• 40,000 To One

    Posted by on May 23rd, 2012 · Comments (0)

    Some story.

    Anchors Aweigh, Yankees!

    Posted by on May 23rd, 2012 · Comments (11)

    Great stuff on the Yankees today via Bob Klap -

    That tense, surreal final out still was vivid in the Yankees’ memory, which went a long way toward explaining the expression on Brian Cashman’s face. It wasn’t a celebratory look as much as relief, or, closer to the truth, pure exhaustion.

    The general manager is the first to admit the Bombers aren’t a very good team these days. The Yankees squeaked by the anemic Royals, 3-2, on a night that could’ve dropped them into dead last in the East. Only the Red Sox’ loss to the Orioles spared the Yankees, along with Alex Rodriguez’s ability to quickly negotiate Alcides Escobar’s grounder with two outs in the ninth and the tying run on third base.

    Had A-Rod not fired a perfect, across-the-infield missile, and had Mark Teixeira not made the perfect stretch, the Yankees’ slump might’ve mushroomed into a full-blown crisis. The sense of unease about the Bombers’ decline is that great. Even Cashman said, “We’re bad right now.”

    The core of the problem is A-Rod, who simply can’t hit home runs any more; he’s gone 52 at-bats without clearing the wall. And without his power threat, the Yankees don’t have the resources to dominate as they once did. Not when their rotation, ranked 11th in the AL, continues its journey toward mediocrity.

    Think of it: CC Sabathia no longer is the blow-away ace of his first three years in pinstripes. Hiroki Kuroda may never make a full transition to American League excellence. Ivan Nova’s WHIP has ballooned from 1.33 in 2011 to 1.65 this year; he’s always in trouble. And Phil Hughes, who pitched relatively well over six innings Tuesday, can’t finish off hitters. Of his 104 pitches to the Royals, 26 were fouled off, including 14 with two strikes.

    Point is, the Yankees need more runs if their pitching isn’t going to match, say, the Rays or the O’s. But how can any of that happen if A-Rod continues to deteriorate into a $29 million singles hitter? He’s lifting 10 percent fewer fly balls this year than in 2011. His ground-ball ratio is at 51.3 percent, the highest of his career.

    Girardi continues to say all the right things about A-Rod, how he believes in the slugger’s track record. “He’s done it before,” is the manager’s favorite line of defense, which technically is true. But Rodriguez never has been an almost 37-year-old, either.

    The age issue is a sensitive one for Girardi and Cashman, because they know the Yankees have no other options available.

    The GM dismisses the warning signs that others see, saying instead, “I hear the same thing every year. It’s like déjà vu. We’re going to get through this.”

    Yet Cashman knows there are no can’t-miss prospects waiting in the farm system.

    There are no trades likely to happen, not if it’s going to cost the team younger players and increase payroll.

    This is the roster Cashman and his bosses have hand-picked, or as the GM said, “We’re like a ship that’s set sail across the ocean. We’re out to sea.”

    O.K., I’ll just hang up now and listen to your reaction…

    2012 Edition Of “Stars and Stripes” Caps

    Posted by on May 23rd, 2012 · Comments (4)

    Gosh, these are ugly.

    Hat tip, no pun intended, to Chris Creamer.

    More on this here.

    Oldest Guy To Hit A Triple Since 1918

    Posted by on May 23rd, 2012 · Comments (0)

