- For the Love of Rod...
With all the hooplah surrounding the Mets, one player who usually gets put under the radar is Rod Barajas. This off-season, Omar Minaya avoided the temptation of signing Bengie Molina, a wise move
- A-Rod's Numbers
, A-Rod's percent of homeruns by batted balls was between .066 and .070, with 1997 at .044. This is a range occupied by the career rates of Frank Robinson, Hank Aaron, Alfonso Soriano, Vlad Guerrero
- A-Rod's Camp
- Rod Barajas Is Here to Help
After the operatic goings-on of baseball's Night of Long Knives, I have the feeling that all of us could use a piping-hot plate of whimsy. Fortunately, funnyman Rod Barajas is here to help
- Ibanez Starts, A-Rod Finishes
having better numbers against right-handers this year and A-Rod obviously not having a very good postseason thus far. With their backs against the wall, the Yankees are going with the platoon
- A-Rod's Grandest Slams
and was the bigger play according to Win Probability Added (WPA), tying up the game on one swing with his team down four runs is a pretty nice feat for A-Rod, the man who still bears the stigma of being "unclutch
- Foolishly Looking for the Next A-Rod
why I'm writing about A-Rod, though it's not as though one really needs an excuse to write about A-Rod. He's arguably the best player many of us have ever seen, and he remains a productive one even
- Item: Rod Carew Decoupage
What we have here, objectively speaking, is a photo of Rod Carew on a piece of finished wood -- purchased at a thrift store in Madison, Wisconsin.
Because I heard not one mention of it during
- The Truth About Rod Barajas
to stop the running game, according to Rod Barajas, reasonably:
“Is (allowing stolen bases) the reason why we’re not winning? Absolutely not,” Barajas said. “The first half we weren’t throwing anybody
- K-Rod's Season
the Angels' 162nd and final game of the season. He's on pace for 66 saves, which would shatter the record of 57 that Bobby Thigpen set in 1990.
Some may guess that K-Rod has just padded his total
- A-Rod's Odd Line
/.595. Despite a sub-.200 BA, A-Rod was OPSing over 1.000!
After an 0-4 showing, his numbers look like this: .171/.382/.537, .398 wOBA. Can you recall an odder looking line of statistics
- A-Rod To Have Hip Surgery
reported this morning that A-Rod had surgery on his left hip and will be sidelined for 3-6 months. The end of that timeline would put him on track to return to the field in June, and given the lingering
- A-Rod's Master Plan
Today, Bob Klapisch reported that the Yankees have no idea what’s going on with A-rod, calling his comments (in which he tweeted out an update on how his rehab is going without clearing
- Crowdsourcing Results: Nathan and A-Rod
My vote: 2
Std Dev: 1.05
Reader “Jason B” brought up a very good point in the comments on Wednesday, wondering why I didn’t group the selections for A-Rod
- I-Rod The Astro
of extra-base thump. That ability to drive the ball is in question at this point: I-Rod posted his lowest slugging percentage (.394) and Isolated Power (.118) since 1992.
There's little risk
- K-Rod signs with Mets
Last week, we talked about how the market for relief pitchers appeared to be crashing. Today, Francisco Rodriguez and Kerry Wood became the latest to feel the contraction in bullpen spending. K-Rod
- The Evolution of K-Rod
approach to getting hitters out. This season has seen "K-Rod" post the second lowest K/9 of his career (9.92), but it's also seen the righty walk the fewest batters per nine (3.27) of his nine-plus
- Are the Yankees Protecting A-Rod's Feelings?
the following sentence in a long interview by Phil Taylor at Sports Illustrated:
And A-Rod? "Al's a very good friend," Jackson says. "But I think there are real questions about his numbers. As much as I
- A-Rod and Jeter Talk A.J. Burnett
the following conversation between Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez:
A-Rod: Baltimore, man. Baltimore.
Jeter: I'll be honest. I miss her.
A-Rod: What? Oh, Minka. Focus, Captain.
