Grounding out in the top of the 9th in game 4 of the ALCS, could this be the final time we see Alex Rodriguez in a Yankees uniform? The 14x All Star and 3x AL MVP is on the verge of leaving the Yankees after a illustrious career. We’ll look at just who is Alex Rodriguez and his rise and fall as a New York Yankee.
With the Detroit Tigers sweeping the New York Yankees to reach the 2012 World Series, this marked the end of an overall dismal postseason for the Yankees, where much criticism was placed on Alex Rodriguez. ‘A-Rod’ has yet to collect a hit against a right-hander, going 0-for-17 with 12 strikeouts in this entire postseason. To those who don’t understand baseball, that’s as bad as Fernando Torres‘ record during his first 2 seasons at Chelsea.
Alex Rodriguez is a star, or should I say was. For those of you who don’t know he is one of the greatest all-around players in the history of the game of baseball. He can hit, catch, throw and his dedication to the game is first class. Rodriguez is a 14× All-Star, 10× winner of the Silver Slugger Award, 3× AL MVP, 5× AL home run champion with 647 home runs in total, so what has contributed to the decline of ‘A-Rod’?
…past injuries are beginning to take its toll on his body…
His age is enough to compensate for his recent struggles. He’s on the wrong side of 30 and past injuries are beginning to take its toll on his body. His batting percentage has dropped every year since 2008 from .314 to .272. It seems wherever he goes, controversy is there to meet him.
Steroids was another issue early in his career with the Texas Rangers after he tested positive for performance enhancing drugs after a MVP season where he hit 47 home runs. Throughout his career he has been plagued with steroid controversy which makes you think would he have the career he had with the use of performance enhancing drugs among others?
…it is up to him to save what little he has left…
Is this the end of Alex Rodriguez’s Yankees career? It appears so after a calamitous post season and with the Yankees looking to trade him, it is up to him to save what little he has left as an elite player and end his illustrious career on a high, wherever that may be.