bonds just took his walks ... and waited.  If he can instill some of that calm in Rodriguez when A-Rod is faced with the most difficult challenge of his career, then it makes all the sense in the world for Alex Rodriguez to be big enough to accept advice from a fellow pariah who understands the baseball world outside the accepted parameters and possibly how to rehabilitate himself and others.  Maybe.

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