    I never would have guessed Nick…

    Rk Player Age Date Tm Opp Rslt PA AB H 3B
    1 Nick Altrock 48.015 1924-09-30 WSH BOS L 1-13 1 1 1 1
    2 Julio Franco 46.309 2005-06-28 ATL FLA W 9-1 5 4 1 1
    3 Julio Franco 46.036 2004-09-28 (1) ATL NYM L 1-2 4 3 1 1
    4 Julio Franco 46.007 2004-08-30 ATL SFG W 7-6 5 5 2 1
    5 Julio Franco 45.310 2004-06-28 ATL FLA W 6-1 4 3 1 1
    6 Pete Rose 45.094 1986-07-17 CIN PHI W 7-6 6 5 2 1
    7 Pete Rose 45.055 1986-06-08 (1) CIN SFG W 7-3 5 5 1 1
    8 Julio Franco 44.334 2003-07-23 ATL FLA L 4-5 4 3 1 1
    9 Julio Franco 44.265 2003-05-15 ATL SDP W 15-6 5 4 1 1
    10 Carlton Fisk 44.210 1992-07-23 CHW MIL W 6-2 5 5 1 1
    11 Sam Rice 44.159 1934-07-29 (1) CLE SLB W 11-5 5 5 2 1
    12 Pete Rose 44.150 1985-09-11 CIN SDP W 2-0 4 3 2 1
    13 Tony Perez 44.097 1986-08-19 CIN STL W 6-1 4 4 1 1
    14 Omar Vizquel 44.044 2011-06-07 CHW SEA W 5-1 4 4 1 1
    15 Pete Rose 44.029 1985-05-13 CIN PHI W 7-3 4 4 2 1
    16 Julio Franco 43.290 2002-06-09 ATL TEX W 9-3 4 2 1 1
    17 Luke Appling 43.168 1950-09-17 (1) CHW WSH W 4-0 4 3 2 1
    18 Sam Rice 43.161 1933-07-31 WSH NYY L 9-13 1 1 1 1
    19 Sam Rice 43.153 1933-07-23 WSH DET L 8-12 5 5 2 1
    20 Rickey Henderson 43.153 2002-05-27 BOS TOR W 8-6 5 5 1 1
    21 Luke Appling 43.119 1950-07-30 (2) CHW NYY L 3-4 4 4 3 1
    22 Sam Rice 43.089 1933-05-20 WSH CHW W 7-0 5 5 4 1
    23 Omar Vizquel 43.067 2010-06-30 CHW KCR L 6-7 3 3 1 1
    24 Pete Rose 43.060 1984-06-13 MON CHC L 4-7 4 3 3 1
    25 Luke Appling 43.035 1950-05-07 (1) CHW PHA W 7-3 5 5 1 1
    Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
    Generated 5/23/2012.

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    Best ever “Alt rock” player?

    The Eephus League Magazine

    Posted by on May 23rd, 2012 · Comments (1)

    This is just awesome.

    The site is a unique reading experience. The entire issue loads into one page, so give it a few moments to load in. The up and down arrow keys will allow you to cycle through “pages”, there is a table of contents at the beginning of the issue that will zip you to the main stories.

    How A-Rod Can Become A Baseball God (For Only $114 Million)

    Posted by on May 22nd, 2012 · Comments (33)

    Alex Rodriguez is off to a rough start this season. He appears to be a shell of what he once was – in terms of his offensive production. And, this downturn has been a trend for him over the last five years or so.

    At this point, assuming that his days as a star player are indeed over, A-Rod could create a new and special legacy for himself (in the history of the game) if he would just pull a “Gil Meche” and say “You know, I’ve made over a quarter-billion dollars in my baseball career, to date. Money is not an issue for me. Rather than perform at a level below my expectations, I am going to retire from the game now and give up the last five years of my contract with the Yankees.”

    If Alex Rodriguez made a move like this, then people would forget all the stupid stuff that’s he done and said in the past. He would not be remembered for being a self-absorbed prima donna. Even his PED history would take back seat to this news. A-Rod would be known as “The Guy Who Walked Away From $114 Million Rather Than Milk The Yankees.”

    I know, I know…”Walk away from $114 million?” Yes, it seems insane. But, what could that money possible buy you, in your lifetime, that you could not already buy with the quarter-billion dollars that you already made? Seriously, a quarter-billion. I mean, come on…

    But, you know this will never happen. And, it’s too bad. It could be the best $114 million that A-Rod ever spent….if he cares about his place in baseball history.

    Proctor, Proctor, Give Me The News…

    Posted by on May 22nd, 2012 · Comments (2)

    Check it out

    Scott Proctor picked up his league leading 12th save tonight by pitching 2 scoreless innings. He has a 0.61 ERA, 0.89 WHIP, and BAA of .160

    Everyday Scottie Proctor is just killing it in the Korean baseball league. Good for him.

