• A-Rod’s Milestone On Monday

    Posted by on August 23rd, 2006 · Comments (7)

    This one slipped under the radar a bit. During the 4th inning of last Monday’s game, Alex Rodriguez grounded into a double-play.

    That was the 19th time that A-Rod has grounded into a double-play (GIDP) this season – and that’s now his career high for most GIDP in a season.

    Alex’s previous season high for GIDP was 18 – which he set during his first season in New York (2004). In his recent MVP season, last year, Rodriguez only had 8 GIDP.

    Prior to joining the Yankees, during the 8 seasons from 1996 through 2003, A-Rod averaged 14 GIDP per season – with a low of 10 in 2000 and a high of 17 in 2001.

    The Yankees record for most GIDP in a season was set by Dave Winfield in 1983 when he had 30 that year. The last Yankee to have 19+ GIDP in a season was Jorge Posada (who had 24) in 2004.

    There are no accounts of what has happened to the ball from the play on Monday where A-Rod set his new personal best season record in GIDP.

    Comments on A-Rod’s Milestone On Monday

    1. August 23rd, 2006 | 3:16 pm

      There are no accounts of what has happened to the ball from the play on Monday where A-Rod set his new personal best season record in GIDP.

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      rumor has it that A-Rod’s trying to put it back in his pants… ;)

    2. MJ
      August 23rd, 2006 | 3:49 pm

      No matter how “bad” a season ARod is having, haven’t we reached the point of not having to document every little facet of ARod’s 2006?

      Also, since I’m not a big fan of Sheffield’s, I’d like to bring up the following:

      http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2006/writers/jon_heyman/08/23/sheffield.arod/index.html

    3. Josh
      August 23rd, 2006 | 4:59 pm

      Bingo, MJ. Why don’t we simply stipulate that ARod’s season is below his expectations and stop continually beating a dead horse? Steve, I noticed you neatly avoided any mention of his cluth HR that should have been a game winner.

    4. 98Yanks
      August 23rd, 2006 | 6:20 pm

      last night was a typical Arod 2006 game: feast or famine, a HR and 3 ks. I would rather see 2 rbi singles, than a 2-run shot and 3 ks. consistency would be nice.

    5. RICH
      August 23rd, 2006 | 7:42 pm

      98Yanks,

      If the HR that put them ahead and the 3 K’s that (might have) put them ahead for yet another time isn’t good enough for you what do you suggest Torre do? Should he be sat down permanently?

      So now rather than hitting a 2 run homer and 3 strikeouts you’d prefer 2 rbi singles and 3 other outs.

      Sounds to me like The Princess and the Pea

    6. 98Yanks
      August 23rd, 2006 | 10:49 pm

      ok, i dont know what ‘princess & the pea’ means.

      This isn’t a Torre problem, it’s an Arod problem. He’s the starting 3rd basemen, making $26 million, who has tremendous power and talent. He’s the guy not reaching his potential. No, he shouldnt be benched, because who you gonna play? Nick Green? Miguel Cairo? look, i hope Arod does great as a Yankee, but if he continues to underwhelm, perhaps they should consider a move in the offseason. but i’m gonna root like hell for him as long as he’s a yankee.

      and yes, i do prefer 2-4, 2 rbi singles & 2 k to 1-4, 2-run HR & 3 k

    7. Exit9
      August 24th, 2006 | 10:22 am

      Wow, we have a 6.5 game margin heading into september, and all we can talk about is A-Rod should have hit 2 singles instead of 3k’s and a dinger? What baloney. In Boston, Jeter looked awful at the plate that whole night, then hits a bloop single to tie it in the 9th. Hey I would have preferred different at bat’s for him that day. I’d prefer that Gio sprays the ball to the opposite field now and again. This A-Rod stuff has just become one crazy thread after another. What will we think of next? Maybe we should analyze his choice of jersey numbers? Is he a Jonah? Bad luck omen? C’mon guys.

      We should be really concerned that Gio and Moose stay healthy for the playoffs. We’re not the best team on paper, but we have a huge lineup and if we’re hot we can beat anyone. Guys are playing well, and playing well together. No one is stinking up the joint, not even A-Rod. And that’s a very good thing in September, just ask Tito.

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