I was just looking at Alex Rodriguez’ career Yankees stats, to date, and I noticed something. For a guy who hits a lot of a lot of homers, it seemed like he doesn’t hit a lot of doubles or triples.
O.K., yeah, triples are rare anyway. But, the doubles thing still had my attention. So, I pulled out the CBE and asked it to tell me, since 1961, for guys with (around) the same number of Yankees career PA (as A-Rod, to date) who has hit the fewest doubles? This is what I got:
This is interesting. In the last 46 years, for guys who had about 2,000 PA in their Yankees career, Jim Leyritz, Alex Rodriguez, and Rick Cerone have hit the fewest doubles.
Now, Leyritz and Cerone were slow catchers. They have an excuse. But, Rodriguez has a ton more homers to his credit than those two. So, A-Rod is still trotting around the bases a lot.
There’s nothing really here, to say, in terms of the three of these players being at the top of this list as a group.
If anything, what this data tells us is, if someone were to ask you “What’s he going to do?” when Alex Rodriguez steps to the plate, your answer should be one of the following:
1. Make an out.
2. Hit a single.
3. Get a walk.
4. Hit a homer.
You should probably never say “Hit a triple” and if you say “Hit a double” then you’re working against the odds.
And, if A-Rod should hit for the cycle someday, that would be something – given these stats.