    The Yankees Are Just A .500 Team After Their First 42 Games Of 2012

    Posted by on May 21st, 2012 · Comments (17)

    Here’s what their record was after their first 42 games in the twenty five years prior to this season:

    Rk Tm Year 6 W L   W-L%
    2 NYY 2011 23 19 Ind. Games .548
    3 NYY 2010 26 16 Ind. Games .619
    4 NYY 2009 24 18 Ind. Games .571
    5 NYY 2008 20 22 Ind. Games .476
    6 NYY 2007 19 23 Ind. Games .452
    7 NYY 2006 24 18 Ind. Games .571
    8 NYY 2005 22 20 Ind. Games .524
    9 NYY 2004 24 18 Ind. Games .571
    10 NYY 2003 27 15 Ind. Games .643
    11 NYY 2002 27 15 Ind. Games .643
    12 NYY 2001 23 19 Ind. Games .548
    13 NYY 2000 25 17 Ind. Games .595
    14 NYY 1999 24 18 Ind. Games .571
    15 NYY 1998 32 10 Ind. Games .762
    16 NYY 1997 25 17 Ind. Games .595
    17 NYY 1996 25 17 Ind. Games .595
    18 NYY 1995 17 25 Ind. Games .405
    19 NYY 1994 29 13 Ind. Games .690
    20 NYY 1993 24 18 Ind. Games .571
    21 NYY 1992 23 19 Ind. Games .548
    22 NYY 1991 18 24 Ind. Games .429
    23 NYY 1990 17 25 Ind. Games .405
    24 NYY 1989 20 22 Ind. Games .476
    25 NYY 1988 28 14 Ind. Games .667
    26 NYY 1987 27 15 Ind. Games .643
    Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
    Generated 5/21/2012.

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    There’s a good chance that the Yankees will win less than 90 games this season…if you go by the feel of their season so far.  Just like they did in 2008.

    Busher Mascot War

    Posted by on May 21st, 2012 · Comments (0)

    It’s on, baby!

    Good Wood

    Posted by on May 21st, 2012 · Comments (2)

    I’m a little late on this one. But, man, as a dad, it’s hard to watch this and keep a dry eye.

    Yankees 6th Best Team In AL?

    Posted by on May 21st, 2012 · Comments (4)

    A saw a comment left by Sean Forman over at BBTF that said, according to B-R.com’s SRS ratings – which consider strength of schedule and margin of victory – the AL top six are: Texas, Toronto, Baltimore, Tampa, Red Sox, and the Yankees (in that order).

    Rk Tm W L W-L% SRS 6
    1 TEX 26 16 .619 2.4
    2  TOR 23 19 .548 1.3
    3 BAL 27 15 .643 1.0
    4  TBR 25 17 .595 1.0
    5  BOS 20 21 .488 0.9
    6  NYY 21 20 .512 0.8
    7  CHW 21 21 .500 0.6
    8 CLE 23 18 .561 0.3
    9  DET 20 21 .488 0.3
    10  SEA 19 24 .442 0.2
    11  OAK 21 21 .500 0.1
    12  LAA 18 24 .429 -0.1
    13  KCR 16 24 .400 -0.1
    14  MIN 14 27 .341 -1.2
    Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
    Generated 5/21/2012.

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    And,  the White Sox are right behing the Yankees.

    I wonder if Brian Cashman is smoking this in his objective pipe today?

    Lowest Season SLG% By Members Of 500-HR Club (Min. 100 PA) – Post Age 30

    Posted by on May 21st, 2012 · Comments (0)

    Here is the list:

