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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Alex Rodriguez is the all time Yankee third baseman.

Through May 13, 2015 50.4% of the career plate appearances (PA) of Alex Rodriguez have been with the New York Yankees: 5,786 of 11,473.  By any reasonable measurement Alex Rodriguez is a New York Yankee.  Yankee fans are treating him that way this season, cheering one of their own for his performance and possibly also because they do not want Yankee haters to dictate to them how they should feel about a Yankee.  After all, New England Patriot fans are supporting Tom Brady in his time of need after he was suspended by the NFL this week.

1901 to 2015, played 50% of games at 3B, at least 3000 plate appearances, sorted by greatest Adjusted OPS+

Rk Player OPS+ PA From To Age G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB IBB SO HBP SH SF GDP SB CS BA OBP SLG OPS Pos
1 Alex Rodriguez 141 5786 2004 2015 28-39 1324 4936 928 1430 240 9 317 999 699 56 1109 99 0 52 132 145 30 .290 .385 .535 .920 *5D/H63
2 Graig Nettles 114 6248 1973 1983 28-38 1535 5519 750 1396 202 20 250 834 627 55 739 31 8 62 115 18 25 .253 .329 .433 .762 *5/HD6
3 Red Rolfe 99 5406 1931 1942 22-33 1175 4827 942 1394 257 67 69 497 526 335 10 42 14 44 20 .289 .360 .413 .773 *5/6H
4 Wid Conroy 95 3300 1903 1908 26-31 796 3005 356 750 111 59 12 266 198 306 16 81 184 .250 .299 .338 .637 *576/8439
5 Clete Boyer 86 4037 1959 1966 22-29 1068 3658 434 882 140 25 95 393 297 51 608 15 27 38 81 27 12 .241 .298 .371 .669 *56/H4
6 Joe Dugan 82 3325 1922 1928 25-31 785 3043 426 871 147 27 22 316 156 183 22 107 12 16 .286 .326 .374 .700 *5/H4
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 5/13/2015.

Red Rolfe 1934 Goudey baseball card via Wikimedia Commons
Rodriguez has a much higher OPS+ than his predecessor, Graig Nettles, as the greatest Yankee third baseman, although Nettles has 8% more Yankee PA; Nettles Yankee PA are 61% of his career PA.  Rodriguez won two of his three MVP awards as a Yankee.  Both played 11 seasons with the Yankees.

So why don't the Steinbrenner Kids treat Rodriguez with the kind of respect that his standing as a Yankee and all time great would suggest?  The simple answer is that Rodriguez disgraced himself, the Yankees, the Major Baseball League (MBL) and all of humanity by being over charged and grossly over punished for his tacky involvement with performance enhancing drugs (PED), which provoked an over reaction for unknown reasons.

Note that the Kraft family is staunchly supporting Tom Brady after Brady was found guilty of cheating by the NFL.  Rodriguez never failed a drug test but then neither did any of the other 13 players suspended in 2013 in the Biogenisis scandal.  More on the juxtaposition of Brady and Rodriguez in a future post.

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