- A-Rod and Clutchness: Part 894
of leverage splits on his Baseball Reference player card, we can see that A-Rod has actually performed better in high leverage situations over his career than he has in low or medium leverage situations. Over
- Chipper and A-Rod: Saying Goodbye
faithful have been trying to run him out of town for some time now. Manager Joe Girardi said that A-Rod would be his starting third basemen entering 2013 spring training but there have also been rumors
- Imagining an A-Rod Trade
-and-dirty projection of Rodriguez for next year. MARCEL may only be a monkey, but he hangs with most projection systems well enough by using a 5/4/3 weighting of the past three years. Let's use A-Rod's last
- Will Insurance on A-Rod's Contract Save The Yankees?
$114 million on the contract. That breaks down to $28 million for 2013, $25 million for 2014, $21 million for 2015 and $20 million in 2016 and 2017.
This week, we learned A-Rod will undergo left-hip
- What Kind of A-Rod Will We See?
The Yankees welcomed Third Baseman Alex Rodriguez in Chicago today to make his season debut tonight against the White Sox. A-Rod is expected to be in the lineup, returning to his
- Down Goes A-Rod
- Up Comes A-Rod
- Great Moments in Spectacles: A-Rod
- A-Rod Heads to Surgery After All
is 10-16 weeks. Granted that A-Rod is a motivated professional athlete and thus, we would expect a shorter time frame, it is not unrealistic to expect that nine weeks may be optimistic, much less six
- K-Rod to Milwaukee: Fantasy Impact
to believe that the Brewers will continue to use John Axford in save situations. He's outperformed K-Rod this year (2.26 FIP vs. 2.98 FIP) but doesn't have the same kind of track record, however
- Great Moments in Spectacles: Rod Nichols
large? Are his lips too thick? We cannot compare them to anything, anything except the glasses. We have lost the essence of Rod Nichols behind these panes of glass. He hides in plain sight.
- Waiver Wire: Schafer & H-Rod
in the Nats' home opener. Both guys miss a ton of bats -- H-Rod with the heat, Lidge with his trademark slider -- and both guys are prone to the walk, but Lidge is a bit more hittable at this point
- The Historical Significance Of A Potential A-Rod Resurgence
, maybe even well above average in the season's early going. There's a long way to go, with many chapters yet to be written, but exactly how unusual and historically significant might a full-blown A-Rod
- Christian Garcia: The Nationals' K-Rod?
for the World Champion Angels in 2002. K-Rod pitched so well in his 5.2-inning trial (13 strikeouts and one unintentional walk) that the Halos squeezed him onto the playoff roster, where he threw another
- A Friendly Reminder About A-Rod and October
on first base, the "Alex Rodriguez is Not Clutch" narrative is popping up again. And, after just two games, some are calling for A-Rod to be dropped in the batting order due to his regular October slumps
- Lightning Rod Lefty Cole Hamels
Cole Hamels will be a lightning rod figure between two camps this year. Sure, there is the whole Mets-Phillies thing, with Hamels implying the Mets were chokers, but I was thinking of a rivalry
- K-Rod Accepts Arbitration With Brewers
, but settled on Frank Francisco to likely handle the ninth inning.
In the end, too few viable landing spots were available to entice K-Rod to forgo arbitration and gamble on the open market. He
- A-Rod's First Contract Was A Good Move
hula hoops you have to jump through in order to reach the conclusion that MacPhail suggested yesterday. Don't believe the hype; A-Rod was not the cause of the Rangers failures, and the contract
- The A-Rod Suspension and the New Moral Hazard
in the next CBA, creates an issue that Major League Baseball is going to have to contend with eventually. As we've seen in the A-Rod case, the relationship between the team and the player has
- Unlike 2006: A-Rod Wins the Game!
- K-Rod Back in the Closer Role
- Matt Carpenter, Steady Lightning Rod
- Can the Yankees Avoid Paying A-Rod's Milestone Bonuses?
York Yankees for the 2015 season. In addition to the $61 million the Yankees still owe A-Rod under the 10-year contract he signed back in 2007, Rodriguez can potentially earn another $24 million
- What's Behind A-Rod's Power Outage: The Sequel
five home runs since that point in time have indeed bumped his rate up, but it's only sitting at 12.1%, still well below his 23.3% career percentage.