    Rk Player SLG PA Year Age Tm G AB HR RBI BB SO BA OBP
    1 Ken Griffey .204 108 2010 40 SEA 33 98 0 7 9 17 .184 .250
    2 Willie McCovey .301 132 1980 42 SFG 48 113 1 16 13 23 .204 .285
    3 Eddie Murray .317 185 1997 41 TOT 55 167 3 18 15 26 .222 .281
    4 Willie McCovey .336 251 1976 38 TOT 82 226 7 36 24 43 .204 .283
    5 Reggie Jackson .340 458 1983 37 CAL 116 397 14 49 52 140 .194 .290
    6 Willie Mays .344 239 1973 42 NYM 66 209 6 25 27 47 .211 .303
    7 Jimmie Foxx .344 348 1942 34 TOT 100 305 8 33 40 70 .226 .320
    8 Harmon Killebrew .347 290 1973 37 MIN 69 248 5 32 41 59 .242 .352
    9 Jim Thome .352 242 2005 34 PHI 59 193 7 30 45 59 .207 .360
    10 Hank Aaron .355 543 1975 41 MIL 137 465 12 60 70 51 .234 .332
    11 Harmon Killebrew .360 382 1974 38 MIN 122 333 13 54 45 61 .222 .312
    12 Hank Aaron .369 308 1976 42 MIL 85 271 10 35 35 38 .229 .315
    13 Mike Schmidt .372 172 1989 39 PHI 42 148 6 28 21 17 .203 .297
    14 Frank Thomas .374 289 2008 40 TOT 71 246 8 30 39 57 .240 .349
    15 Harmon Killebrew .375 369 1975 39 KCR 106 312 14 44 54 70 .199 .317
    16 Sammy Sosa .376 424 2005 36 BAL 102 380 14 45 39 84 .221 .295
    17 Eddie Mathews .392 511 1967 35 TOT 137 436 16 57 63 88 .236 .333
    18 Willie McCovey .396 390 1978 40 SFG 108 351 12 64 36 57 .228 .298
    19 Mickey Mantle .398 547 1968 36 NYY 144 435 18 54 106 97 .237 .385
    20 Alex Rodriguez .399 167 2012 36 NYY 39 148 5 15 20 31 .270 .368
    Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
    Generated 5/21/2012.

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    Of course, A-Rod’s numbers are through yesterday’s game.

    A-Rod, Mantle, Sosa and Reggie make an interesting study…

    Private First Class Hannibal Shirley Dobbs Sounds The Charge!

    Posted by on May 21st, 2012 · Comments (0)

    Harty Seely is a very, very, funny dude. An awesome video clip.

    The Yankees Are 11-14 In Their Last 25 Games

    Posted by on May 20th, 2012 · Comments (13)

    It’s the Curse of Elliot’s Bovine Loudmouth Bimbo Ex-Wife.

    Seriously, ever since this woman was on TV, the Yankees went into the tank. Go west and get glammed up, Janice Soprano? (Then again, you can put a pig in a party dress, but, it’s still just a pig.)

    A-lbatro$$ – The Slugging Slug

    Posted by on May 20th, 2012 · Comments (7)

    Any guess as to who this is – with a SLG% decrease five years in a row now?

    Year G PA SLG
    2007 158 708 .645
    2008 138 594 .573
    2009 124 535 .532
    2010 137 595 .506
    2011 99 428 .461
    2012 38 163 .421
    Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
    Generated 5/20/2012.

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    Hint: He’s under contract for the next five years with the New York Yankees at a salary around $23 million per year.

    Brings Me Back To ’73

    Posted by on May 19th, 2012 · Comments (1)

    Better late than never.  I just found this great post from a year ago.  Wonderful photos!

    Diggers

    Posted by on May 19th, 2012 · Comments (0)

    Gotta love these guys.

    The Baseball Hall Of Shame: The Best Of Blooperstown

    Posted by on May 19th, 2012 · Comments (0)

    From 1985 to 1992, Bruce Nash and Allan Zullo authored “The Baseball Hall of Shame” series which were a collection of baseball “goofs and gaffes” tales from Major League Baseball history.  If you’ve ever read any of these books, you know that they’re full of fun stuff for baseball fans.

    After a 20 year break in the series, Nash and Zullo are back and have released The Baseball Hall of Shame: The Best of Blooperstown. This new offering covers the zany, goofy, and wacky things in baseball from 1885 through 2011.

    What I like most about this collection is that the authors aim to share the fun and true little known stories over the widely known ones.

    Inauspicious debuts, wacky plate appearances, fielding fiascoes, practical jokes, post-season screw-ups, nutty habits and idiosyncrasies, hothead meltdowns, and undignified ballpark promotions are just some of the things that you’ll find covered with this book.

    There’s something for every baseball fan in The Baseball Hall of Shame: The Best of Blooperstown.

    Starring Curtis Granderson As Han Solo

    Posted by on May 18th, 2012 · Comments (10)

    Curtis Granderson has 180 career homeruns through yesterday. Of these, 120 have come with the bases empty. Yes, one-twenty.

    Picking up on what I mentioned two years ago on this, 68 of those 120 have come with no outs.

    So, two-thirds of Granderson’s career homeruns are solo homeruns and half of those have come with no outs. What does that tell you?

    Ump Suspended For Bad Situation Handling

    Posted by on May 18th, 2012 · Comments (1)

    Via C. Trent Rosecrans -

    Major League Baseball has suspended Bob Davidson one game for “repeated violations of the Office of the Commissioner’s stanards for situation handling.”

