This year, Alex Rodriguez, even with his slumps, etc., is the best offensive third baseman in the American League and mostly likely the 6th best offensive 3B in all of baseball (behind Cabrera, Atkins, Jones, Wright and Rolen).
Further, this season, offensively, A-Rod (again, in terms of the total package) has put up numbers that are probably the 7th best season ever (with the bat) for a Yankee at the hot corner (behind Red Rolfe in 1936 and 1939, Wade Boggs in 1994, Gil McDougald in 1951, and, of course, A-Rod in 2004 and 2005).
In terms of right-handed batters in Yankees history, Rodriguez’ 2006 season (on the whole) is around the 50th best all-time (with the stick). Think “Alfonso Soriano 2003″ if you need a “comp” here.
I wanted to go on record with these facts to be clear to anyone and everyone as to what type of season Alex Rodriguez is having this year (as a hitter).
But, without question, when the books are final this year, and Yankees fans, fifty years from now, look at A-Rod’s 2006, what they should see is:
Best hitting 3B in the AL. Seventh best offensive season (at that point) ever by a Yankees 3B. One of the twenty-best seasons with the bat by a Yankees RH-batter in the Long Ball Era.
It’s a shame, for everyone involved, that the bottom line numbers do not stand as the only reflection of Alex Rodriguez’ 2006 season. That’s a problem – for A-Rod, the Yankees, and many Yankees fans.
As to what is the root cause behind that problem, I’m sure that each camp has their own theories.
There’s a reason why so many see something else besides the overall numbers when it comes to Rodriguez’ 2006 performance results. And, as is the case in most situations where there are many theories, each camp’s belief probably has some part of the overall true reason as part of their offering.
Personally, for the record, this is the last time that I will detail A-Rod’s on the field, regular season, performance. It’s been discussed so much that there’s really nothing else to say.