A-Rod has eight home runs on the season
- Yankees Lose A-Rod And It Probably Won't Matter
the team without Rodriguez (what would happen after A-Rod comes back is anyone's guess), but lesser players like Ty Wigginton or the since-traded Marco Scutaro just add depth. They'd be replacing no-hit
- Transcript: A Baseball Writer and His Broker Discuss A-Rod
Broker: So, how about this whole A-Rod mess, huh? Can you write that he should be banned forever? [Laughs.]
Author: Well... I
- A PitchFX Look at A-Rod's Bizarre Reverse Platoon Split
been too historically good for me to be willing to write him off just yet. I won't go so far as to proclaim that the Yankees are going to be getting .400-plus-wOBA A-Rod back, but as I've noted
- A-Rod as a Player, If We've Seen the Last of Him
potential at the time they were drafted, it's a pretty safe bet that A-Rod would be selected first overall. He had it all, present body and tools, future projection, advanced feel for the game, premium
- Mets Could Win Big on K-Rod Fiasco
in voiding the entirety of the contract, they may dodge a bullet in that 2012 vesting option. The option vests if K-Rod finishes either 55 games in 2011 or 100 games between 2010 and 2011
- Predicting K-Rod's Post-Cactus Comeback
The above is a dramatization.
The already questionable Milwaukee bullpen was thrown into disarray earlier this week by the news that Francisco Rodriguez had sustained a serious injury. K-Rod
- Rubby Could Spell K-Rod for Sox
first opportunity to pitch for the Sox.
Those who watched the 2002 Angels-Giants World Series remember an energetic young Venezuelan by the name of Francisco Rodriguez.
- Rod Barajas Is Not the Answer to Your Prayers, Omar Minaya
I suppose we shouldn't have been surprised by reports that the New York Mets are going after Rod Barajas. Though most fans and observers alike acknowledged that the Mets' greatest needs were
- 2011 Closer Fallers: K-Rod, Papelbon, Lidge
that whole "attacking his father-in-law and injuring his pitching hand" thing, the 2010 season was pretty good for K-Rod. His 2.63 FIP was his lowest since 2004, his 10.52 K/9 his highest since 2007
- A-Rod Storms Out Of Arbitration, But Relief In Court Unlikely
, the arbitrator ruled that Selig need not appear and testify. That decision set A-Rod off. Ken Davidoff of the New York Post was covering the hearing (by standing outside MLB's offices, as the hearing
- The Daily Grind: E-Rod, Porcello, Taylor
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GB / FB Splits
Tomorrow's Targets - E-Rod, Porcello, Joyce, Taylor
"Fading" is what anthropologists call
- Should MLB Punish A-Rod Based on News Reports?
written about the league mulling over a punishment for A-Rod.) The players union will undoubtedly fight it tooth-and-nail, but Rodriguez may need to decide just how hard he wants to fight
- A Trio of Useful Players: Aybar, Quinn and E-Rod
-heavy but talented lineup isn't one I feel comfortable using E-Rod against after an injury-shortened turn, but if he makes it through the start healthy, his recent play makes him worth rostering
- Is the Next K-Rod Poised to Emerge this October?
of opportunities to shine.
Strickland probably has the chance to go full K-Rod on us this October. Since being called up on Sept. 1, Strickland has struck out eight of the 22
- The Daily Grind: E-Rod, Strasburg, Plouffe
. Boston is four games under .500, but they're also just four games back in the AL East. They need every marginal gain they can find. E-Rod's command and control, stuff, and strikeout ability easily fits
- In K-Rod Trade, Brewers Bet on Axford
- Don't Suspend A-Rod if He Didn't Break the Law
- REPORT: MLB's Ryan Braun to Suspend from A Rod
- A-Rod Still Awaiting Ice Bucket Challenge Invitation
- A-Rod's Cousin Is Selling Replica World Series Ring. So What?
looks at what your favorite player did over the winter, and columns drawing conclusions about spring statistics. And Alex Rodriguez stories. There are always A-Rod stories.
So it was on Sunday
- Should Lidge Have Thrown More Sliders to Tex and A-Rod?
would have to throw the fastball all the time.
Anyway, getting back to the title question, “Should Lidge have thrown more (some actually, since he threw none) sliders to Tex or A-Rod
- Brody Colvin Returns to Starting Role Against Thunder, A-Rod
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