    While MLB says this is a culmination of several incidents (and they’re not wrong) it would appear Tuesday’s incident with Phillies manager Charlie Manuel put it over the top. Manuel was also suspended a game, but for just the one incident, not repeated violations.

    Against the Astros, Davidson obstructed Philadelphia catcher Brian Schneider’s attempts to pick up a dropped third strike from Cliff Lee and then when he was confronted by Manuel, he had several choice words for the Phillies manager that any amateur lip-reader could easily make out.

    Davidson has the reputation as one of the game’s worst umpires and has earned the nickname Balkin’ Bob because of his penchant for calling balks. Last season he ranked fourth on a players’ poll of worst umpires by Sports Illustrated.

    While one game isn’t as much as we’d like to see Davidson get for his lack of professional behavior, it’s at least a start for what many fans see as the rising arrogance of Major League Baseball umpires. Sure, some will yell that he should be fired, but it’s at least a start.

    Is this the first of more to come?

    Without Them, You’d Have Passed Balls

    Posted by on May 18th, 2012 · Comments (1)

    Have the Yankees ever had a dynasty run without a home-grown All-Star caliber catcher?

    In any event, Russell Martin is trending towards Girardi or Molina territory with the bat this season.

    Rk Player OPS+ AB PA Year Age Tm G R H 2B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG
    5 Jose Molina 51 268 297 2008 33 NYY 100 32 58 17 3 18 12 52 .216 .263 .313
    6 Joe Girardi 60 209 229 1999 34 NYY 65 23 50 16 2 27 10 26 .239 .271 .354
    8 Russell Martin 67 96 118 2012 29 NYY 33 10 16 3 3 9 18 23 .167 .322 .292
    Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
    Generated 5/18/2012.

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    Can the Yankees afford that?

    Ronnier No-Neck Mustelier

    Posted by on May 18th, 2012 · Comments (0)

    He’s knocking on the door in Yankeeland.

    El Cañón de Juguete?

    Fan Arrested For Moving His Seat At Ballpark

    Posted by on May 18th, 2012 · Comments (6)

    Via the Daily News

    An off-duty NYPD cop ended up arrested Wednesday night for moving to a better seat at Citi Field, then refusing to budge when security cried foul.

    Officer Eduardo Cornejo had a legit ticket to the Mets’ sad 6-3 drubbing by the Cincinnati Reds, but ballpark management confronted him once they realized he was stretched out in a seat better than the one he had purchased.

    “He was in a section he wasn’t supposed to be,” Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said. “They asked him to leave. He wouldn’t. [A] supervisor asked him to leave. He wouldn’t. The uniformed police sergeant asked him to leave. He wouldn’t, and he was arrested as a result.”

    The obstinate 30-year-old was arraigned on criminal trespass charges Thursday and released.

    When Cornejo and a woman arrived at his Staten Island home afterward, he was sporting a Mets cap.

    “I’m sorry but I have no comment,” Cornejo said.

    He works within the 67th Precinct in Brooklyn and has been with the NYPD since 2005.

    Pretty stupid. This all could have been avoided if he just went back to his seat when asked.

    The Yankees Stink?

    Posted by on May 18th, 2012 · Comments (8)

    Andrew Marchand thinks that they do.

    However, when you look at the Yankees over their first 38 games of 2011 and 2012, they’re pretty much at the same place.  And, last year, they ended up in first place by the end of the season. See the stats…

    Batting:

    Rk Tm Year #Matching W L   PA HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG SH SF IBB HBP GDP
    1 NYY 2011 38 20 18 Ind. Games 1447 60 185 154 261 .249 .336 .445 6 12 5 17 43
    2 NYY 2012 38 20 18 Ind. Games 1458 56 173 137 244 .266 .340 .452 3 12 6 13 36
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    Generated 5/18/2012.

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    Pitching:

    Rk Tm Year #Matching W L   W-L% ERA SHO SV IP H ER HR BB SO WHIP
    1 NYY 2011 38 20 18 Ind. Games .526 3.81 0 14 342.2 329 145 35 132 272 1.35
    2 NYY 2012 38 20 18 Ind. Games .526 4.23 1 9 336.1 350 158 49 113 312 1.38
    Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
    Generated 5/18/2012.

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    Wherever I Wind Up: My Quest For Truth, Authenticity And The Perfect Knuckleball

    Posted by on May 18th, 2012 · Comments (1)

    I just finished reading R.A. Dickey’s Wherever I Wind Up: My Quest for Truth, Authenticity and the Perfect Knuckleball.

    In a nutshell, from the minute I started reading Wherever I Wind Up, I could not put it down. This book is a true page-turner.

    Dickey’s story is full of interesting things – including his struggles with some terrible childhood tragedies and constant self-doubt. Of course, there’s also his unique place in the history of the baseball draft and elbow issues – coupled with the conversion from being a conventional pitcher to becoming a knuckleballer. Lastly, there’s Dickey’s spiritual journey which is also detailed in this memoir.

    However, I think what got me most with Wherever I Wind Up was Dickey’s gift as a writer and a storyteller. This just may be one of the best written baseball autobiographies that I have read in the last 35 years. And, if it’s not the best, it’s in the team picture, for sure.

    I highly recommend reading R.A. Dickey’s Wherever I Wind Up: My Quest for Truth, Authenticity and the Perfect Knuckleball.

    Cito Culpability

    Posted by on May 18th, 2012 · Comments (0)

    Isn’t it time for the Yankees to admit it was a huge mistake to take Cito Culver in the 2010 draft over players such as Bryce Brentz, Taijuan Walker, Nick Castellanos and Mike Olt?

    Club Diamond Nation

    Posted by on May 17th, 2012 · Comments (2)

    Club Diamond Nation is set to launch an online instructional website. More details will come later, but for now the site is offering a “sneak peek” with a friendly competition between the online instructors, who include Kevin Long, new Hall of Famer Barry Larkin, future HOFer Tom Glavine, softball legend Jennie Finch, and Jack Cust (who founded Diamond Nation with his father Jack Cust Sr.). Click here to check it out.

    The Wet Week Of 1945

    Posted by on May 17th, 2012 · Comments (1)

    On May 18, 1945, the Detroit Tigers and Philadelphia Athletics both ran up a streak where they had seven straight games postponed because of rain (over a four day period). Overall, in the American League, every game between the 14th and the 17th was rained out.

    Imagine what a mess that would be if it happened today…

    Well, That Kind Of Puts A Damper On Even A Marv Gomez Dance

    Posted by on May 17th, 2012 · Comments (0)


    Donna Summer – Last dance (Thank God It's Friday) by mickeynold

    Another icon passes.

    Spare The Power, Spoil The A-Rod

    Posted by on May 17th, 2012 · Comments (15)

    Great stuff from Ed Marks on A-Rod today:

    From the time [Alex Rodriguez] broke in as a major leaguer in 1994 through the 2007 season, Rodriguez averaged one home run for every 14.2 at-bats, good enough to make the career top 10 list in that category. But since 2008 he has been merely a good power hitter, not a great one, and the dropoff since the start of last season has been startling.

    Since the start of the 2008 season, when [A-Rod's] hip “irregularity” was detected, Rodriguez has been averaging one home run for every 17.1 at-bats. His 1994-to-2007 average translated to 42.3 home runs for a 600 at-bat season; his average since then yields 35.1 home runs per 600 at-bats, a decline of 17 percent. He hit 35 homers in 2008, and 30 in 2009 and 2010. In his first four seasons with the Yankees he averaged 43.3.

    And it’s getting worse. Much worse. Last season he averaged one home run for every 23.3 at-bats; so far this year, with a total of five home runs in the Yankees’ first 37 games (two fewer than Raul Ibanez), he is averaging one for every 27.2 at-bats — a rate that would give him 22 homers if he has 600 at-bats this season.

    And he ranks only eighth on the team in slugging percentage (.412); even Eric Chavez (.523) and Andruw Jones (.472) are ahead of him.

    If you think that sounds ominous, consider this: After this season there are still five more years left on his contract. Five more years. If his current trend continues, Rodriguez might finish that contract as the best-paid player ever to appear in an Old-Timers’ Game.

    If A-Rod gets 600 At Bats this season and hits less than 25 HR, playing half his games at Yankee Stadium, then he is, indeed, cooked as a power hitter. But, we have to wait for the season to play out to see what his final numbers will be this year.

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